Top 5 – Underrated Albums of 2010

5. Skyzoo & !llmind – Live From The Tape Deck

The chemistry between Brooklyn emcee Skyzoo and New Jersey producer Illmind is undeniable on their most recent album. Released on October 5, 2010, Live From The Tape Deck is a collection of raw and flawless hip hop songs showing off production talents of Illmind and the lyrical intellect of Skyzoo. Songs like “Frisbees” and “Barrell Brothers” show off the lyrical talents of Skyzoo as Illmind provides the perfect backdrop. Live from the Tape Deck is a successful collaboration and definitely one of 2010′s best albums that went under the radar. 4/5

4. The Niceguys – The Show

The Niceguys’ is a hip hop group consisting of four young men by the names of emcee Yves Saint, DJ Candlestick, and producers Free, and Christolph. After a handful of singles, and live performances with Talib Kweli, Big Sean, Mickey Factz, and more, The Niceguys released their widely anticipated debut album, The Show. Catching the attention of many hip hop heads, The guys’ prove they are a group to be reckoned with. The bluesy, horn heavy song beat of “Toast” captures the essence of the lyrics, creating a backdrop of triumph and achievement. The lyrics are inspirational and reflect on the early success of the group while paying homage to the struggles endured to get to where they are. “And I appreciate the love, cause I felt the hate/ And I appreciate the hugs, cause I felt the scrapes,” Yves Saint rhymes. After listening to The Show, The Niceguys is a group with a promising future ahead of them. 4.5/5

3. Roc Marciano – Marcberg

The Strong Island emcee, Roc Marcberg has a complex flow and delivery that sets him apart from the pack. Making an impact with every word he spits, Roc doesn’t hold back when it comes to his lyrics. Roc creates a complete work of art reminiscent of the golden era of hip hop with the release of Marcberg. On standout track “Snow,” Roc goes on a verbal onslaught saying, “Baby girl, my .45 don’t jam / Al Pacino with a tan / Ghetto casino, rollin’ cee-lo with Vito for nothing under a c-note / Nigga, we still reppin’ the east coast / Reaching for toast like TV remotes.” Although the whole album is revolved around life in the streets, none of the songs fell repetitive; rather, each fits together perfectly like a puzzle piece. Roc Marciano created a complete and consistent album with the release of Marcberg, cementing his place in history among the talented Long Island lyricists. 4.5/5

2. The Left – Gas Mask

Detroit hip-hop trio The Left, comprised of producer Apollo Brown, rapper Journalist103, and DJ Soko took the internet by storm with the release of Gas Mask. The album received raved reviews from many blogs and hip hop lovers with many regarding the album as the best of the year, if not decade. Heavily influenced by their surroundings, the album captures the grit and grime of inner city life with Apollo Brown providing the soulful backdrop. “How We Live,” featuring Rochester rhymer Hassaan Mackey creates a vivid imagery of what life is like. Hassaan Mackey kicks things off with a depiction of his own environment Rochester, a city of New York often disregarded. “I’m a product of my environment/ Weed smoke and silencers/ Victims run from gunshots where projects sit,” rhymes Mackey. With all the bad hip-hop out there polluting the airwaves, Gas Mask is a breath of fresh air. 5/5

1. The Roots – How I Got Over

The Roots album How I Got Over did not get the recognition it deserved in 2010. The album is the Philly natives at their best and proves the group is capable of delivering quality music for years to come. How I Got Over examines our culture and society on tracks like “How I Got Over,” the record’s title track. Black Thought repeats in the hook “Out in the streets, where I grew up/First thing they teach us: not to give a fuck/That type of thinking can get you nowhere/Someone has to care.” Instead spitting bars of anger, Black Thought examines the state of our society and the struggles of life. Black Thought is easily one of the most underrated emcees of his generation. His lyrical talent is unquestionable having the ability to tell stories with ease and dig deep finding meaning to life’s many questions. After 18 years in the game and having the ability to blend different genre’s of music in one, The Roots are hands down one of the most consistent and talented groups to come out of the 90’s. 5/5

Honorable Mentions

Kokayi – Robots & Dinosaurs
Statik Selektah & Termanology – 1982

Gangrene (Alchemist & Oh No) – Gutter Water
Blackmilk – Album Of The Year
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