Voting For The Top 10 Albums Of The 2000s Is Coming Down To The Wire

In late 2015, Ambrosia For Heads returned to “Finding The GOAT,” our annual voting series that polls readers and fans to determine the Greatest Of All-Time. Following 2014-2015’s quest to use votes to determine the GOAT MC, we are asking readers to determine the greatest of all-time Hip-Hop album.

“Finding The GOAT Album” considers 120 albums from three individual eras (40 in each), with options for wild card and write-in candidates. The initial 120 albums were selected after extensive research and consultation with a panel of experts that included journalists, DJs, producers and other respected industry veterans. With Round 2 of the 2000s (2000-2015) ending tomorrow (February 7) at 5pm EST, the 30 albums going to the finals will be established.

Next week, “Finding The GOAT” will open the floor to two additional wild card votes. This is the forum for you, the reader, to vote for the litanies of albums you believe were not included in the 120, but should have been. We have suggested dozens of possibilities (many coming from your social media comments), but also have a write-in for anything else. Split into 1980-1996, and 1997-2015, these two additional entries will make the final bracket of 32. Those finals, with albums across decades competing against each other, will begin later this month (February 15).

Before the 10 albums of the 2000s are established, there is at least one close race. Yesterday’s (February 5) battle between Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly and Common’s Like Water For Chocolate is presently at a less than 5% margin. This showdown could go either way in the final hours of the race.

With that said, here are the other nine active battles:

Jay Z’s The Blueprint vs. Scarface’s The Fix

Kendrick Lamar’s good kid, m.A.A.d city vs. Clipse’s Lord Willin’

Kanye West’s Graduation vs. Common’s Be

J. Cole’s 2014 Forest Hills Drive vs. Madvillain’s Madvillainy

Eminem’s Marshall Mathers LP vs. Nas’ Stillmatic

Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy vs. Outkast’s Stankonia

50 Cent’s Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ vs. Ghostface Killah’s Supreme Clientele

Jay Z’s The Black Album vs. Killer Mike’s R.A.P. Music

Kanye West’s The College Dropout vs. Slum Village’s Fantastic, Vol. 2

Related: Ambrosia For Heads’ Finding The GOAT: The Albums