Halftime Report: The Best Rap Albums and Songs of 2010 (So Far)

Written by Rizoh. Posted in Music

Published on July 17, 2010 with 23 Comments

In a year which saw vuvuzelas invade our teevees and mediocrity invade the movie theaters, it’s great to have quality music to fall back on. No matter what those cynical bastards tell you, 2010 has been a strong year for music. Let TRU’s annual halftime report guide you through the best hip-hop albums and songs of 2010 thus far.

Albums

6 Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2010 (So Far)

  • yU – Before Taxes
    yU transports the listener to a place where music isn’t diluted by economic motivation. It’s a powerful statement by the Diamond District member. One that he truly backs up with inspired rhymes and mellow compositions.

  • Freeway/Jake One – Stimulus Package
    Stimulus Package is unpretentious hip-hop, stacked with soul samples, dizzying rhymes, and laudable guest features. But it’s the magnetic production of Jake One that astounds throughout.

  • Nas/Damian Marley – Distant Relatives
    If you’re in the business of perusing rap lyrics for every iota of contradiction, then that last statement is pure blasphemy. In the business of music as social commentary, however, Nas is peddling his version of a redemption song.

  • Big K.R.I.T. – K.R.I.T. Wuz Here
    Pretend it’s 1996 and UGK’s Ridin’ Dirty is oozing from every trunk in Southeast Texas. Elsewhere in Detroit and Atlanta, J Dilla and Outkast are making huge strides. Now fast forward to 2010. Throw Pimp C, Dilla, and OutKast in a blender and sprinkle a hint of 8Ball & MJG. Welcome to Big K.R.I.T. Wuz Here.

  • The Roots – How I Got Over
    A sprawling sonical palette drives How I Got Over the perfect backdrop for Black Thought and the cast of supporting MCs, as they explore the harsh realities of life with uncommon insight and depth

  • Big Boi – Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty
    Sir Lucious Left Foot summons OutKast’s musical risk-taking and adventurous spirit to yield an essential addition to the duo’s enviable catalog.


5 Mixtapes That Sound Better Than Most Albums

  • Rhymefest – Dangerous 5:18 [Download]
  • Pill – Pill 1140: The Overdose [Download]
  • Cee-Lo – Stray Bullets [Download]
  • Danny Brown – Detroit State of Mind 4 [Download]
  • Yelawolf – Trunk Muzik [Download]

4 Brilliant Albums That Flew Under the Radar

  • DaVinci – The Day the Turf Stood Still
  • Apollo Brown – The Reset
  • Shad – TSOL
  • Preemo – Concrete Dreams

3 Insanely Hyped Albums You Already Forgot About

  • Drake – Thank Me Later
  • Young Money – We Are Young Money
  • Lil Wayne – The Rebirth

2 Rap Albums Worth Buying for the CD Packaging

  • Freeway/Jake One – Stimulus Package
  • MF Grimm – You Only Live Twice: The Audio Graphic Novel

1 Great Hip-Hopcentric by a Non-Rapper

  • Janelle Monae – The ArchAndroid (Suites II and III of IV)

Songs

Kanye West - Power
6 Best Rap Songs of the Half-Year

  • B.o.B. – “Airplanes II”
  • Kanye West – “Power”
  • Big K.R.I.T. – “Children of the War”
  • The Roots – “Walk Alone”
  • Reflection Eternal – “Just Begun”
  • Big Boi – “Looking 4 Ya”


5 Tributes That Made Guru Smile in His Grave

4 Rap Songs That Put the “C” in Collaboration

  • Reflection Eternal (Feat. Mos Def, Jay Electronica, and J Cole) – “Just Begun”
  • Big K.R.I.T. – “No Wheaties” (Feat. Curren$y and Smoke DZA)
  • Big Boi (Feat. Andre 3000 & Sleepy Brown) – “Lookin’ 4 Ya”
  • Rick Ross (Feat. Erykah Badu, T.I., Jadakiss) – “Maybach Music 3″

3 Stellar Songs on Average Albums

  • Drake – “The Resistance” (Thank Me Later)
  • B.o.B. – “Airplanes II” (The Adventures of Bobby Ray)
  • Rick Ross – “Maybach Music III” (Teflon Don)

2 Artists That Got Chris Brown’d on Their Own Song

  • Rick Ross – “Free Mason” (Feat. Jay-Z)
  • B.o.B. – “Airplanes II” (Feat. Eminem)

1 Popular Non-Rap Song That Makes Everything on this List Sound Like a Classic

  • Ke$ha – “Tik Tok”

See Also:
2008 Halftime Report
2009 Halftime Report

TRU

Rizoh

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  1. i don't agree with a lot of this stuff but everyone has an opinion. still, is this your personal opinion or the result of votes by some people?

  2. Just my thoughts, ladies and gentlemen.

  3. Best albums are recovery and Distant Relatives

  4. I don't know man “Recovery” was pretty dope. Still number 1 on the charts so don't think it's forgotten yet.

  5. You have quite an interesting mix, haha. Just curious, are the best hip/hop albums in order? Like, did you put Sir Lucious as number one? I expected Distant Relatives or How I Got Over, so that surprised me.

  6. lol Recovery will get plays for weeks, by the way its still number 1, 4 weeks straight nice list way to hate

  7. Yes, the albums are in order from 5-1.

  8. Sick list missing atleast a shout out to Curren$y's Pilot Talk but i like the mention of Shad! Good to hear that my fellow Canadian getting some love

  9. Where's Dom Kennedy?

  10. Since everyone seems to have Recovery in rotation daily, I will now take suggestions for “insanely hyped, already forgotten” albums. Go.

  11. hey, did you hear Revolution Per Minute by Reflection Eternal? You got “Just Begun” up there but I would say that the LP was one of most consistent in terms of quality. A 4/5 in my book.

  12. Dude why so harsh on recovery

  13. big boi is forgettable. thanks to the internet it was free

  14. Your face is forgettable.

  15. I thought 'Recovery' was one of the Top 10 releases of the half-year, but definitely not Album of the Year material.

  16. Still waiting on those overhyped, underplayed albums suggestions.

  17. Recovery had too much singing. I grew up with the Slim Shady LP, and Recovery has a few good songs but way too much Em singing. I predict Good Ass Job will be Overhyped, Underplayed

  18. Good looks on the Shad mention, probably my top rap album of the year so far.

  19. Pretty baffled “Teach Me How To Dougie” isn't on here. Oh well.

  20. Nice call on the Shad album.
    Now, does anyone know how to get their hands on a physical copy stateside?

  21. Concrete Dreams is a classic. Hands down. And Preemo should win best new hip-hop artist while your at it!

  22. wooowww roots def got thecd of the year tho fuck that recovery shyttt

  23. Пошли нахуй !!!!!!

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