Top 5 of the year
I'm in the process of working out who's gonna be asked to do the Selectism Top 5 of the year thing again. Which means I'm thinking about what I'd call my top 5. So, in no order, here goes.
Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Obviously. This has been topping several album lists this year and for good reason, it deserves it. It's, by a long way, his best album yet. There's not much to say about this album that hasn't already been said but I will say this - its a Chris Rock skit away from being perfect. And that Nicki Minaj verse is overrated.
Rick Ross - Teflon Don
Who thought he had it in him? It's not one to play to anyone who can't deal with a bit of ignorant rap, but it's an amazing album. At this point, I don't even care about him lying through his teeth on every bar, it's still a great album. He'll have to explain that line about 'doing laps in the swimming pool' from Deeper Than Rap though. That was a lie too far.
Janelle Monae - The Archandroid
I loved this album. Then I liked it. Now I can only listen to a couple of songs. It's a great album and an amazing full debut (discounting the EP that got me into her in the first place) but not quite as good as others are making out. Album of the year? Nah.
Currensy - Pilot Talk/ Pilot Talk 2
Yeah, I lumped these two together. Despite them being released separately, they're basically a double disc CD released four months apart. The antithesis of the cinematic, thematic experiences of any of the three albums above, this is just beats and rhymes. It's not a classic, but it's one of those albums you'll be listening to for years to come.
Black Milk - Album of the Year
This album makes me think one thing - someone team this guy up with a great rapper. Despite his frequent protestations, I still think of Black Milk as a producer first and foremost. And those beats are the sole reason why he's featured on this list. Like I said before, get him in with Ghostface and Raekwon and they'd make a classic.
The Roots - How I Got Over
Most overlooked Roots album of recent history? I'm shocked at how many top ten lists this didn't get into. I'd go as far to say that it's the Roots best album. This will go down in the annals of forgotten great albums, alongside The Roots other overlooked album 'Game Theory'.
And some honourable mentions go to: Deerhunter, Foals, Kid Cudi and Horrors.