Diamond Bradley’s Top Ten Albums of 2009

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This is the Diamond Bradley top ten 2009 album releases. It was a pretty hard decision to choose just ten, but I’d like to think I have some agreements on this list. Check it out…

the dream love vs money 2009 album release cover

10. The Dream – Love Vs. Money

It would seem to be that 2009 would be the year of the sexual lyrics. The Dream got the year started off with his second effort following a more than impressive debut CD. A talented writer who pens and produces for other artists, he didn’t hold back his skills for his own project.


eminem relapse 2009 album cover9. Eminem – Relapse

Eminem made a return to the Hip-Hop scene after a five-year hiatus with Relapse. The entire album, minus one song (“Beautiful”) is produced by Dr. Dre, and is centered around prescription drug use and abuse. In this sense, Relapse is sort of a concept album, just with an unusual concept. He also uses clever wordplay and metaphorical rhyme schemes to leave the listener wanting more after each verse on the album. Like his past LPs, songs like “3 AM,” “Same Song and Dance,” and “Medicine Ball” will have you saying “Did he just say what I think he said.” Pretty much no one raps about what Eminem raps about. Eminem went crazy on this 2009 album release. No, really.

Graffiti Chris Brown album cover8. Chris Brown – Graffiti

Chris Brown takes a step, a broaaaad step out of his comfort zone on this record. The music he supplied his fans this time around sounds nothing like the traditional Chris Brown R&B of old…with the exception of a few songs. This is certainly not a 2009 album release to pass up.


fabulous losos way 2009 album release cover7. Fabolous- Loso’s Way

The “best who ever Twitted” took his mixtape of the same name and ran with it straight to his album. Based on Carlito’s Way, Fab put his own outlook on the story of a gangster in his rise through the ranks of crime. A decent mix of music for one of the best lyricists in the game, with a decent mix of R & B type tracks for the females to appreciate, Loso’s Way was a standout 2009 album release. You’d expect his lyrics to be on point of course, but the music totally matched up and it’s a very balanced album. On Loso’s Way, Fabolous finally let all of his talents go, and a great CD is the end result.

drake so far gone 2009 album cover6. Drake – So Far Gone

I have to give respects to the Rookie of the Year by a landslide, who made his mark on the Diamond Bradley top ten with his EP, So Far Gone. Drake, the artist formerly known as Jimmy Brooks on the hit show Degrassi, released his mixtape in February. The mixtape was re-released as an EP to be sold in stores on September 15th, with only five songs from the mixtape and seven songs total, and still managed to sell 100,000+ copies; which is unheard of for a mixtape that was already free–with less songs! After signing on to Lil’ Wayne’s Young Money label, he let everybody in rap know that he was here to stay with “Best I Ever Had,” and stamped his position in the game with the help of Trey Songz’s vocals on “Successful,” which is what Drake has been up to this point.

The Element of Freedom Alicia Keys Album cover5. Alicia Keys –The Element of Freedom

Disappointment. Only because Ms. Keys left some songs off of the original tracklist that could have made this album her best ever. “Lover Man,” and “Dreaming,” were both left off of a definite 8/10 album, but with those additions to The Element of Freedom, my rating for this would have been off the Diamond Bradley top ten charts. Nonetheless, no one could look past her diversity on this album, as she strayed a bit further away from her beloved piano towards more experimental production. It shows how far Alicia has come from her Songs In A Minor.

trey songz ready 2009 album release cover4 . Trey Songz – Ready

There is only one R. Kelly, but when you listen to how the young adults of this generation speak about Ready, the conversation has a Twelve Play-ish feel. “A pure panty-dropper,” said a friend of mine, this 2009 album release will get the bedroom poppin’. “I Invented Sex,” pretty much explains what the album is about, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. A must-listen for the freaks out thereEeEeEeE! (Trey Songz voice).


jay-z blueprint 2009 album cover3. Jay-Z – The Blueprint III

On to the next one…Saying that Jay-Z has a million ways to get it would have to be an understatement. There are more commas in his bank account than there are in this essay, but that didn’t water down his 2009 album release at all. “Death of Autotune” shook up the world of rap, as many social views and people were addressed on the song, giving our beloved genre a much-needed wake-up call. The Blueprint III was heavily produced by the talented Mr. West, as Kanye provided many unique sounding beats like “Thank You,” “Hate,” and the critically acclaimed “Run This Town.” If Jay lost a step along the way it had to be to tie his shoe. Lyrically, The Blueprint III proved that he was still in first place of that race.

joe signature 2009 album cover2. Joe – Signature

This was almost the best album I have heard this year, and nearly the top of Diamond Bradley top ten. It is grown up, very, very sexy, if I must say so myself as a male, but it isn’t over the top. R. Kelly will forever be the king of R & B, and Trey Songz may be the up-and-coming “prince” of the genre, but Joe is definitely the most underrated R & B artist of all time. Signature proves that, as it is a possible classic, with his melodies and subliminally sexually driven tracks and songs where Joe sings about hook-ups between friends on “Friends Don’t Let Friends” and that time when you’ve just lost your baby to someone else, as “Worst Case Scenario” explains. You’ve got to leave the ACGs and Air Max’s in the crib for Signature, this is for the shoes and heels kind of crowd.

rick ross deeper than rap 2009 album release cover1 – Rick Ross – Deeper Than Rap

Since when was rap this smooth? Ok I’ll toss you a Reasonable Doubt, but after that, Deeper Than Rap would have to be the smoothest, mafioso-themed album I have ever heard. Being from Miami lyricists aren’t looked upon as being in the top tier as much as rappers from up north, but if there were a list of Southern rappers NOT to leave out, Ross would be up there, and he solidified that spot with Deeper Than Rap. All of his lyrics are on point, make sense, and don’t run off. You can tell Ross pays attention to what he is writing in every single song on the album, and towards the second half of it, you could feel that he is untouchable. The self-proclaimed “Boss” has a classic of his own. This “Maybach Music” gives you a Reasonable Doubt-ish relaxation, and you’d be out of your mind not to have this one in your CD collection, iPod, Zune, whatever you got! Definitely a well-deserved spot in the Diamond Bradley top ten albums chart!


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