The list dedicated to the best hip hop music of last decade is back. These next 30 albums are the real gems of 2000-2009; they range from chart-topping to relatively unknown, but each one deserves a spot in your music collection.
30. Fishscale - 2006 – Ghostface Killah
This is why Ghost is my favorite Wu-Tang member. Not only did he rip shit in the 90′s when Wu was on top of the hip-hop world, but he continued to make dope albums on the regular into the next decade. The beat selection on Fishscale is impeccable; Ghost knew what he was doing working with the likes of Just Blaze & Pete Rock, as well as grabbing instrumentals from Dilla’s Donuts and MF DOOM’s Metal Fingers albums. He continues the trend of rapping straight up over old school soul songs which he started on The Pretty Toney Album on standout “Big Girl”, and heads a successful Wu-Tang reunion on “9 Milli Bros.”.
Top Tracks: The Champ | Shakey Dog | 9 Milli Bros.
29. S.O.N.O.G.R.A.M. – 2005 – One Be Lo
Binary Star’s OneManArmy (or One Be Lo) released his second solo project in 2005, proving that he can stand alone as a very capable MC. From the moment the disc starts it’s hard to stop listening to One, who sports an enticing flow along with clever lyrics and socially relevant subject matter. This CD didn’t sell as well, or get as much acclaim as most other albums on this list, which is sad but makes sense. Independent artists with something to say don’t always make it to the charts, but there is certainly space for rappers like One Be Lo on your iPod.
Top Tracks: Axis | Used 2 Be Fly | enecS eht no kcaB