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Top 15 Albums of 2007
Wrap UpI've been listening to hip-hop since Public Enemy's "Can't Truss It" video, and the amount of classic material from the "golden age" to 1997 is the stuff of legend.
"I don't know the key to success,Writing this made me revisit a lot of these albums and enjoy them all over again. The common denominator is that the artists seemed to have abandoned the failed formula of "having something for everybody." The internet has made hip-hop fans relatively sophisticated, to the point where everyone knows what the "radio single" is, what song is for the streets, the ladies, the clubs, the "conscious" song, etc. Fans aren't as easily tricked by marketing schemes and compilation solos, so nobody's buying the music. With album sales at a record low, the dream of being the next big multi-platinum rapper has all but vanished, leaving artists with a newfound freedom to make the music they want to. Listening to every release from American Gangster to Tha Untold, from Dirty Acres to The Cool, it seems like the artists all made the album they wanted to make, with little regard to what target audience would latch onto what songs. The end result was a lot of great music.
but the key to failure is to try to please everyone."
You can actually make a 4 disc mix from the best honorable mentions alone, and it would be hours of great music. That's not the half of it though. A lot of the year's best songs didn't make it to retail. Continue...
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