2010 Hip-Hop Critics Poll

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Published on February 28, 2011 with 3 Comments

Yes, yes, I know that everyone has already moved on to 2011. Understandably so. Still, you should go ahead and peep the list. Or don’t. I won’t hold it against you either way. A few notes on this year’s poll: Songs list is a mixed bag (as usual). No real surprises in the Albums department. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy scored 11 first-place votes (out of a possible 13). Ye also had a decent showing in the Songs category with 4 tunes in the Top 10. Dip in for the full bustdown.

10 Best Mixtapes of 2010

10. Joe Budden – Mood Muzik 4 [13 Points]
9. Jeezy – Trap Or Die II [14 Points]
8. Big K.R.I.T. – KRIT Wuz Here [16 Points]
7. Wale – More About Nothing [19 Points]
6. Danny Brown – The Hybrid [20 Points]
5. Game – Brake Lights [22 Points]
4. Freddie Gibbs – Str8 Killa, No Filla [23 Points]
3. Wiz Khalifa – Kush & OJ [37 Points]
2. Yelawolf – Trunk Muzik [42 Points]
1. J. Cole – Friday Night Lights [61 Points]

20 Best Rap Albums of 2010

20. Preemo – Concrete Dreams [9 Points]
19. Ab-Soul – Longterm 2 [10 Points]
17. Yelawolf – Trunk Muzik [11 Points]
17. Danny Brown – The Hybrid [11 Points]
15. Freeway & Jake One – The Stimulus Package [12 Points]
15. Freddie Gibbs – Str8 Killa EP [12 Points]
14. Eminem – Recovery [15 Points]
13. Curren$y – Pilot Talk II [17 Points]
12. Reflection Eternal – Revolutions Per Minute [19 Points]
10. Curren$y – Pilot Talk [20 Points]
10. Black Milk – Album of the Year [20 Points]
9. Shad – TSOL [23 Points]
8. Big K.R.I.T. – K.R.I.T. Wuz Here [28 Points]
7. Nas & Damian Marley – Distant Relatives [30 Points]
5. Roc Marciano – Marcberg [31 Points]
5. Rick Ross – Teflon Don [31 Points]
4. Drake – Thank Me Later [35 Points]
3. The Roots – How I Got Over [62 Points]
2. Big Boi – Sir Lucious Left Foot [82 Points]
1. Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy [117 Points]

20 Best Songs of 2010

17. Reflection Eternal – “In the Red” [9 Points]
17. Wiz Khalifa – “Black & Yellow” [9 Points]
17. B.o.B. – “Airplanes” [9]
13. Yelawolf – “Looking for Alien Love [10 Points]
13. Drake – “The Resistance” [10 Points]
13. Freddie Gibbs – “National Anthem” [10 Points]
13. Drake – “Miss Me” (ft. Lil Wayne) [10 Points]
13. Reflection Eternal – “Just Begun” [10 Points]
12. Shad – “Rose Garden” [11 Points]
11. Drake – “Light Up” (ft. Jay-Z) [13 Points]
10. Nas & Damian Marley – “As We Enter” [14 Points]
9. J. Cole – “Premeditated Murder” [15 Points]
8. Eminem – “Love the Way You Lie” (ft. Rihanna) [16 Points]
6. Kanye West – “Devil in a New Dress” [17 Points]
6. Kanye West – “Runaway” (ft. Pusha T) [17 Points]
5. B.o.B. – “Nothin’ on You” (ft. Bruno Mars) [18 Points]
4. Kanye West – “All of the Lights” [19 Points]
3. Kanye West – “Power” [23 Points]
2. Rick Ross – “B.M.F.” (ft. Styles P) [24 Points]
1. Big Boi – “Shutterbugg” [33 Points]

2011 Ballots: Albums

Jeff Weiss (Passion of the Weiss, LA Times)
10. yU – Before Taxes [1]
9. Kanye West- My Dark Twisted Fantasy [2]
8. Rick Ross-Teflon Don [3]
7. Freddie Gibbs-Str8 Killa No Filla [4]
6. Yelawolf-Trunk Muzik [5]
5. Curren$y – Pilot Talk 2 [6]
4. Shabazz Palaces –  EP’s [7]
3. Roc Marciano – Marcberg [8]
2. Danny Brown – The Hybrid [9]
1. Big Boi – Sir Lucious Left Foot [10]

