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The 2005 / 7th Annual Hiphopsite.com Best And Worst List

organik

TRIBE Member
By Pizzo, Andreas Hale, & Matt Conaway
http://www.hiphopsite.com/NEWS/bestandworst.hhs

It all comes down to this! We'll admit, this was kind of a bad year for hip-hop. There weren't very many great releases, which kinds of led to a slimmed down version of this usually bigger list. However the good stuff was really good, so we guess it kind of evens out. This is just our humble list of opinions - not meant to be taken as scripture, but we definitely recommend at least checking everything on here out before dissing us for picking it. Let's begin.

THE TEN BEST MAJOR LABEL LP'S OF THE YEAR

1. Common - "Be" - Geffen
2. Game - "The Documentary" - Interscope
3. Kanye West - "Late Registration" - Roc-A-Fella
4. Little Brother - "The Minstrel Show" - Atlantic
5. Fort Minor - "The Rising Tied" - Warner
6. 50 Cent - "The Massacre" - Interscope
7. Paul Wall - "The People's Champ" - Atlantic
8. T.I. - "Urban Legend" - Atlantic
9. DJ Z-Trip - "Shifting Gears" - Hollywood
10. Young Jeezy - "Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101" - Def Jam

Honorable Mentions: Lil Wayne - "The Carter 2", Bun B - "Trill", Slim Thug "Already Platinum", Beanie Sigel - "The B. Coming"

THE TEN BEST INDY LABEL LP'S OF THE YEAR

1. Danger Doom - "The Mouse and The Mask" - Epitaph
2. Cage - "Hell's Winter" - Definitive Jux
3. Edan - "Beauty and The Beat" - Lewis
4. Atmosphere - "You Can't Imagine How Much Fun We're Having" / Slug & Murs - "Felt 2: A Tribute To Lisa Bonet" (Tie) - RSE
5. Blueprint - "1988" - RSE
6. Big Pooh - "Sleepers - 6Hole
7. One Be Lo - "S.O.N.O.G.R.A.M." - Fat Beats
8. DJ Muggs & GZA "Grandmasters" - Angeles
9. Blackalicious - "The Craft" - Epitaph
10. Perceptionists - "Black Dialogue" - Definitive Jux

Honorable Mentions: Asamov - "And Now…", Cool Calm Pete - "Lost", Zion I - "True and Livin", Sage Francis - "A Healthy Distrust", Ohmega Whatts "The Find", Supastition - "Chain Letters" The Chapter "Us Vs. Them", AZ "A.W.O.L.", Buckshot / 9th Wonder "Chemistry", Sean Price "Monkey Bars", Quasimoto "The Further Adventures of…", Slum Village "Slum Village"

THE FIVE BEST "HIP-HOP ALTERNATIVES" OF THE YEAR

1. M.I.A. - "Arular" - Universal
2. John Legend - "Get Lifted" - Columbia
3. Gorillaz - "Demon Days" - Capitol
4. Blockhead - "Downtown Science" - Ninja Tune
5. Breakestra - "Hit The Floor" - Ubiquity

Honorable Mentions: Maker "Shooting The Breeze", Herbaliser - "Take London"

THE TEN BEST MAJOR LABEL SINGLES OF THE YEAR

1. Kanye West - "Golddigger" - Roc-A-Fella
2. Common - "The Corner" / "Go" (Tie) - Geffen
3. Missy Elliot - "Lose Control" - Atlantic
4. Game - "Hate It Or Love It" / "Dreams" (Tie) - Interscope
5. 50 Cent - "Candy Shop" / "Just A Little Bit" (Tie) - Interscope
6. Mike Jones - "Still Tippin" - Universal
7. TI - "Bring Em Out" - Atlantic
8. Ying Yang Twins - "Wait" / "Shake" (Tie) - TVT
9. David Banner - "Play" - Universal
10. Young Jeezy feat. Jay-Z - "Go Crazy" - Def Jam

