2010 was an excellent year for album releases in Hip-Hop, R & B and other genres. We saw a comeback for one singer, one rapper emerged from controversy and a legend’s unreleased work was given a fresh look before being given to the music world amongst other releases. The following is a list of the writer’s top 10 album picks for 2010.
10: Tie: Erykah Badu’s New Amerykah Part Two and Monica’s Still Standing:
Both albums were comebacks of sorts of these two ladies. The latter arriving after a long hiatus. These two releases are worthy to be on the list and are full of good music – period.
9: Drake’s Thank Me Later:
The debut of the actor turned rapper along with the backing of Young Money proved this Canadian native could vie with the best of the best in the Hip-Hop industry.
8: Sade – Soldier of Love:
A return to form, after more than a decade of being out of the spotlight, Sade, returned to the music scene with a brazen and coarser approach than previous song collections.
7: B.O.B – B.O.B Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray:
The innovation of rapper, B.O.B was displayed prominently throughout this release capitalizing on various music genres and styles.
6: Trey Songz – Passion Pain & Pleasure:
While this was no Ready, it did display a more artistic side of the singer while maintaining the signature vocal tone.
5: Eminem – Recovery:
The brazen Hip-Hop emcee dove right into the mic ripping it to pieces with vicious bars and slick rhymes that were unbelievably memorable.
4: Usher – Raymond vs Raymond: This release gave Usher many radio friendly vibes and continued in the same vein that was attributed to other Usher releases.
3: R. Kelly – Love Letter:
The Pied Piper unleashed a hearkening to R & B from each decade making this one of his best to come out in quite a while.
2: Michael Jackson – Michael:
While there has been much controversy surrounding whether it should have been released or not and whether the vocals were up to par, Michael is a solid portfolio of cuts that unveil the voice that was respected and loved.
1: Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy:
Leaving behind the school themed albums, Kanye, engineered a cohesive and collaborative musical masterpiece.
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