10 reasons why 2010 was the best year ever in hip-hop: #10 Don't call it a comeback…but this was the year for some of the best ever.
Now that the year is winding down and new music is slowing to a trickle, it’s the perfect opportunity to take a look back at 2010 and what made it such a phenomenal year for hip-hop. Stay tuned for 9 more reasons until the end of the year. First up is the great comebacks of 2010. Artists tend not to like to ever admit that they may have fallen off for a bit, but everybody does eventually. That’s why it’s all the more impressive when someone comes back from from a fall because very few do. So…let’s all embrace the comeback and celebrate the great music that came with the ones in 2010:
1. Eminem – Everybody knows Slim Shady’s story by now. The fame overwhelmed him, his home life took some major hits and his best friend (please, please, please click that link…it’s a dope true freestyle by Eminem and Proof) was tragically killed. As a result, he turned to prescription drugs to ease the pain and the rest, as they say, is history. That’s enough to knock anyone off his feet for a minute. For Em, it was nearly 4 years. His first effort at coming back fell flat (though it was not as bad as people–even Eminem–thought). His next album, 2010’s Recovery, however was a monster. In fact, it was the biggest album (of all genres) of the year. Here are a couple of reasons why:
2. Lil Wayne – The scary thing about Lil Wayne is his comeback is just beginning. Having spent the vast majority of 2010 in jail and only being released in November, Lil Wayne has only had a little over a month to establish his comeback. Plus, with cameos on 100 songs while he was gone (a SLIGHT exaggeration), it was almost like he never left. He began his comeback shortly before he even got out, with Right Above It and if his first post-release song, 6’7″, is any indication, people better step their game up (hmm…gives insight into the title, no?). Here’s a lil Weezy for you:
3. T.I. – T.I.’s is the most ironic comeback. I won’t spend a lot of time on this one since we all know how the story ends. Suffice it to say that lost in the shuffle of all the controversy is that T.I.P. actually made a really good album.
4. Kanye West – OK. So Kanye NEVER had a drop-off in the quality of his music, but he did have a self-imposed exile of almost 12 months. Beyond that, given that he really didn’t rap much on 808 & Heartbreak, it had been more than 3 years since Ye had dropped an album with him spitting. That’s a LONG time in hip-hop. That’s the same amount of time Jay-Z took in his “retirement” between The Black Album and Kingdom Come. When you add the fact that Kanye was “one of the most hated men in the world” when he took his sabbatical, it was very possible that his career may not have recovered. Dude is just too talented though. Not only did he have commercial success (selling nearly 500K albums in his first week, after giving more than half the album away for free–more on that later), he also had unequivocal critical success. In fact, he made the album of the year. Here are a few examples of why:
I’m sure there were more notable comebacks during the year (Big Boi being one of them–feel free to comment with others) but those were the major ones. On to the next one…Stay tuned for more reasons why 2010 was the best year ever in hip-hop..