THE TEN BEST "NOT QUITE HIP-HOP" SINGLES OF THE YEAR

1. John Legend - "Ordinary People" - Columbia
2. Gorillaz feat. De La Soul - "Feel Good Inc" - Capitol
3. Damien "Jr. Gong" Marley - "Welcome To Jamrock" - Universal
4. Gwen Stefani - "Hollaback Girl" - Interscope
5. M.I.A. - "Galang" - Universal
6. Amerie - "1 Thing" - Columbia
7. Lady Sovereign - "Hoodie" - Island
8. DJ Z-Trip - "The Walking Dead" - Hollywood
9. Blockhead - "Expiration Date" - Ninja Tune
10. Chris Brown - "Run It" - Jive

THE FIVE WORST SONGS OF THE YEAR

1. D4L - "Laffy Taffy"
2. Black Eyed Peas - "My Humps"
3. Mike Jones - "Flossin"
4. Royce Da 5'9 - "Wet My Whistle"
5. Lil' Kim - "Shut Up Bitch"

THE TOP FIVE MAJOR LABEL MC'S OF THE YEAR

1. Common
2. Phonte (Little Brother)
3. T.I.
4. The Game
5. Beanie Sigel

THE TOP FIVE INDY MC'S OF THE YEAR

1. MF Doom
2. Cage
3. Ras Kass
4. Slug
5. Gift of Gab

THE TOP FIVE MAINSTREAM PRODUCERS OF THE YEAR

1. Kanye West
2. 9th Wonder
3. Just Blaze
4. Scott Storch
5. Mr. Collipark

THE TOP FIVE UNDERGROUND PRODUCERS OF THE YEAR

1. DJ Danger Mouse
2. El-P
3. Blueprint
4. Edan
5. Ant

LYRICS: TWENTY HOT VERSES OF 2005

Best Extended Metaphor: "Cigarettes" - Mike Shinoda (Fort Minor)
Best Club Rhyme: "Just A Little Bit" - 50 Cent
Most Humorous Rhyme: "Where's Fatlip?" - Fatlip
Best Rant: "Dance Monkey" - Sage Francis
Best Politcal Rhyme: "Memorial Day" - Perceptionists (Mr. Lif and Akrobatik)
Best Autobiographical Rhyme: "Too Heavy For Cherubs" - Cage
Best Biographical Rhyme: "Mrs. Hill" - Talib Kweli
Best Topical Rhyme: "Vats of Urine" - MF Doom (Danger Doom)
Best Flow: "The Corner" - Common
Best Braggadocio: "Touch The Sky" - Kanye West
Best Flossy Rhyme: "I'm A Playa" - Paul Wall
Best Conscious Rhyme: "All For You" - Phonte and Big Pooh (Little Brother)
Best Lesson In Hip-Hop History: "Fumbling Over Words That Rhyme" - Edan
Best Dedication: "That Night" - Atmosphere
Best Display Of Raw Skill: "Pad and Pen" - Gift of Gab (Blackalicious)
Best Rhyme About Hip-Hop: "Someone In My Home" - Zion I
Best Show-Stealing Verse: "Get Yours" - T.I. on Lil Kim's The Naked Truth
Best Race Rhyme: "Ridin'" - Dead Prez on David Banner's Certified
Best Gangsta Rap: "Westside Story" - The Game
Most Personal Rhyme: "Whatever It Takes" - Joe Budden(s)

THE FIVE BEST COMEBACKS OF THE YEAR

1. Swizz Beats
2. Cage
3. Ras Kass
4. Duck Down Records
5. Hype Williams

FALLING DOWN

1. Black Eyed Peas
2. Fat Joe
3. Memphis Bleek
4. G-Unit
5. Lil Jon

HIP-HOP MILESTONES OF 2005

1. Jay-Z & Nas Perform Live On Stage Together
2. Kanye's G.O.O.D. Music imprint scores 20 Grammy nods, post-Katrina Bush dis
3. Fugees Reunite and Actually Release Something
4. Jay-Z Signs The Roots to Def Jam
5. Busta Cuts His Dreads (?)

DOIN' DUMB SHIT: THE 2005 RAP DARWIN AWARDS

1. Mike Jones' Mobile Phone Bill
It seems as if Mike Jones - the Houston rapper who shouted out his personal phone number in several of his songs, not to mention printing it on his album cover and t-shirts, didn't really look for the best mobile minutes plan before doing so. The rapper was hit with a $250,000 Sprint bill, thanks to the hundreds of thousands of hangers-on who wanted to be weird and call a celebrity that they don't know. Maybe his album should have been called "What Is Mike Jones' Phone Number?".

