Monday, January 3rd, 2005

Kanye West Is So 2004

Spent the long holiday fighting a flu, avoiding work and email and finishing musical blog entries and thinking about anything important, working on the Can’t Stop Won’t Stop mixtape with dem Quannum boyz, and cleaning like demon. The only reason I have a top 10 list for 2004 is because the Village Voice imposed a fricking deadline. To everyone, I will return your calls and emails soon! Forthwith, without comment because I ain’t got the time…

Albums (In Alphabetical Order)

Build An ArkPeace With Every StepPlug Research (10 points)

Danger MouseThe Grey Album (10 points)

DFA – Compilation #2 – DFA (10 points)

DJ Nuts – Cultura CopiaMochilla/Wax Poetics (10 points)

Jill ScottBeautifully Human: Words and Sounds Vol. 2 – Hidden Beach (10 points)

Joni Mitchell – Dreamland – Asylum (10 points)

Konono No. 1Lubuaku – Terp (10 points)

Various Artists – Lif Up Yuh Leg And Trample – Honest Jon’s (10 points)

Maroons – Ambush – Quannum (10 points)

Various ArtistsThe Third Unheard: Connecticut Hip-Hop 1979-1983Stone’s Throw (10 points)

Singles (In Ranked Order)

1. Federation – “Hyphy” – Montbello/Virgin

2. Lyrics Born – “Callin Out Remix” – Quannum

3. Tanya Stephens – “Power Of A Girl” – Pow Pow

4. MIA – “Galang” – XL

5. Mac Dre“Feelin’ Myself” – Thizz Entertainment

6. Green Day – “American Idiot” – Warner Industrial Complex

7. Richie Spice – “Earth Ah Run Red” – Fifth Element

8. Lady Saw – “I’ve Got Your Man” – VP

9. Snoop Dogg – “Drop It Like It’s Hot” – Geffenomics

10. Terror Squad – “Lean Back” – Universal Megacorp

Listen globally, get hyphy locally!

posted by @ 11:50 am | 5 Comments

5 Responses to “Kanye West Is So 2004”

  1. lynne d says:

    I love that Lady Saw joint. Have you heard the remix with Remy on it. Quite nice. I gotta’ say I love your list, b/c you voted true to your heart and stayed away from those top of the charts selections.

  2. nai' says:

    Happy New Year. This is my first time here. Just gotta say that I’m loving the list. I’m especially glad to see that you have both Lady Saw and Tanya Stephens on it. I’m actually also feeling Tanya’s “It’s a Pity”. It just reminds me of the reggae of old.

  3. Jeff says:

    Yes, and Tanya’s album is great. One of the stories I wanted to do this year was around her and Lady Saw’s “return”. They truly influenced a whole generation of dancehall and hip-hop divas, and even now in their late 30s, they still go harder than most of the fresh new gals. I didn’t get around to doing many reviews or pieces this year, mainly because of my book and political commitments, but I’m **really** sorry I didn’t get to do that story.

    BTW if you love that old vibe like me, you should get the Beres Hammond–just golden–and the Garnett Silk anthology on VP is definitely the best selection of his songs out there.

  4. Jeff says:

    Lynne’s lists are here yall:



    I could/should have listed Prince’s Musicology! But then I guess I’d look maaaaaad old. You can pull it off tho, Lynne…

  5. Anonymous says:

    I am a white man who bought your new CD, but I threw it in the trash this morning. You have a right to your uninformed ignorant opinion, but last night you were supposed to be HELPING people. Who the majority needing help happened to be black people. You showed that you in fact are a racist and selfish.
    Did you know the Mayor of New Orleans is a black man? Mayor Nagin could have used New Orleans School Buses to evacuate people starting Saturday? The Hurricane didn’t hit until Monday, idiot. It is common knowledge that the low lying flood prone areas of New Orleans are poor people and black, but this is from the Associated Press two days BEFORE the Hurricane hit:

    NEW ORLEANS (AP)8/28/05 — In the face of a catastrophic Hurricane Katrina, a mandatory evacuation was ordered Sunday for New Orleans by Mayor Ray Nagin.
    Gov. Kathleen Blanco, standing beside the mayor at a news conference, said President Bush called and personally appealed for a mandatory evacuation for
    the low-lying city, which is prone to flooding.

    So President Bush PERSONALLY called the Mayor and Governor and asked them for a Mandatory Evacuation of “low-lying” areas, which everyone knows the majority are poor black people. I have seen pictues of thousands of New Orleans School Buses under water. Why didn’t Mayor Nagin do public announcements on tv and radio telling people in low-lyng areas that the city will pick them up in, New Orleans School Buses, on every other even numbered street? That would have saved many lives. The decisions made by the state of Louisiana were made by Governor Kathleen Blanco, and the decisions made for the city of New Orleans were made by Mayor Nagin(who happens to be a black man, who was in control of the New Orleans Police Department). So if anyone gave the order “of shoot black people” it would have been this black man’s decision not President Bush. I never knew you were such an ignorant racist self-centered man until last night.

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