Reader Best of 2010: Mel Blunt
by Winston "Stone" Ford
Badu – New Amerykah Part 2 Return of the Ankh
Eyrkah never disappoints with this release serving as the yang to Nu America Part I’s ying (the mellow project vs. the edgy project. Window Seat was a return to the Roots Production that generated “other side of the game” form her debut “Baduizm” Her concepts, voice and delivery are inspiring, deep, and substantive.
The Roots – How I got Over
The Philly collective kicked off this project with the title cut which spewed cold street vibe and lyrics to match. “Dear God” was deep.The live instruments are always a plus and a Roots staple. This group continues to recreate its sound without losing sight of who they are. The hardest working band in show business. It shows.
Kanye – My Beautiful Twisted Dark Fantasy
Kanye came thorugh the fire of the T swift debacle to unleash some of his most inspired, unbridled work to date. Monster with Nikki and Jay is sick. The title cut produced by the RZA sets the tone with genre bending elements clssic hip-hop beat and Ye spitting casually yet skillfully. The cut with Rick Ross is the best, Never heard Ross sound better and the track is so emotional.