Top 10 New Rap Albums for July

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Published on July 09, 2010 with 4 Comments

10. Tech9Ne – Gates Mixed Plate
Tech Nina has been touting Gates Mixed Plate is the “lighter” accompaniment to the insanely dark Sickology 101. I’m not buying that shit you’re shovelin’, dawg. Tech9Ne and “light” are incongruous like water and oil. Proceed carefully here if you’ve never heard of dude.
Street Date: July 27, 2010

9. Fat Joe – The Dark Side
Joey Crack hasn’t made a decent album since Pun walked the earth. He’s not about to start now. Sorry. That said, The Dark Side has some really good moments worth checking out. Still, I can’t help but reminisce about days when Joey was chopping rappers like a meat cleaver.
Street Date: July 27, 2010

8. Curren$y – Pilot Talk
Curren$y’s major debut has been pushed back over and over. Usually when that happens, it’s because the artist hasn’t generated enough interest in the streets. In this case, it’s probably because Dame Dash, who supervised Currensy’s debut, wanted to ensure that the ground was properly primed for a fruitful launch before unleashing his guy to the cold grip of the music business. Ski Beatz produced all but one track on Pilot Talk. Guest MCs: Mos Def, Jay Electronica, Devin the Dude.
Street Date: July 13, 2010

7. Paul Wall – Heart of A Champion
Paul kicked off 2010 on a good note. He reconciled with Chamillionaire, went on tour, and finalized his fourth album. Will this be the album that returns him to top dog status? Who’s to say? But it definitely looks great on paper. Guests: Raekwon, Yelawolf, Jay Electronica, and — wait for it — Johnny Dang.
Street Date: July 27, 2010

6. Slum Village – Villa Manifesto
Part of me is glad that Slum Villa will call it quits after Villa Manifesto. This group died when Dilla left anyway. It was a good run, fellas. But the best way to honor Jay and Tin is to wrap it up and let your legacy breathe.
Release Date: July 27, 2010

5. Rick Ross – Teflon Don
One thing that’s apparent on Teflon Don is that Rick Ross is bent on naming every other song after a fly whip. After he exhausts all the cars in the world, it only makes sense to switch to other forms of transportation. “Scooter Music” coming soon?
Street Date: July 20, 2010

4. Rakaa Iriscience – Crown of Thorns
Rakaa has always been the conscious brain of the trio and Crown of Thorns further reaffirms that, with themes that run the gamut from black ignorance to social status. He’s joined on the boards by group members Babu and Evidence, while KRS-One, Krondon, and Chali 2Na drop by with some guest vocals.
Street Date: July 20, 2010

3. Killah Priest – The 3-Day Theory
The single producer format is becoming a trend in hip-hop nowadays. Killah Priest is the latest to adopt this formula, having tapped the little known Kount Fif to produce every song on The 3-Day Theory. The album finds Killah exploring his rapcore roots on some stunningly dark tracks. “Psalm of Satan,” for instance, is a narrative told from the perspective of Lucifer the Fallen Angel. Contributors include: Ill Bill, Canibus, and Cappadonna.
Download: Killah Priest – “Shadows”

2. Cut Chemist – The Sound of the Police
After seeing Cut Chemist cut it up live on two, three, four turntables and make it seem effortless, you’d think he’d be relieved to be working on just one table. Wrong. The producer extraordinaire claims that recording Sound of the Police on one turntable was a hell of a challenge for him. Yes, Jesse, the album title is a nod to this KRS-One classic.
Street Date: July 27, 2010

1. Big Boi – Sir Luscious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty
The musical juggernaut from OutKast has blessed us with the year’s best hip-hop album thus far. If 3000 ever gets around to recording a solo LP, he’ll have to leap off some tall buildings to reach this altitude. Guests: Sleepy Brown, Big Rube, Yelawolf, Too $hort, Janelle Monae.
Street Date: July 6, 2010

Honorable Mentions
M.I.A – Maya
M.I.A. is one of those artists that people love to hate. Most people don’t even know exactly why they hate her, but they do anyway. Her politics may be a farce. She may be a controversy-baiting, success-hungry industry pawn for all I know, but I’m glad she exists as an artist. Maya has informed, infuriated, and inspired her audience in a way that most pop artists could only dream of. And as her latest installment proves, her love of sound is undeniable.
Street Date: July 13, 2010

Moka Only – Airport 4
Street Date: July 20, 2010

Major Lazer (Diplo) – Lazers Never Die
Street Date: July 20, 2010

Zo! (Foreign Exchange) – Sunstorm
Street Date: July 27, 2010

Q-Unique – Between Heaven and Hell
Street Date: July 27, 2010



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  1. Youre absolutely right about big boi's new album. It is crazy good yet ive been hearing some shit reviews on other blogs. Youre spot on with it being the album of the year so far. But damn… ill be missing the cuban linx cuties haha

  2. Haven't heard Big Boi's album yet. Are you saying it's better than How I Got Over?!!!

  3. Yes, by a hair.

  4. just a hair? lol

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