Monday, July 28, 2008

Favorite Yearly Albums Since The Year I Was Born

Yeah, I know I'm late on this, but I'm interested to see how my tastes will change in a year, five years, ten years, etc. Here goes:

1990: Public Enemy - Fear of a Black Planet
1991: Organized Konfusioin - Organized Konfusion
1992: The Pharcyde - Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde
1993: Wu-Tang Clan - Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers
1994: Organized Konfusion - Stress: The Extinction Agenda OR Nas - Illmatic
1995: Aceyalone - All Balls Don't Bounce
1996: De La Soul - Stakes is High
1997: Stereolab - Dots and Loops
1998: Aceyalone - A Book of Human Language
1999: MF DOOM - Operation: Doomsday
2000: Deltron 3030 - Deltron 3030 or Blackalicious - Nia
2001: Stereolab - Sound-Dust
2002: Nas - The Lost Tapes
2003: Broadcast - Haha Sound
2004: Madvillain - Madvillainy
2005: CYNE - Evolution Fight
2006: Lupe Fiasco - Food & Liquor
2007: Caribou - Andorra

Considering I only started getting into popular music a little over two years ago, I think this is a pretty good list, if a touch predictable. Unfortunately, some of these are on more by default than by my actual love for them. For example, I don't think I've heard any album from 1990 besides Fear of a Black Planet, and it'll probably be a damn long time before I listen to another one. 1994 was surprisingly easy for me to nail down after re-listening to Stress yesterday, but 93 (Buhloone Mindstate has three of my favorite songs of alltime in "I Am I Be," "Breakadawn," and "Ego Trippin' (Part Two)") and 96 (Illadelph Halflife, Reasonable Doubt, and just started getting into ATLiens) gave me the most trouble. I have a feeling 2002 is bound to go to The Streets' Original Pirate Material after another week of listening or so, and I'm still making it through lots of 2007 stuff. Feel free to share your lists or give me recommendations.

EDIT: If you consider Nia by Blackalicious to have come out in 2000 (it was released in Europe in 99, but released in the US in 2000) it would beat out Deltron 3030.


David Epstein said...

That is a great list. Good shit, youngin.

Berto said...

comment much appreciated!

Jeremy said...

Lol so you were into pharcyde at 2 years old?

jus playin but the way you worded it it seemed like these were your favorite albums every year since you were born :P

Good stuff though, I really need to get on stereolab

Jeremy said...

wait masters of the universe was my 2000 pick. Well waterworld came out in '99 bu ti know nothing will knock off doomsday for you lol

vincentlopez said...

I feel VERY old right now! You need to hear some more 1990 albums.


Berto said...

Vincent - You're totally right! I didn't realize AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted and People's Instinctive Travels came out in 90, along with Funky Technician (all on my short/medium-term must listen list). The problem is that I also want to keep up with what's going on in contemporary rap, so it's tough to balance going back and listening to classic stuff with that...