Here is some background on MF DOOM that you probably never knew. Mostly because I just learned about it myself.
50. Disposable Arts – 2001 – Masta Ace
Hip Hop legend Masta Ace returned to the rap game in 2001 after a six year hiatus, and the Brooklyn MC clearly hadn’t lost a step. Ace had a great run from the late 80′s to early 90′s, but I’d say this is an overall better disc than anything he had released previously. This was the beginning of Ace’s work with full length concept albums (I’ll get to 2004′s prequel to this, A Long Hot Summer, later in the list), which helped highlight his legendary flow (key influence to Eminem’s style) and elite lyricism, over the course of an attention-grabbing LP.
Top Tracks: Take A Walk | Acknowledge | Enuff
49. When The Smoke Clears – 2000 – Three 6 Mafia
A full 22-tracks of crazy-ass Memphis bangers. Triple 6 aren’t for all hip-hop fans, but when the time and place is right (as I said when describing Da Unbreakables; drinking, working out, just going nuts, etc.), there is sometimes nothing better. I would kill to see these guys live..you really won’t find energy like this anywhere else.
Top Tracks: M.E.M.P.H.I.S. | I’m So High | Mafia Niggaz
When you think of this past decade in terms of hip hop, the word “golden age” certainly doesn’t come to mind. Some say that hip hop’s dive into mainstream culture sold out the genre, putting the importance of making as much money as possible over making as good music as possible. There have been a lot of lackluster albums put out in the last decade, and the top albums on this list don’t even sniff the classics of the 90′s. But, for those who had the patience to sift through all of the crap released from 2000-2009, there were a ton of gems dropped, and a LOT of music worth listening to. But which were the absolute best? I put this up for debate, and offer my list of what I think were the top 100 rap albums released in the 00′s. Feel free to state your opinions down below, as this is an extremely subjective list (everyone has a different definition of “quality”, and everyone has different personal tastes), and I hope that the list inspires some of this great music to be downloaded/bought. Enjoy.
100. The Mouse & The Mask – 2005 – Danger Doom (MF DOOM & Danger Mouse)
Danger Mouse provides the perfect backdrop for an album completely based upon adult swim shows, creating original material with lyrics only DOOM could pull off on the mic. Really makes you wish Danger Mouse would do more hip hop production; the results of him doing a project with a great MC were too good.
Top Tracks: The Mask (Featuring Ghostface Killah) | Space Ho’s | Vats Of Urine
99. The Blueprint 3 – 2009 – Jay-Z
A bit disappointing as it sounds like Jay was trying too hard for the radio, but overall very good release from one of the best ever. Even with a changed up style Hov remains a top MC in the game, and is always capable of dropping quality albums like this.
Top Tracks: On To The Next One (Featuring Swizz Beatz) | Already Home (Featuring Kid Cudi) | Young Forever (Featuring Mr. Hudson)