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10 reasons why 2010 was the best year ever in hip-hop: #1 YMCMB…could it be anything else?

Has there ever been 1 hip-hop label more dominant in a year than Young Money/Cash Money?  It depends on how you define “dominant.”  If you’re talking purely about record sales,

Whoa. Kanye West’s new video is kinda scary…but that’s fitting for a Monster. Check it out.

This one is more high art from Kanye.  The execution of Nicki Minaj’s verse is very dope.  This is clearly a work in progress, but you get the picture. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WL-J0uo7_Y&feature=player_embedded.

10 reasons why 2010 was the best year ever in hip-hop: #4 Whut? Thee album???…there have been a lot of great songs in hip-hop over the years but not a lot of great ALBUMS. In 2010, there were at least 10…

When’s the last time you went back and listened to some of your favorite hip-hop albums from back in the day? I’m guessing if you randomly picked 10 of your

Vado and Raheem DeVaughn make some gangsta Quiet Storm hip-hop with It’s You. Check it out.

This one is surprisingly dope.  Vado and Raheem mesh much better than you would expect. Click here to download.  It’s a fine line between corny and laid back, but when

Merry Christmas to all. May your years only get better.

Christmas Rap Christmas in Harlem .

10 reasons why 2010 was the best year ever in hip-hop: #7 Rappin’ all over the world…you know that’s right when the hottest rapper of the year was from Canada.

Everyone knows New York City was the birthplace of hip-hop.  For years, the dominant s0und in the genre was from the city that never sleeps.  In the late 80’s the

You have to see this new Saigon video. It's so simple but SO incredibly creative. The song is called Together (Dear Black America). Brilliant

Props to 2dopeboyz for putting the video together.  Click here for more Saigon..

Pace Won and Mr. Green's My Song ft Rival is pretty dope. Check out the video.

Pace Won’s verse in particular is worth a listen. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oT6hTkcfWVw&feature=player_embedded.

10 reasons why 2010 was the best year ever in hip-hop: #9 Change the game…several artists expanded the boundaries of hip-hop in 2010.

1. B.o.B. – Bobby Ray dropped several crunk-filled mixtapes before releasing his first official album.  When the album dropped, however, it was filled with lots of pop, rock and just

Curren$y's lyrics are always tight so did his tracks keep his album from being a hit? Check out how he rides the Kanye West-produced Live Fast, Die Young track and see if this one moves you.

Curren$y’s version is called Daze of Thunder.  Rick Ross and Kanye still rocked this track the best, but Curren$y holds his own. http://www.vimeo.com/17995715.

Eminem and Lil Wanyne together performing on the same stage. This is a fitting coda to the best year ever in hip-hop.

Eminem and Lil Wayne performed on SNL last night. Welcome back, Weezy.  They did No Love, Won’t Back Down and the first televised version of 6’7″.  Could this be the

Rick Ross' 9 Piece ft T.I. sounds like the third part of a trilogy that started with MC Hammer and B.M.F. What do you think?

Click here to download.  Here are parts 1 and 2 of the “trilogy”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdNLClvoqro http://www.vimeo.com/13285609.

Has the color barrier been broken yet in hip-hop?

It’s not a secret that hip-hop was born from black culture and, to date, has been comprised primarily of black performers.  As a result, there have been few rappers of

Jae Millz has been killing the clubs with Green Gobblin ft Chris Brown (spitting no less). Check out the video.

What would 2010 be without Young Money?  The Chris Brown comeback is complete… http://www.vimeo.com/17871774.

Diddy's Ass on the Floor is one of the doper songs on Dirty Money's Last Train to Paris album. Check out the video.

This song continues the “dancefication” of hip-hop, but it works.  Check out NahRight’s take on the video and the trials of blogging here. http://www.vimeo.com/17795826.

Rapsody keeps it 100% real with Honda Accord Music ft Skyzoo and Thee Tom Hardy. She can't afford Maybachs (or Aston Martins) but the music is dope.

She and her crew bless a 9th Wonder track.  This one is for the underground. http://www.vimeo.com/17715023.

Here's some new music from Uncle Snoop Dogg ft Hustle Boys, who sound like the 2010 version of Tha Dogg Pound. The video is called For the Good Times. [fbshare]

This one looks like it was funded by Landy cognac but the music is cool, so it’s all good. Check the comparison to Tha Dogg Pound: The West Side is

The good Dr. Dre dropped Kush after an 11-year absence and it was like he was never gone (in the best possible way). Now here's the video.

Snoop also hasn’t sounded this dope in years.  What is it about Dre beats that brings out the best in him? .

