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HIPHOP//RNB
THE GUESTLIST NETWORK | DECEMBER 2009
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he Decade in Hip-Hop
TGN take a look back at the albums of the last ten years
by Oshi
Wow.. . When I started
from Masada and Progidy -H.N.I.C. The recording studio in New York City. underground wordsworth had the mirror Kweli - Ear Drum, Pharoahe Monch - Desire
thinking about the decade
Black Eyed Peas Bridged The Gap, pre Nas God’s Son comes out. A more per- music album. and Lupe Fiasco - Lupe Fiasco’s The Cool.
Fergie of course. Eminem’s second album sonal album. Jay-Z drops The Blueprint
in Hip Hop, I wondered if
The Marshall Mathers LP is a huge hit even- 2: The Gift & the Curse. The streets get
2005
MF Doom released MM..Food.
Late Registration came from Kanye West. 2008
it could have been as in-
tually becoming one of the best-selling rap Gangster & A Gentleman by Styles P. Talib
albums of all-time. Jay-Z continues his reign Kweli drops Quality. Eminem stars in the
Then Be from Common, The Game gave Nas Untitled. One of my albums of the de-
teresting as the 90s and
as a top mainstream MC in hip-hop with film 8 Mile. The film is a runaway success
us The Documentary. Lil Wayne dropped cade. If you haven’t heard it. Do not wait
Dynasty: Roc-La-Familia. Nelly debuts with having the 2nd-largest opening of any dra-
Tha Carter II. After Taxes was Sheek’s con- too long before taking it in. Young Jeezy
thought no probably not.
Country Grammar. The album is a monster matic film Lose Yourself is nominated for an
tribution to the Lox’s solo efforts while Lil’ gave us The Recession, which an unbiased
hit and prove that hip-hop has moved further Oscar. Signed to Em’s Shady/Aftermath
Kim brought The Naked Truth. The Massa- Jeezy dubbed “hands down the best album
You remember banging Dr Dre 2001 from
away from bi-coastal domination. Shunning Label, New York-based rapper 50 Cent
cre by 50 Cent landed and for the real rap of the year”. The Roots were ‘Rising Down’.
1999 and bringing in the decade in a big
fame and the spotlight, acclaimed MC/ releases the single ‘Wanksta.’ The song
heads The Black Rob Report by Black Rob Our own Estelle started to do her thing real
way. Well after looking back at the decade
singer/songwriter Lauryn Hill goes into self- explodes onto radio and the singles’ chart
and All or Nothing by Fat Joe came out of big with Shine. We were also blessed with
in Hip Hop since 2000, I realise it´s actually
imposed seclusion and Outkast launch the leaving the public salivating for an album
NYC. Slum Village was the Self titled album Q-Tip and The Renaissance.
been full of some great albums and pivotal
classic Stankonia. and creating the most buzz a debut rapper
they brought us for 2005.
events. A very interesting decade for Hip
2009
has seen in over a decade. Talib Kweli & Hi-
Hop indeed. Like life itself, some highs and
2001
2006 MC K’naan L- Troubador, which features
Tek released Reflection Eternal. Scarface
some lows. Here at the guestlist we prefer
While shooting a video in the Bahamas,
J Dilla lost his life. Damian “JR Gong” Marley, Chubb Rock,
drops The Fix and GZA - Legend of the Liq-
to keep our eye on the positive but here is
hip-hop/soul star Aaliyah dies in a plane
Ghostface gave us Fishscale and Jay-Z and Mos Def. In his own words, “My job is
uid Sword. Wow.
our take on some of the most important
crash. She was only 22 years old.
dropped Kingdom Come. Below ground to write what I see/So a visual stenographer
events of the last decade.
Jay Z drops The Blueprint. He tried to take 2003
AZ came with The Format while Rhymefest is what I be.” In April Jadakiss dropped The
on Nas in one of raps biggest beefs. Nas 50 Cent’s smashes his way on in the game
dropped the Blue Collar album. Nas said last kiss, over in Miami in June Ace Hood
2000
drops Stillmatic with one big tune “Ether” with Get Rich or Die Tryin. I was was Miami
Hip Hop is Dead. The Roots gave us Game was blowing up with the album Ruthless.
Superstar Latino rapper Big Pun dies of
and obviously dropping the best battle and every car was pumping it. Big hip hop
Theory. E-40 dropped My Ghetto Report Kanye West flipped his style and dropped
heart attack at only 29 years old.
rap tune of all time (ok joint 1st place with moment, Jay-Z drops The Black Album.
Card and brought Hyphy to the masses. 808s and Heartbreak. Jay dropped the
The Wu era. They gave us the highly antici-
Tupac’s Hit em up) finishes the battle for Royce da 5’9” Build & Destroy: The Lost
Clipse - Hell Hath No Fury and Lupe Fiasco third installment of the Blueprint series.
pated The W. Killah Priest released View
good. Hi-Tek goes solo with the first of 3 Sessions Part 1. Outkast release Speak-
- Food & Liquor were also worth a listen. All in all there is a lot to go back and lis-
Hi-Teknology albums and erboxxx/the Love Below, a two-disc set
The Dead Prez Presents M-1 Confidential ten to! Let us see what 2010 has in store.
the hoods favourite rap- that uniquely splits the two MCs, (Big Boi
album meant a lot to me as we were on tour It should be interesting with Beanie Segal
per Jadakiss drops Kiss and Andre 3000, respectively) into two
in 2006 but it also had no difficulty making being signed by 50 Cent and now him go-
tha Game Goodbye. separate albums. (becoming one of the
the album of the year list. Public Enemy with ing at Jay Z. Will Jay Z get taken down a
Puff Daddy is acquit- best-selling albums of all-time) and goes on
Paris dropped Rebirth of a Nation. Another peg or two by them road rappers? ... and
ted of assault charges. to win the Grammy for Album of the Year,
one with a message. Snoop Dogg gave us who is going to jump up for that top spot?
Shyne is found guilty and only the second hip-hop release to win the
Tha Blue Carpet Treatment Watch out for 50 as he is gathering a Hip
sentenced to ten years in award. Dizzee Rascal brings out Boy in da
2007
Hop army under his wings. To compete
prison. Puffy announces Corner. Ludacris drops Chicken & Beer.
Kanye West thought it time for Graduation,
with the last decade we´re going to have
that he is changing his
to see some big things (or make them hap-
name to P. Diddy.
2004
Jay-Z was an American Gangster. Devin the
Kanye West makes his way into our lives
Dude was Waiting to Inhale and DJ Jazzy
pen). I am ready.
2002
with Jesus Walks and the College Drop-
Jeff came back with Return of the Magnifi-
Are you?
Legendary DJ Jam Mas-
out. Nas Street’s Disciple hits the streets.
cent. Method Man, CL Smooth and Dave
ter Jay of Run DMC is
Jadakiss gives us The Kiss Of Death. Mad-
Ghetto help make The album a triumphant
murdered outside of a
villain released Madvillainy and also on the
comeback. Other big albums were Talib
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