Jaap (Wildstyle.fm, The Rap Up)
10. Curren$y – Pilot Talk [1]
9. Gangrene – Gutter Water [2]
8. Black Milk – Album Of The Year [3]
7. Freeway & Jake One – The Stimulus Package [4]
6. Nas & Damian Marley – Distant Relatives [5]
5. The Roots – How I Got Over [6]
4. Curren$y – Pilot Talk II [7]
3. Reflection Eternal – Revolutions Per Minute [8]
2. Big Boi – Sir Luscious Left Foot: The Son Of Chico Dusty [9]
1. Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy [10]

Samir Siddiqui (Spinner Canada):
1. Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy [10]
2. Shad – TSOL [9]
3. Big Boi – Sir Luscious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty [8]
4. Drake – Thank Me Later [7]
5. Curren$y – Pilot Talk [6]
6. Rick Ross – Teflon Don [5]
7. The Roots – How I Got Over [4]
8. Black Milk – Album of the Year [3]
9. Big K.R.I.T. – K.R.I.T. Wuz Here [2]
10. Reflection Eternal – Revolutions Per Minute [1]

Fivefold (Thahiphop.com):
1. Ab-Soul – Longterm 2: Lifestyles of the Broke & Almost Famous [10]
2. Big Boi – Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty [9]
3. Bun B – Trill O.G. [8]
4. Black Milk – Album of the Year [7]
5. Cee-Lo Green – The Lady Killer [6]
6. Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy [5]
7. Reflection Eternal – Revolutions Per Minute [4]
8. Rick Ross – Teflon Don [3]
9. Sexion D’Assaut – L’école des points vitaux [2]
10. Tinie Tempah – Disc-Overy [1]

Johnny Goodlife (LiveAGL.com):
1. Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy [10]
2. Eminem – Recovery [9]
3. Drake – Thank Me Later [8]
4. Rick Ross – Teflon Don [7]
5. Nicki Minaj – Pink Friday [6]
6. B.o.B – B.o.B Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray [5]
7. Black Milk – Album Of The Year [4]
8. Kid Cudi – Man On The Moon 2: The Legend Of Mr. Rager [3]
9. Lloyd Banks – H.F.M.2 (Hunger For More 2) [2]
10. Reflection Eternal – Revolutions Per Minute [1]

Alvin Blanco (Slang Rap, MTV):
1. Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy [10]
2. Roc Marciano – Marcberg [9]
3. The Roots – How I Got Over [8]
4. Big K.R.I.T. – K.R.I.T. Was Here [7]
5. Big Boi – Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty [6]
6. Rick Ross – Teflon Don [5]
7. Lloyd Banks – The Hunger For More 2 [4]
8. Black Milk – Album of the Year (3)
9. Danny Brown – The Hybrid [2]
10. Drake – Thank Me Later  [1]

Randy Roper (Writer’s Block, Ozone):
1. Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (10)
2. Nas & Damian Marley – Distant Relatives (9)
3. The Roots – How I Got Over (8)
4. Big KRIT – KRIT Wuz Here (7)
5. Eminem – Recovery (6)
6. Drake – Thank Me Later (5)
7. Curren$y – Pilot Talk (4)
8. Big Boi – Sir Lucious Left Foot (3)
9. Reflection Eternal – Revolutions Per Minute(2)
10. B.o.B. – The Adventures of Bobby Ray (1)

John Gotty (The Smoking Section):
1. Drake – Thank Me Later (10)
2. Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (9)
3. Freddie Gibbs – Str8 Killa EP (8)
4. Rick Ross – Teflon Don (7)
5. Curren$y – Pilot Talk (6)
6. B.o.B – The Adventures Of Bobby Ray (5)
7. The Roots – How I Got Over (4)
8. Vado – Slime Flu (3)

Shea Serrano (Houston Press):
1. Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy [10]
2. Preemo’s Conrete Dreams [9]
3. Big Boi’s Sir Lucious Left Foot [8]
4. Trae’s You Can’t Ban Tha Truth [7]
5. Yela’ Trunk Muzik [6]
6. Fat Tony’s RABDARGAB [5]
7. Devin’s Gotta Be Me [4]
8. Ricky’s Teflon Don [3]

khal (rockthedub.com):
1. The Roots – How I Got Over [10]
2. Donwill – Don Cusack In High Fidelity [9]
3. Roc Marciano – Marcberg [8]
4. Tyler, The Creator – Bastard [7]
5. Freeway & Jake One – Stimulus Package [6]
6. Dumhi – The Jungle [5]
7. Big Boi – Sir Lucious Leftfoot: The Son Of Chico Dusty [4]
8. Nas & Damien Marley – Distant Relatives [3]
9. Von Pea – Pea’s Gotta Have It [2]
10. Skyzoo & !llmind – Live From The Tape Deck [1]

