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Sufjan number 1. All is forgiven.
but why do pitchfork have a fascination with crap, commercial hip hop? the game! cam'ron! fucking hell.
there's been better hip-hop this year and it just shows that pitchfork doesn't care about true hip hop because it's not in the list.
how they thought 'Late Registration' was a QUOTEUNQUOTE """"""""masterpiece""""""". It was really average, the production was uninteresting, it's full of lazy, obvious sampling, the rapping is pretty sloppy, it's just generally mediocre. Maybe that's just me though, I even thought dropout was better. meh.
Dropout wasn't hugely original but it had a spark and some personality. LR feels stale and over produced. the best track, "hey mama", is even a worse remix of an older demo.
I agree with homesick_alien too. I prefer The College Dropout to Late Registration and Kanye's rapping is, at times, not very good.
I still prefer Homesick_LOLien though.
i'm old news now....
1. Kanye is an awful rapper and a derivative producer. He is the Emperor and his new suit is rather threadbare.
2. 'Underground' hip hop has not progressed at all in the last 5 or 6 years and thus now sounds really shitty. I'm astonished at the amount of praise the Perceptionists LP got, it was dire and in 1999 would have been laughed at.
3. Houston/Memphis/Dipset hip hop is excellent now. Hip hop is essentially party music, it's not like Melle Mel was God's gift to lyricism: Paul Wall, Young Jeezy, Juelz & Camron don't say anything new lyrically but they do excel at the party vibe with great voices and flow. Panic: have you actually listened to these LPs? Very few people over here actually do. This said, Pitchfork's inclusion of them smacks of tokenism as they try and intellectualise songs about pimping and how fat girls should eat less.
i'm not into hip-hop that's specifically for partying. i know what you mean about hip-hop being about music for moving to, but i just enjoy stuff that is coming from a different angle. unless the production is through the roof, having lyrics about partying is just redundant in my opinion.
you're then dismissing the roots of hip hop as a genre. hip hop never started out as either social commentary or sci-fi influenced 'space-rap'. and the production IS through the roof on Swishahouse stuff right now: have you heard "Sittin' Sideways" or "Stay Fly"?
I'm appalled that The Game is in there as he's the most non-descript rapper ever, but i am glad to see Beanie Sigel in there as his LP was the best gangsta rap record i've heard for years. HOWEVER: it was definitely not top 50 of the year material and i think Pitchfork need to realise it makes them look stupid when albums with so much filler get ranked so highly in these lists.
obviously hip hop has to move on from 1979, but then it hasn't moved on from ridiculously complex thesaurus assisted brag-raps in the last 10 years anyway.
I thought the inclusion of The Game and 50 Cent in the OMM top 100 was extraordinary.
Deerhoof #6. Win win win. And Superwolf is fairly high too. Art Brut are really high.
That Konono #1 album sounds like it could be really good.
For those who don't want to visit the site ;)
1. Sufjan Stevens - Illinois
2. Kanye West - Late Registration
3. Art Brut - Bang Bang Rock & Roll
4. MIA - Arular
5. Anthony and the Johnsons - I Am a Bird Now
6. Deerhoof - The Runners Four
7. Animal Collective - Feels
8. LCD Soundsystem - LCD Soundsystem
9. Cam'ron - Purple Haze
10. Wolf Parade - Apologies to the Queen Mary
I am also surprised at how much love Jamie Lidell is getting in the year-end lists, I thought the album was kind of overlooked at the time.
Is this Sufjan Stevens album Illinois or Illinoise?
I'm glad that MIA got in there, it was probably my favourite album of 2005.
Not enough fun.
Apparently it's okay to put in internet-available mixtapes that shouldn't be considered studio albums as they aren't actually legally released, but not okay to include Coachwhips type entertainment.
it was the other way round yesterday. And no-one was happy then either. I think it's a good list. More metal I say! But that is my personal preference.
or at least it looks like it wishes it was
seems a bit pointless having a go at Pitchfork, it is free after all, but that list is so boring and predictable. I have only Deerhoof in the top 10 and the rest of the list is fairly average. I would of bet money they'd give Wolf Parade number 1 though. Maybe next year they will get rid of all the tokenistic stuff and just fill it with white boy sexless indie like they really want to.
...and a lot of them are excellent.
What a good list.
HOORAY DEER THE HOOF.
The Wolf Parade record isn't half as bad as I first thought... tis an awkward one to get into methinks.
Named after the state, that's what it says down the side anyway...
Where is Has A Good Home by Final Fantasy
otherwise a far superior list to the singles....
Wolf Parade's album is disappointing compared to the EPs, a bit over produced methinks, though still rather good.
ear fucking bleeding!
makes my head go funny.
for the DiS albums of the year.
Back To Bedlam all the way.