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2008 is in the books. It was an interesting year for hip hop music to say the least. 2008 was also the first year for the IHipHop blog team coming
together. That being said we decided to do our own version of a yearly wrap up with our 2008 Top Fives.

 

 

 

 

AF’s Top Fives For 2008:

 

 

Albums of 08:

1. TI-”Paper Trail”
2. Estelle- “Shine”
3. Chris Brown- “Exclusive”
4. Nas- “Nas”
5. Lil Wayne- “The Carter III”

Songs of 08:

1. “Go Hard” – DJ Khaled ft. Kanye West & T-Pain
2. “Hero” – Nas ft. Keri Hilson
3. “A Millie” – Lil Wayne
4. “Take You Down” – Chris Brown
5. “Live Your Life” – T.I. ft Rihanna

 

Chrysalis’ Top Fives of 08:

 

Albums Of 08:

1. Common- “Universal Mind Control”
2. Nas- “Nas”
3. NYOIL- “Hood Treason”
4. Ludacris- “Theater Of The Mind”
5. Lil Wayne- “The Carter III”/ Estelle- “Shine”

Songs of 08:

1. “Brooklyn (Go Hard)”- Jay Z ft. Santogold
2. “Live Your Life”- TI ft. Rhianna
3. “Chopped & Screwed”- T Pain
4. “A Millie”- Lil Wayne
5. “No Air”- Jordan Sparks ft. Chris Brown

Top 5 Things That Got Me Through 08:

1. Albums: Common “Finding Forever”, Keisha Cole: “Just Like Me”, Blue Sky Black Death: “Late Night Cinema
2. Politics: Barack Obama
3. Family: Watching My Nephews Smile & Play
4. Hobbies: Sewing, Volunteering, Decorating
5. Spirituality: Having Faith

 

Cinematic’s Top Fives of 08:

 

Albums of 08:

1. Prodigy- “Product Of The 80′s”
2. Evidence- “The Layover EP”
3. Jake One- “White Van Music”
4. BSBD- “Slow Burning Lights”
5. The Virgins- “The Virgins”

Songs of 08:

1. “L.E.S. Artistes- Santogold
2. “This Is How We Rock”- Termanology ft. Bun B.
3. “Rich Girls”- The Virgins
4. “Brooklyn (Go Hard)- Jay Z ft. Santogold
5. “Exhibit A (Transformations)”- Jay Electronica

Mixtapes of 08:

1. Fashawn- “One Shot, One Kill”
2. Clipse- “Road Till The Casket Drops”
3. Un Pacino- “Cold City”
4. Evidence- “The Layover Mixtape”
5. Twin Gambino- “The Grimey One”

Things That Got Me Through 08:

1. COFFEE
2. Work
3. Art
4. iPod
5. New York

 

Hip Hop Journalist’s Top Fives Of 08:

 

Albums of 08:

1. TI- “Paper Trail”
2. Kanye West- “Heartbreak & 808′s”
3. Black Milk- “Tronic”
4. Ludacris- “Theater Of The Mind”
5. Elzhi- “The Preface”

Songs of 08:

1. “Superstar”- Lupe Fiasco
2. “American Boy”- Estelle & Kanye West
3. “Paper Planes”- M.I.A.
4. “Love Lock Down”- Kanye West
5. “Colors”- Elzhi

Things That Got Me Through 08:

1. Obama
2. iPod
3. Amsterdam
4. Anticipation For Detox Album
5. Mixtapes: “Ojayzis”, “Great Beat Writer”

 

Perspective’s Top Fives Of 08:

 

Songs of 08:

1. “Jets”- Curren$y
2. “Catch Body Music”- Prodigy
3. “Exhibit A (Transformations)”- Jay Electronica
4. “Fade Away”- Proton
5. “Side Kick”- Hot Dollar

Mixtapes of 08:

1. Kid Cudi- “A Kid Named Cudi”
2. Nipsey Hussle- “Bullets Ain’t Got No Name Vol. 1″
3. Evidence- “The Layover Mixtape”
4. Curren$y- “Fin”
5. Fabolous- “There Is No Competition”

Things That Got Me Through 08:

1. Blunts
2. Budweiser
3. Rap Music
4. Californication
5.NYC

Things Hip Hop Would Be Better Without:

1. The Word Swagger
2. Played Out Web Series From Rappers
3. Rappers who act like they’re things they aren’t.
4. Gimmicks
5. Materialism

 

Rashaan Meador’s Top Fives Of 08:

 

Albums of 08:

1. Rick Ross– “Trilla”
2. T.I.– “Paper Trail”
3. Q-tip– “The Renaissance”
4. Killer Mike– “I Pledge Alliegance to the Grind II”
5. Ludacris– “Theater of the Mind”

Songs of 08:

1. “Swagger Like Us (S.L.U.)”– T.I., Kanye West, Jay-Z, Lil’ Wayne
2. “My president is black”– Young Jeezy
3. “Sexual Eruption”– Snoop Dogg
4. “Hi Hater”- Maino
5. “Dey Know”– Shawty Lo

Mixtapes of 08:

1. DJ Drama and Fabolous– “There Is No Competition”
2. Rich Boy– “Bigger Than The Mayor”
3. DJ Green Lantern & Nas– “The Nigger Tape”
4. DJ Whoo Kid & G-Unit– “Return of the Bodysnatchers”
5. Re-Up Gang– “We got it 4 Cheap Vol.3″

Things That Got Me Through 08:

1. Music
2. Patron and Redbull
3. My son Nasir
4. Blogs
5. My college homecoming (Shaw U. baby!)

5 Rappers Most Likely To Be In Jail Next Year:

1.Max B
2.Shawty Lo
3. Young Buck
4. Jim Jones
5. Rick Ross

 

Serge Fleury’s Top Fives Of 08:

 

Albums of 08:

1. 88 Keys- “The Death Of Adam”
2. Elzhi- “The Preface”
3. Black Milk- “Tronic”
4. Buckshot & 9th Wonder- “The Formula”
5. The Roots- “Rising Down”

Songs of 08:

1. “No Future”- Buckshot & 9th Wonder
2. “Strikes”- Jean Grae & BSBD “Evil Jeanius”
3. “Spaz”- Nerds Seeing Sounds
4. “Dots & Dashes”- Doomtree
5. “Get Focused”- Black Milk & Fat Ray

Things That Got Me Through 08:

1.My T-Mobile Wing
2. The never ending search for good music
3. Plenty of batteries for my digital voice recorder
4. Friends/Family
5. A lot of Vodka with Red Bull