2. Not Very Slim Slim Thug Names His Still Not Platinum Album, "Already Platinum"
Bad move, fella. You can file this under other famous last words in hip-hop, such as Dr. Dre proclaiming "I don't smoke weed or cess / because it gives a brother brain damage / and brain damage on the mic don't manage" and then releasing "The Chronic", or Large Professor frequently dropping "Main Source forever," just before the group's break-up. We guess it kind of fits, if by "Already Platinum", he meant "fucking delusional".

3. DJ Green Lantern Is Filmed Betraying 50 Cent
DJ Green Lantern was fired as Eminem's deejay, because he accidentally was caught on videotape telling Jadakiss what 50 Cent had planned to do next, during the two rappers short-lived lyrical fued. The footage was shown one of those hood mixtape DVD's, was eventually seen by 50, thus leading to his termination. G.L. however saved face by delivering the incredible Fort Minor "We Major" mixtape a few months later.

4. Puffy Redefines The Word "Duets" for 2006! Bad Boy! What!?!?
Do you know how big of a celebrity Diddy is? He was able to make the word "duets" - which in music, usually refers to a coupling of two artists performing together - mean something entirely different! With Bad Boy's half-assed, recycled B.I.G. release entitled "Duets", all but three songs on the 20+ track LP featured at least three artists. Maybe "Trios" or "Collabos" would have been better titles. Or even, "Shitty Biggie Album".

5. Houston, Eye Have A Problem
Eye jammie! A suicide attempt is nothing to joke about, but damn, Houston gouging his own eye out during an unsuccessful one, surely can be chalked up to some dumb shit. We don't know how bad his personal life is/was, but the kid had a hit single on the radio and lots of potential. Now, instead he has to explain to his fans why his "Eye Like That".

THE TOP FIVE BITCH MOVES OF THE YEAR

1. Dave Mays Gives Lil Kim's Manager 5 Orgasms, Mics
Not that we are at all surprised at The Source's backwards-ass ratings scale these days, but they delivered the shocker of the year when they awarded Lil' Kim's lousy "The Naked Truth", a perfect, 5 Mic rating. Especially considering allegedly Source owner, Dave Mays, is in bed with Kim's manager, Hillary Weston. And by "in bed", we mean "honey, you're stealing all of the covers". That's bed sheets, not magazine covers (or is it?).

2. Little Brother: Too Smart For T.V.
So we all know that BET isn't exactly the station it was a decade ago, but damn. They had already shunned De La Soul and The Beatnuts for not being "culturally relevant" to their audience in 2004, but their next bad executive decision in 2005 was even worse. After deciding not to air Little Brother's "Lovin It" video despite the fact the album was receiving ridiculous critical acclaim - they allegedly went out on a limb and called the video "too intelligent" for it's audience. What does that say about you as a viewer? Maybe Little Brother's album title hit a little too close to home for the folks at BET - art imitating life and all. Granted, they did end up deciding to air the video - FOUR MONTHS LATER! Fuckers.

3. Shortsighted 50 Cent Creates Beef With His Most Commercially Viable Artist
Always a hog for the spotlight, in order to create some extra press for his upcoming album, "The Massacre", 50 created a beef with his own artist, The Game, possibly because Game was generating crazy buzz on his already released "The Documentary". 50 even went out on a limb, threatening his bosses, Dr. Dre and Eminem, saying that if they didn't side with him, he'd sign to another label. This of course, led to Game's defection from G-Unit, and a host of bad mixtape dis records from both parties.

4. Benzino: More Fun Than A Barrel of Slut-Monkeys
Yet another publication talked bad about The Source, but for some reason this particular one really pissed Benzino off. Maybe dude was on the rag, but he totally flipped on editor of Ozone Magazine's (Julia Beverly) voicemail. Mind you that Beverly is a pretty small, nerdy looking white chick, one who Zno went off on like she was a dude. Aside from telling the "cracker" he'd "spit in her face", he suggested other colorful euphemisms that might work as good evidence in the pending sexual harrassment suit with Kim Osario. While Benzino thought this was a pretty private voicemail, Ozone Magazine put the audio on their website for all to hear - Benzino's cel phone number included (Mike Jones!). Taking it to a whole new level, Funkmaster Flex then broadcasted the message multiple times on Hot 97 radio, calling him "disgusting". Who's the "Slut Monkey" now?

