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January 20, 2010

The top 10 rap albums of 2009, according to the top 697 music critics

Village Voice

Speaking of lists, I figured I'd take the results of the Village Voice's annual Pazz & Jop music critics poll and boil them down to just the top 10 rap albums, like I do with the Pitchfork lists.

With all due respect, past and present, and without further... to do:

  1. Raekwon - Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... Part II (8th overall)
  2. Mos Def - The Ecstatic (11)
  3. Jay-Z - The Blueprint 3 (27)
  4. K'Naan - Troubador (35)
  5. Doom - Born Like This (44)
  6. DJ Quik and Kurupt - Blaqkout (62)
  7. Drake - So Far Gone (78)
  8. Brother Ali - Us (95)
  9. Kid Cudi - Man on the Moon: The End of Day (95)
  10. Eminem - Relapse (133)

Notice the dearth of LCD rap, including a complete absence of southern rap. I'll just take this as further proof that a) I'm not crazy, and b) the critical establishment in the hip-hop community has been taken over by a relatively small cabal of people whose views aren't representative of the overall community of people with discerning tastes. Essentially, the same shit I've been saying.

Pazz & Jop 2009 [Village Voice]

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Byron Crawford a/k/a Bol is the celebrated author of several books, most recently NaS Lost: A Tribute to the Little Homey.

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