For the record this is the same "Best Of" list I compiled for the annual
Pazz and Jop feature
of New York's critically acclaimed Village Voice magazine. Do me a solid and pick up the 2009 edition on
newstands when it drops. The only thing I've removed is the actual scores - you have
to assign a total of 100 points to your 10 choices with none getting less
than 5. You'll just have to guess how much weight I gave to what as you scan
the list, and then read the magazine to see which albums from my top ten
were also chosen by music critics as a whole.
For what it's worth, these are my "honorable mention" albums of 2009 which didn't
make my cut for Pazz and Jop, but are still pretty damn good and in some cases
OUTSTANDING. 2009 was the best year for hip-hop in a long time.