5. Author Karrine "Superhead" Steffans, Gets Rich, Syphilis
Karrine "Superhead" Steffans (um, the "superhead" part is not because she's smart), is an admitted rap groupie, who in her book, "Confessions of A Video Vixen" confesses to having sex with just about every major hip-hop artist out there. It's sad to know that she made a bunch of money off of this, while respectable women still walk around struggling. A true bitch move.

THE TOP FIVE GAYEST RAP LYRICS OF 2005

And on with the disclaimer. No, we don't have anything against homosexuals, and no, we don't think these rappers are gay, but given the fact that there is so much machismo and homophobia in hip-hop, you'd think these tough guy hetero rappers would rethink some of these lyrics before spitting them. Hmm, two for 50….

1. "Yayo, bring the condoms, I'm in room 203" - 50 Cent "Piggy Bank"
There really is no getting around this one. 50 could have at least said "WE'RE in room 203'" to imply that there were some females present. Note to 50: when you're making a dis track about how all the other rappers aren't as bad-ass as you, be sure to make sure there's no accidental disses to yourself in there.

2. "I read somewhere I'm homophobic, shit / go through the hood, there's mad niggas on my dick" - 50 Cent - "Ryder Music"
Um, yeah. We don't know exactly what Fiddy was trying to say with this line, but again, quite gay. The ladies love him, and if that's not enough, apparently so do all of the men.

3. "If you really want to hold me, show me, homie" - Mike Shinoda of Fort Minor - "Petrified"
We feel bad for including this one, because we love the Fort Minor record, but this is all in good fun. However, it should be noted that the song is called "Petrified".

4. "Lets eat and talk about all them niggaz we cut" - Lil Wayne - "The Mobb"
Damn, if you are from the South, you should know that "cut" is a commonly used homonym (heh) for "fuck". That's why we found it particularly sloppy for the often shirtless Wanye to suggest to his homies that they should gather around the dinner table to reminisce on all the men they "cut". Whoops.

5. "Ride solo I don't trust ya'll niggas / and if you get outta line I'll touch you niggas - Slim Thug - "The Interview"
Yeah, we know, he meant "touch" like "hurt", but damn, in the interests of good old fashioned American homophobia, maybe guys like Slim Thug should consider the alternative. Or maybe he already has! (Cue "Twighlight Zone" theme).

THE FIVE MOST DISAPPOINTING ALBUMS OF THE YEAR

1. Notorious Big - "Duets" - Bad Boy
2. Royce - "Independent's Day" - Koch
3. J-Live - "The Hear After" - Penalty
4. Twista - "The Day After" - Atlantic
5. Tony Yayo - Thoughts Of A Predicate Felon - Interscope

BEST USES OF HIP-HOP IN POPULAR CULTURE

1. SNL's "Narnia Rap"
2. Flava Flav's Miller Lite Commercial
3. Adult Swim co-signs Danger Doom & The Boondocks Cartoon
4. Common endorses Air Jordan
5. RJD2 "Ghost Writer" as NBA theme song

WORST USES OF HIP-HOP IN POPULAR CULTURE

1. Flava Flav on VH1's "Strange Love"
2. 50 Cent's "Get Rich Or Die Trying: The Movie"
3. Hustle and Flow
4. All Post-GTA Thugged Out Video Games
5. McDonald's Cashes In (Big Mac name-dropping & proposed Sean John uniforms)

ROOKIES OF THE YEAR

1. John Legend
2. M.I.A.
3. Paul Wall
4. Lady Sovereign
5. Mr. Collipark
6. The Chapter
7. Asamov
8. L.E.G.A.C.Y.
9. Ohmega Whatts
10. Cool Calm Pete

BEEF: BEST RAP BATTLES OF 2005

1. 50 Cent Vs. Fat Joe - Winner: 50 Cent
2. G-Unit Vs. Game - Winner: Game
3. Jadakiss vs. 50 Cent - Winner: 50 Cent
4. The Lox Vs. Diddy - Winner: The Lox

60 REASONS TO LIVE ANOTHER YEAR (IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER)
This is just a partial, stream-of-consciousness list of releases set to drop in 2006. This isn't everything, it's just what came to us when we were scrambling to get this list to you in time for New Years Day. 1/3 of these will never see release in '06, 1/4 of them will never see the light of day period. Scary.

