Friday, December 24, 2010

My 2010 iTunes Rotation: The Albums

Because my opinion is indeed law, I've compiled the best list you could ever find to close out this year in music. I present to you, my top 10 albums. If you don't have 'em, cop 'em. If you don't like 'em, your taste is just not as spectacular.

Rather than writing a review, I figure I have enough memories for each album to let you know why I love these in this order.

10-- MIA's MAYA :: I love MIA. She's a revolution baby, and you can hear it in her sound and words. I used to run like hell on a treadmill to this CD. Most of you probably missed the release of MAYA this summer when you were too busy trying to cop Teflon Don the same week. It's cool, just know you missed more pistol music.

9-- Sade's Soldier of Love :: My mom loved the title song, I loved watching Julia dance to "Baby Father" with her fathers on her wedding day. Timeless music, still not better than Lover's Rock. When I was in Liberia I tried desperately to make a copy for my dad, a huge Sade fan. Weak ass internet, I wonder if he ever got one.

she's soo badddd

8--Rihanna's Loud :: I'm still loving this CD. The video for "What's My Name" inspired my pointy nails and desire to pick up and go to another continent. I wanna dance around in freedom. Don't ask how it's done all this for me, but Loud gave me a feeling. It's fun and feminine.

7-- Usher's Raymond v. Raymond:: The dance songs were all "my jam," and "Mars v. Venus" is number 3 on my itunes top played list. I remember just wanting a man to epitomize "Daddy's Home" for me... there are just too many reasons this CD is so super tight. Thank you for coming back URsher. "Yeah man..."

6-- B.o.B.'s The Adventures of Bobby Ray :: I fell in love with this CD after the free concert at Center Stage. And I fell in love with him maybe around the same time. His music is just so uptempo, and relatable, and I think that's what rap music is missing right now. "5th Dimension" was my favorite.

5-- The Dream's Love King:: I remember being tooooo nervous to interview The Dream at the Rose event over the summer. It happened so quickly. Bing, boom, more champagne for me please. But I've loved all three Dream albums and have the hardest time choosing a favorite. Too bad about Christina Milian, she was indeed a bad one.

er, she's so baddddddd!!!

4-- Kanye's Long Ass Title About a Fantasy:: That man Kanye is indeed a producer. The instrumentals were bananas. Then the masterpiece that was Selita Ebanks and her fall to earth. I mean there's too much to say about this album. What song didn't I love?

3-- Rick Ross's Teflon Don:: Ungh. I do indeed think this CD was better than Kanye's, simply because I have a crush on Rozay. When I saw him on the red carpet at Soul Train, I just wanted to rub his belly. I kept holding his hands like "pick me, pick me!" Anyway, production = crazy. Lots of quotable lyrics. Rick Ross is just such a boss, and yall know I love a boss man!!

2-- Erykah Badu's New Amerykah Part II (Return of the Ankh) :: The way I used to sing "Call Tyrone" when I was in third grade is the same way I sing "Get Munny" nowadays. I love her and everything about this CD. It's easy and strong. And that body was motivational in the video which might be why she dates the cream of the crop of rappers. Yes Erykah, do the damn thing.

1-- Big Boi's Sir Luscious Left Foot Son of Chico Dusty :: Hands down my number 1! The first photoshoot I ever had with Rolling Out was Big Boi, Cee Lo, and Big Gipp. Talk about a great way to experience some new amazing Atlanta music from an old favorite. The CD is so "Atlanta fast forward" to me. Like you could drop "85" with the Youngbloodz in the middle of the album and just ride out, but then there's so much new talent on there. The Jamie Foxx track made me want to do private dances in stilettos, so if you don't listen to any others, find that one! Big Boi crushed every other album this year. Period.

My boo Nicki Minaj didn't even make an honorable mention. That CD was so wack I don't know where to begin. I'm waiting for record labels to do better by their artists. Pink Friday was tragic and unfortunate.

I've got a whole mixtape list to share with you, but open your Christmas gifts. In the meantime, 'tis the season to be jammin to dope shit on my list.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010