In my previous post, I went through my thoughts on rap albums from this year that did not make it into my top 5. All artists included in the previous post were devastated, I'm told. Now is the time, however, to talk about my five favorite albums. Note that the operative term here is "favorite." My music listening is more or less restricted to the mainstream and its peripheries these days. I don't have the time or desire to get into the myriad underground artists, rap or otherwise, who are making creative waves. Sure, there might be some crazy wild indie stuff out there that blows these five out of the water. But like they say...if an indie artist records a song in his mom's basement, and no one is there to hear it, did he really record a song?
Also, I'm not doing the whole "rank the albums from 1-5 thing." There isn't one album that stands out as my favorite this year (last year, the Roots How I Got Over was far and away my favorite). Thus the albums below, in no particular order, are simply the five that I liked and listened to the most.