1. Outkast - "Idlewild" - LaFace
2. Madlib & MF Doom - "Madvillain 2" - Stones Throw
3. Aceyalone & RJD2 - "Magnificent City" - Decon
4. Cunninlynguists - "A Piece of Strange"
5. Jay Dilla - "Donuts" - Stones Throw
6. Busta Rhymes - "Untitled Aftermath Debut" - Aftermath
7. 9th Wonder - "Mr. Dream Merchant Vol. 2" - 6Hole
8. Soul Position (RJD2 + Blueprint) - Untitled Sophomore LP - Rhymesayers
9. Murs & 9th Wonder - "Murray's Revenge" - Rhymesayers
10. El-P - "I'll Sleep When You're Dead" - Definitive Jux
11. Mr. Lif - "?????" - Definitive Jux
12. O.C. - "Starchild Remixed" - Grit Records
13. Rhymefest - "Blue Collar" - J Records
14. Lupe Fiasco - "Food and Liquor" - Atlantic
15. Ghostface and MF Doom - "Swift & Changable" - Nature Sounds
16. Jay-Z - "The Dynasty 2" - Def Jam
17. Pharrell Williams - "In My Mind" - Interscope
18. Oh No Meets Galt MacDermont - "The Exodus into Unheard Rhythms" - Stones Throw
19. Percee-P - "Perseverence" - Stones Throw
20. Apathy - "Eastern Philosophy" - Babygrande
21. The Roots - "Game Theory" - Def Jam Left
22. Lady Sovereign "Untitled Def Jam Debut" - Def Jam
23. Game - "The Doctor's Advocate" - Aftermath
24. Nas - "Nasdaq Dow Jones" - ??????
25. Dangerdoom 2 - Epitaph (?)
26. Redman - "Red Gone Wild" - Def Jam
27. The Fugees - "Untitled Reunion LP" - Columbia
28. Pete Rock - "Next Generation" - Nature Sounds
29. Madlib - "The Beat Konducta Vol. 1 and 2" - Stones Throw
30. Swollen Members - "Black Magic" - Battle Axe
31. T.I. - "Untitled Atlantic LP" - Atlantic
32. Planet Asia - "The Sickness" - Gold Chain Music
33. Planet Asia - "The Medicine" - Gold Chain Music
34. Planet Asia - "The Diagnosis" - Gold Chain Music
35. Ghostface - "Untitled Def Jam LP" - Def Jam
36. Count Bass D - "Act Your Waist Size" - Fat Beats
37. The Alkaholiks - "Last Call" - Waxploitation
38. Mobb Deep - "Blood Money" - G-Unit/Aftermath
39. Little Brother - "The Minstrel Show: Director's Cut" - Atlantic
40. Dilated Peoples - "20/20" - Capitol
41. Chaundon & Sean Price - "The Best of Both Seans" - Duck Down
42. J-Zone and Celph Titled - "Bo$$ Hogg Barbarians" - ?????
43. Louis Logic - "Untitled Sophomore LP" - Fat Beats
44. Jay Dilla - "The Shining" - BBE
45. Akrobatik - "Untitled Sophomore LP" - Fat Beats
46. Ugly Duckling - "Bang For The Buck" - Fat Beats
47. Cannibal Ox - "Untitled Sophomore LP" - Definitive Jux
48. Kenn Starr - "Starr Status" - Halftooth Records
49. Immortal Technique new LP
50. DJ Danger Mouse & Cee-Lo - "Gnarls Barkley" - Waxploitation
51. Nore - "One Fan A Day" - Def Jam
52. People Under The Stairs - "Stepfather" - ?????
53. MF Grimm - "American Hunger" 3CD - Day By Day
54. Wildchild - "Jack Of All Trades" - Stones Throw
55. Saigon - "The Greatest Story Never Told" -
56. Project Security (One Be Lo + Majestik Legend ) - "Metal Detectors" - ?????
57. Public Enemy - "It Takes A Nation…" and "Fear of A Black Planet" Deluxe Reissues - Def Jam
58. Dave Chappelle Season 3 (The Lost Episodes) - Comedy Central
59. Nas & DJ Premier - Untitled LP - (We'll believe it when we see it).
60. Dr. Dre "Detox" - Aftermath (Yeah, sure)
 

