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About Me
I'm a pop music writer for the San Jose Mercury News. I cover pop, hip hop, punk, rock, dance, and ethnic - well, basically everything you can dance to.

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CD: Common:"Be"
Music Video Eminem: featuring Triumph the Insult Comic Dog
Trailer: The Year of the Yao
TV: Harvey Birdman
Videogame: Fable

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1. R. Kelly: "Trapped In The Closet"

2. Weezer: "Hold Me"

3. Bright Eyes: "First Day Of My Life"

4. Ringside: "Miss You" and "Criminal"

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  • Thursday, June 02, 2005

    Hip Hop's Top Ten Albums of All Time

    Recently hip-hop journalist Davey D pointed out the controversy MTV is stirring up when they put out a top ten of all-time hip-hop album list - because it begs the question - What is hip-hop? Social commentary? Gangsta rap? Political strife?

    With hip-hop now a global phenomenon over 30 years old - the age and hometown of the list-maker must be taken into account as well.

    This is MTV's list:

    10 Public Enemy - "It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back"
    9 Tupac - "The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory"
    8 Ice Cube - "Death Certificate"
    7 N.W.A - "N---az4life"
    6 Jay-Z - "Reasonable Doubt"
    5 Run-D.M.C. - "Raising Hell"
    4 Notorious B.I.G. - "Ready to Die"
    3 Dr. Dre - "The Chronic"
    2 Nas - "Illmatic"
    1 Eric B. & Rakim - "Paid in Full"

    And this is the list that hip-hop journalist Davey D came up with:

    10
    De La Soul - "Three Feet High and Rising"
    9 Wu-Tang Clan - "Enter the 36 Chambers"
    8 Lauryn Hill - "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill"
    7 Notorious B.I.G. - "Ready to Die"
    6 2Pac - "All Eyes on Me"
    5 A Tribe Called Quest - "Low End Theory"

    Personally, I agree with MTV on Nas but maybe not so high as #2 and I like Jay-Z but I am still debating where he should go as well. Mr. Hova called MTV demanding that he be higher, reports Davey D.

    As for Tupac, I definitely like Davey D's choice of album over MTV's. But I also know that my taste in hip-hop tends to be more pop than grit and gangsta and also very West Coast biased.

    Anybody else have any thoughts on who should be in the top ten of all time hip-hop albums?

    As for tonight, ch-check it out:

    Let's Get Hyped Thursdays
    WHERE: Club Max, DoubleTree Hotel, 2050 Gateway Place, San Jose
    WHEN: 10:30 p.m. tonight
    TIX: $5 before 10:30 p.m.; www.dtsj-clubmax.com
    WHY: G-Dub, an intensely political emcee out of San Jose, will be performing at 11 p.m. The rapper also is in talks with Activision to do a video game called Skills about freestyling and dancing.


    1 Comments:

    Blogger nathanieljue said...

    digable planets! because they are cool like dat.

    9:43 AM  

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