There's a reason Jay-Z (the G.O.A.T.) signed Jay Electronica. He's incredible. Check out Jay E's tribute to the mighty GURU. The song is called Jazzmatazz but the sample is The Beatle's Yesterday.

The intro is crazy long but it’s worth the wait: Click here to download.  Here’s the classic Beatles track: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwS_YDzxH3M  .

Moment 4 Life is probably the dopest song on Nicki Minaj's album. Check out her performance of it on George Lopez's show.

George Lopez is actually starting to rival Jimmy Fallon for dope hip-hop performances. Nicki did this solo, but the original with Drake is even (just a little bit) hotter.  Pink

B.o.B. is back with a new video and mixtape. No more pop ish. He's strictly spittin'. Check out The Watchers (video) and No Genre (mixtape).

Click here to listen to and download the mixtape No Genre.  It’s aptly-titled…The tracklist is below: 01. Beast Mode (Prod. by Infinity) 02. So So (Prod. by Jim Jonsin) 03.

Blu continues to rep hard for the underground. Check out this performance of a new song called EaseYourMind.

Here’s another Blu song (with Exile) called In Remembrance from one of my favorite albums of 2007 called Below the Heavens. Both the lyrics and the track are on point.

I slept on Show Tufli a bit, but better late than never…Check out the video for 1st Class Ticket.

Show Tufli has an interesting story.  When he was 17 he had a stroke and was paralyzed for 40 days.  He overcame that and is now trying to conquer the

It's a shame Big Boi's album didn't get the type of attention it deserved. It was up to Outkast standards. Check out the video for The Train, Pt. 2.

Sir Lucious Left Foot…The Son of Chico Dusty is in stores now.  And here’s how Big Boi gets down live (Follow Us ft Vonnegutt):   .

Even Yelawolf wants to keep it old school right now. Check out his verses over the tracks for So Fresh, So Clean and Shook Ones.

[vodpod id=ExternalVideo.978750&w=425&h=350&fv=fake%3D1] Here are the originals (2 of the best duos of all time): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwD4gA7F_qk http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cP0wsET8__Y  .

Cee Lo Green's singing is dope no doubt but remember when he used to be a rapper? Here's a reminder.

And here’s his latest (singing) video for his song called It’s OK: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGe3GFWEO2I&feature=player_embedded.

The Bullits are not hip-hop…but Jay Electronica is…and he kicks a verse on their track called Close Your Eyes. Check out the video.

Another cool thing about The Bullits?  Lucy Liu (from Charlie’s Angels) is one of the members of the group and is on the vocals.  You can learn (a tiny bit)

Here's another hot one from 1982 (Statik Selektah and Termanology) ft Ghetto and Ea$y Money. This one's called Shut it Down (Virgin MegaStore Boys) ft Ghetto and Ea$y Money.

Statik Selektah’s track features a nice flip of one of Chante Moore’s quiet storm classics as one of the samples.  For more on 1982, including a free EP, click here.

Ever heard of Money Making Jam Boys? No? They are Black Thought's "new" side project, but keep it on the low… Check out their video for Judgment Day.

Money Making Jam Boys are Black Thought, Dice Raw, Truck North, P.O.R.N. and Philly.  Click here for a very comprehensive breakdown of the genesis and evolution of the group from

KiD CuDi seems a lot happier when he's perfoming. Maybe Mr. Rager is just for the studio. Check out his performance of REVOFEV on the Conan O'Brien Show.

It’s pretty dope that he’s wearing a Prince shirt too.Speaking of Prince, in the latest issue of Rolling Stone magazine, ?uestlove lists his top 10 favorite Prince songs of all

AZ is still putting in quality work 17 years after his killer cameo with Nas. Check out the video for the remake of Gimme Yours which was produced by Statik Selektah.

Statik Selektah has quietly become one of the hardest working producers in the game.  This is a good look for both him and AZ: .

Here's some bonus KiD CuDi. It's not included in the album but it fits right in. The video is called Mojo's So Dope (but I'm sure KiD CuDi was not inhaling…).

This one is produced by the cool kids over at Decon. If you have not heard KiD CuDi’s album, here’s a friendly nudge..

If you missed the 1982 album, it's one of the doper ones of the year (and that's saying a lot). They just released a free EP bonus album. Check it out.

In case you missed it, 1982 is the group formed by Statik Selektah and Termanology.  Here are some previous posts about them to give you a taste.  These are 2

Ice Cube's new song Nothing Like L.A. is nothing like his vintage joints from the 80's and 90's but I'm not mad at it.

Check out the performance from the George Lopez show: Need more Cube in your life?  Here’s something old: And something (relatively) new to show you the big homie’s still got