Amy_J

TRIBE Member
Hollaback Girl was brutal, I seriously can't believe they included that crap in the "Ten Best Not Quite Hip Hoop Tracks". imo it's right up there with the ever craptacular "My Humps" by BEP
 

djdeposit

TRIBE Member
Originally posted by Amy_J
Hollaback Girl was brutal, I seriously can't believe they included that crap in the "Ten Best Not Quite Hip Hoop Tracks". imo it's right up there with the ever craptacular "My Humps" by BEP

Amy,

Unfortunately there are allot of people who are afraid to listen to anything other then the spectrum available on top 40 radio. It makes them feel special when they go to the clubs and are able to sing along with a song when intoxicated. Every word and hymn has been chiseled in their heads from repetitive abuse.

The revolution will not be televised.

HipHopSite simply has to give the respect to the songs by means of record sales and "buzz".

Truthfully, the songs are shallow and weak, but if it gets a hot chick to move for me, hell, I'll pretend like I dig it. haha
 
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ED Larry

TRIBE Member
read this every year... HHS is always on point with there reviews...

let's hope they talk skillz into doing the rap-up again...

ed
 

terrawrist III

TRIBE Member
2. Madlib & MF Doom - "Madvillain 2" - Stones Throw
5. Jay Dilla - "Donuts" - Stones Throw
9. Murs & 9th Wonder - "Murray's Revenge" - Rhymesayers
10. El-P - "I'll Sleep When You're Dead" - Definitive Jux
11. Mr. Lif - "?????" - Definitive Jux
15. Ghostface and MF Doom - "Swift & Changable" -
18. Oh No Meets Galt MacDermont - "The Exodus into Unheard Rhythms" - Stones Throw
19. Percee-P - "Perseverence" - Stones Throw
22. Lady Sovereign "Untitled Def Jam Debut" - Def Jam
28. Pete Rock - "Next Generation" - Nature Sounds
29. Madlib - "The Beat Konducta Vol. 1 and 2" - Stones Throw
36. Count Bass D - "Act Your Waist Size" - Fat Beats
39. Little Brother - "The Minstrel Show: Director's Cut" - Atlantic
43. Louis Logic - "Untitled Sophomore LP" - Fat Beats
44. Jay Dilla - "The Shining" - BBE
46. Ugly Duckling - "Bang For The Buck" - Fat Beats
47. Cannibal Ox - "Untitled Sophomore LP" - Definitive Jux
49. Immortal Technique new LP
50. DJ Danger Mouse & Cee-Lo - "Gnarls Barkley" - Waxploitation
52. People Under The Stairs - "Stepfather" - ?????
53. MF Grimm - "American Hunger" 3CD - Day By Day
54. Wildchild - "Jack Of All Trades" - Stones Throw
58. Dave Chappelle Season 3 (The Lost Episodes) - Comedy Central
59. Nas & DJ Premier - Untitled LP - (We'll believe it when we see it).


looking forward to all of these :)
 

Sugar D

TRIBE Promoter
Madvillainy 2 is gonna be bananas! Can't wait.

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djdeposit

TRIBE Member
Originally posted by Sugar D
Madvillainy 2 is gonna be bananas! Can't wait.

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Everyone,

Don't have high expectations or you might dissapoint yourselves. Pretend like it's going to suck!
:D
 

Sugar D

TRIBE Promoter
Originally posted by djdeposit
Everyone,

Don't have high expectations or you might dissapoint yourselves. Pretend like it's going to suck!
:D

no way I will be disappointed. not possible. ;)
 
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