1 EL-P I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead (Definitive Jux)
Well worth the wait. But don’t make us wait this long again.
2 WU-TANG CLAN 8 Diagrams(SRC Records)
RZA + live instruments + Raekwon chaos + Ghostface hate + Meth/Deck/U-God = brilliance. Wu-Tang forever and ever.
3 TALIB KWELI Eardrum (Blacksmith/Warner)
Truly his best since his first, and probably the most slept-on album of the year.
4 SEAN PRICE Jesus Price Superstar (Duck Down)
They don’t make hiphop like this any more. Beats. Rhymes. Imminent death. Joy!
5 J. DILLA Donuts (Def Jam)
Maybe – probably – the most amazing instrumental album in hiphop history. One last gift from the god Jay Dee.