3. Cunninlynguists – Strange Journey Vol. 3
Kno solidified himself in my top 5 producers list on this album. Again, this Cunninlynguists album bangs in the system. The project’s filled with bangers and some awesome features. This album was crowd sourced, meaning that the fans A&R’d this album. They got to help choose, through Facebook polls, the features, production and even some song themes. The result were a lot of new collaborators and they mostly all worked out nicely. My man Tunji even made an appearance on here. It’s incredible because this was more of a mixtape, this wasn’t the official follow-up to Oneirology, this was just a fun detour. I can’t imagine how good they’re next album will be.
2. Pharoahe Monch – PTSD: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Pharoahe Monch delivered a great album with PTSD this Spring. Filled with brilliant song concepts and wonderful sonics, this album fell into the number 2 spot for me. Pharoahe should honestly be in everyone’s top 5, or at least top 10 rappers of all time. This guy’s microphone skills are out of this world. His flows are unmatched. On “Time2”, the follow the theme, on the last verse, Pharoahe raps like a true PTSD mental patient. Specifically, he imitates that man that went crazy in Times Square. Stuff like this is all over the album and over course Pharaohe hits us with some sick punchlines. “When the cameras are a attached to dollys, I call ’em dalai lamas.” To this day, I go back to this album and I’m more impressed every single time.