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Release Therapy – The 2010 Album Wish List

It’s spring again, everybooody knows it’s spring agaaaain…” —The Diabolical Biz Markie, 1989

Don’t you like when the winter’s gone and the record labels start releasing brand new songs?

Pardon, me, I had to get my Biz Markie on for a second!

I can’t front, these cold NYC months have had me stuck in a rut—trekking through snow and slush-filled streets, confined to a North Face and working in an industry that basically shuts itself down.

As an editor at the world’s greatest rap mag (this is an undisputed fact, right?), I draw so much of my inspiration from the music. We’ve had a couple of joints over the last few months, like Gucci’s The State Vs. Radric Davis (you can’t front even if Gucci ain’t your cup o’ tea, “Lemonade” goes kinda hard, but I admit I slept at first) and the Young Money compilation (there’s a couple of joints on there). I also can’t forget about Jake One and Freeway’s Stimulus Package— slept on, but bangin’.

But with the weather getting warmer, and the music business picking up (I hope), I’m looking forward to new music. First on my most wanted list is Rick Ross’s Teflon Don, and before y’all get all hateful, the fact of the matter is that Deeper Than Rap was the best album of 2009. Okay, maybe that’s just my opinion, but you gotta admit it was top 3.

I’m also pretty excited to hear Kanye’s post-808s & Heartbreak. I’m pretty sure he’s sticking with the Good Ass Job theme, so it should be interesting. Of course Drake’s album is a must cop, even if it’s just to satisfy the curiosity.

I’m also hoping some of our 2010 Freshman alum get release dates, particularly J. Cole and Nipsey Hu$$le. I’ve all just about given up on Detox. Is that fucked up? Maino is on a roll with his last couple of leaks. “Bring It Back DJ,” “Ga Ga Ga,” and “Retaliate” are all bangers! And the Brooklyn in me wants the upcoming Red Café album to be ILL! I mean Izar is as hot as he has ever been, if he can’t get a release date now something is serious wrong with this game.

What are some of the releases that y’all are looking forward too? Seriously I have a feeling that 2010 is gonna be a dope year for hip-hop. —Rob Markman, The Deputy!

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