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100 Best Hip-Hop Albums of the Decade (2002-3)

100 Best Hip-Hop Albums of the Decade

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Let’s continue with my picks for the Best Hip-Hop Albums of the Decade, 10 from each ’02 and ’03.

Click the covers or names to buy your copies at Amazon, Enjoy!

Best Albums of 2002

1. GZA / Genius – Legend of the Liquid Sword

2. Eminem – The Eminem Show

3. Scarface – The Fix

4. Clipse – Lord Willin’

5. Atmosphere – God Loves Ugly

6. Styles P – A Gangster and a Gentleman

7. Nas – God’s Son

8. The Roots – Phrenology

9. Jay-Z – The Blueprint 2: The Gift & the Curse

10. Talib Kweli – Quality

Honorable Mentions: Blackalicious – Blazing Arrow, DJ Shadow – The Private Press, Nas – The Lost Tapes

Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2003

1. 50 Cent – Get Rich or Die Tryin’

2. OutKast – A Love Below / Speakerboxxx

3. Jay-Z – The Black Album

4. Jaylib (J Dilla & Madlib) – Champion Sound

5. Little Brother – The Listening

6. The Diplomats – Diplomatic Immunity

7. Gangstarr – The Ownerz

8. T.I. – Trap Muzik

9. Viktor Vaughn – Vaudeville Villain

10. Joe Budden – Joe Budden

Honorable MentionsBrother Ali – Shadows on the Sun, Madlib – Shades of Blue

Next Up: Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2004-5, keep it locked..


Introducing: $port


It’s easy to get away from just making dope shit because you’re trying to outdo everybody around you.

As lengendary MC Rakim affirmed “it ain’t where you from, it’s where you at.”  Boom-bap distributor and up-and-coming producer Kyle “$port” Hayes hopes to boost Ohio’s rep in the hip-hop landscape by letting everyone know about both his beginnings and current endeavors.

The gifted Toledoan is in full grind mode, churning out funky beats and soulful sound-scapes on an instrumental effort Episode 1, a blend tape inspired by Clipse, in addition to upcoming projects with Providence, Rhode Island MC Theo Martins plus a second full-length conceptual instrumental album.

I recently had the opportunity to chop it up with the stand-up guy, genuine $port about a variety of topics including his inspirational process, who he considers the 2009 version of Gang Starr, his dream collaboration, the prevailing ailment of hip-hop and what it’s like to be a rap romantic.

Dom Corleone: State your age and where you’re reppin for the people.

$port: $port.  Live from Toledo, Ohio. 24 years young.

D: Get it in Ohio!  Bad cam reference, I’ll refrain.

$: (Laughs) That’s not the first time I’ve heard it, and it probably won’t be the last.

D: I can assure you it won’t be. (Laughs) Bring me back to when you first started producing. How did you get into it?

$: Well, as cliché as it sounds, I’ve been making music all my life.  My older brother Kev always had the latest and the greatest in his music collection and I would just raid his CDs and tapes.

From that I would, like, go pick up my See-n-Say and try to mimic Premo or try and beatbox like Biz [Markie].  I was always around music, so I guess it was a natural progression for me to want to try my hand at it. But as far as “professionally,” I’ve only been at it for about 2 or 3 years.

D: Was there a specific moment where you said “this is what I wanna do?”  A “Eureka” moment, if you will.

$: I would have to say the first time I had heard Gangstarr’s Daily Operation album.  Some of the stuff DJ Premier was doing on that album was just amazing to me at the time.  I remember my brother playing that tape all the time and I would just be in awe.  Particularly at ‘Soliloquy of Chaos’.  It just sounded so… angelic to me.  And the two interludes?  Ah man!  But that was when I decided that “Yeah, I wanna do that.”

Hit the jump for the entire interview.

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