Ivan Rott (Hip Hop Is Read):
1. Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy [10]
2. The Roots – How I Got Over [9]
3. Nas & Damian Marley – Distant Relatives [8]
4. Big Boi – Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty [7]
5. Roc Marciano – Marcberg [6]
6. Big K.R.I.T. – K.R.I.T. Wuz Here [5]
7. Kno – Death Is Silent [4]
8. Curren$y – Pilot Talk [3]
9. Shad – TSOL [2]
10. Freeway & Jake One – The Stimulus Package [1]

Ian (Different Kitchen):
1. Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy [10]
2. Big Boi – Sir Lucious Left Foot… Son of Chico Dusty [9]
3. Art of Fresh – When the Night Comes In [8]
4. Ghostface Killah – Apollo Kids [7]
5. Shad – TSOL [6]
6. The Roots – How I Got Over [5]
7. Drake – Thank Me Later [4]
8. Method Man, Ghostface Killah & Raekwon – Wu Massacre [3]
9. Kid Cudi – Man on the Moon II: the Legend of Mr. Rager [2]
10. Rick Ross – Teflon Don [1]

Rizoh (The Rap Up, About.com):
10. Freeway/Jake One – ‘Stimulus Package’ [1]
9. yU – ‘Before Taxes’ [2]
8. Reflection Eternal – ‘Revolutions Per Minute’ [3]
7. Curren$y – ‘Pilot Talk II’ [4]
6. Nas/Damian Marley – ‘Distant Relatives’ [5]
5. Shad – ‘TSOL’ [6]
4. Big K.R.I.T. – ‘K.R.I.T. Wuz Here’ [7]
3. The Roots – ‘How I Got Over’ [8]
2. Big Boi – ‘Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty’ [9]
1. Kanye West – ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’ [10]

2011 Ballots: Songs

Jeff Weiss (Passion of the Weiss, LA Times)
10. Rick Ross ft. Styles P-B.M.F. [1]
9. Das Racist ft. El-P-Sit Down, Man [2]
8. Jay Electronica-Shiny Suit Theory [3]
7. Danny Brown-Nowhere 2 Go [4]
6. Freddie Gibbs-The Ghetto [5]
5. Roc Marciano-Scarface Nigga [6]
4. Curren$y-King Kong [7]
3. Big Boi-Shutterbug [8]
2. Kanye West ft. John Legend-Blame Game [9]
1. Yelawolf-Looking For Alien Love [10]

Jaap (Wildstyle.fm, The Rap Up)
10. T.I. ft. Rick Ross – Pledge Allegiance To The Swag [1]
9. Bun B – Let ‘em Know [2]
8. Eminem – Despicable [3]
7. Black Milk ft. Danny Brown – Black & Brown [4]
6. Dam-Funk and MC Eiht – Hood Pass Intact [5]
5. Joell Ortiz ft. Jim Jones – Nissan Honda Chevy [6]
4. Big Boi ft. George Clinton, Too Short & Sam Chris – Fo Yo Sorrows [7]
3. Freddie Gibbs – Born 2 Roll [8]
2. Reflection Eternal -In The Red [9]
1. Nas & Damian Marley -As We Enter [10]

Samir Siddiqui (Spinner Canada):
1. Drake – The Resistance [10]
2. Kanye West – Devil in a New Dress (feat. Rick Ross) [9]
3. Big Boi – Shutterbugg (feat. Cutty) [8]
4. Twista – The Heat (feat. Raekwon) [7]
5. Shad – Rose Garden [6]
6. Rick Ross – Tears of Joy (feat. Cee-Lo) [5]
7. J. Cole – Premeditated Murder [4]
8. Yelawolf – Pop the Trunk [3]
9. Reflection Eternal – Ballad of the Black Gold [2]
10. Black Milk – Deadly Medley (feat. Royce Da 5’9″ & Elzhi) [1]

Fivefold (Thahiphop.com):
Top 10 Rap Songs
1. B.o.B – Nothin’ On You (feat. Bruno Mars) [10]
2. B.o.B – Airplanes (feat. Hayley Williams) [9]
3. Cee-Lo – Fuck You [8]
4. Dr. Dre – Kush (feat. Snoop Dogg & Akon) [7]
5. Eminem – Love The Way You Lie (feat. Rihanna) [6]
6. Joell Ortiz – Battle Cry [5]
7. Kanye West – Power [4]
8. Rick Ross – Blowin’ Money Fast (B.M.F.) (feat. Styles P) [3]
9. Wiz Khalifa – Black & Yellow [2]
10. Lloyd Banks – Bimaz, Benz, or Bentley [1]

Johnny Goodlife (LiveAGL.com):
1. Kanye West – “All Of The Lights” [10]
2. Drake Feat. Jay-Z – “Light Up” [9]
3. J. Cole – “Before I’m Gone” [8]
4. Kanye West Feat. Pusha T – “Runaway” [7]
5. Nicki Minaj Feat. Drake – “Moment 4 Life” [6]
6. Wiz Khalifa – Black and Yellow [5]
7. Eminem Feat. Rihanna – “Love The Way You Lie” [4]
8. Rick Ross – “B.M.F.” [3]
9. Black Milk Feat. Royce Da 5’9” & Elzhi – “Deadly Medley” [2]
10. Eternia Feat. Termanology & Reef The Lost Cauze – “At Last” [1]

Randy Roper (Writer’s Block, Ozone):
1. Kanye West feat. Pusha T – Runaway (10)
2. Kanye West feat. Dwele – Power (9)
3. B.o.B. feat. Bruno Mars – Nothing On You (8)
4. Rick Ross – BMF (7)
5. Eminem feat. Rihanna – Love The Way You Lie (6)
6. Waka Flocka feat. Diddy & Rick Ross – Oh Let’s Do IT (Remix) (5)
7. B.o.B. feat. Eminem & Hayley Williams – Airplanes Part II (4)
8. Waka Flocka feat. Wale & Roscoe Dash – No Hands (3)
9. Wiz Khalifa – Black & Yellow (2)
10. Drake feat. Lil Wayne – Miss Me (1)

John Gotty (The Smoking Section):
1. Freddie Gibbs – “National Anthem (Fuck The World)” [10]
2. Kanye West – “All Of The Lights” [9]
3. J. Cole – “Premeditated Murder” [8]
4. Kanye West – “Christian Dior Denim Flow’ [7]
5. Lil Wayne Feat. Drake – “Right Above It” [6]
6. Rugz D. Bewler – “Renaissance” [5]
7. Drake – “Karaoke” [4]
8. Rick Ross Feat. Drake & Chrisette Michelle – “Aston Martin Music” [3]
9. Joell Ortiz – “Sing Like Bilal” [2]
10. Kid Cudi – “Mojo So Dope” [1]

khal (rockthedub.com):
1. Rick Ross “Blowing Money Fast” [10]
2. Drake ft. Lil Wayne “Miss Me” [9]
3. The Roots “Walk Alone” [8]
4. Earl Swearshirt “Earl” [7]
5. Dipset – “Salute” [6]
6. NORE – “Nutcracker” [5]
7. Dumhi ft. Reef The Lost Cauze “Philly Cousins” [4]
8. Joell Ortiz “Project Boy” [3]
9. Bun B “Let ‘Em Know” [2]
10. Deal – The Villain “Darksied” [1]

Rizoh (The Rap Up, About.com):
10. B.o.B. – “Airplanes II” (Feat. Eminem)
9. Tyler the Creator – “Bastard”
8. J. Cole – “Premeditated Murder”
7. Nas & Damian Marley – “As We Enter”
6. Shad – “Rose Garden”
5. Rick Ross – “B.M.F. (Blowin’ Money Fast)” (Feat. Styles P.)
4. Freddie Gibbs – “National Anthem (F–k the World)”
3. Kanye West – “Devil in a New Dress”
2. Big Boi – “Shutterbugg”
1. Reflection Eternal – “Just Begun” (Feat. Jay Electronica, J. Cole, Mos Def)

Ian (Different Kitchen):
1. Kanye West – Power [10]
2. De La Soul – The Return of DST [9]
3. Big Boi – Shutterbug [8]
4. Nottz – Shine So Bright [7]
5. Wiz Khalifa – Black and Yellow [6]
6. Rah Digga – Warning Shots [5]
7. Jadakiss feat. Nas & Sheek Louch – Soldier Survivor [4]
8. Blair Maxberry feat. Waka Flocka Flame – Block N Roll Anthem [3]
9. Theo 3 feat. Tona & Andreena Mill – How to Flow Pt. 2 [2]
10. Lil Wayne – 6 foot 7 foot feat. Cory Gunz / I Am Not Human Being [1]

TRU

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Rizoh is the most powerful man in all the lands. He lives in Houston where he earned a BS in Nerf Herding. He's the founder of The Rap Up, the former editor of Roc4Life.com, and is in the Grammy-awaiting band Pervertable Disciples.

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  1. Tyler, Bastard?

  2. You guys still sleeping on The Left?

  3. Did apollo kids come out too late? My favorite of ’10

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