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The Best Hip-Hop Albums/Mixtapes of 2010

Epic, sleek, weed rap, emo, sociopolitical, gangsta, or house party? In which direction will hip-hop go? 2010 was a year for all of the above.

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El-P: Weareallgoingtoburninhell Megamixxx3

While the music is well-produced, and the beats are tight, and the fuzz is furious, it's still background music.

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He's Back: Killa Cam Turns to Role-Playing Recession Rap

The most focused, thought-out, and accessible Cam'ron song in ages.

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Tha Giggle: On Lil' Wayne

Why was Lil' Wayne the single biggest musical phenomenon of 2008?

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Akon: Freedom

Oft-maligned hitmaker's third album doesn't do much to convince the haters that he's not the hack that they think.

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Young Jeezy: The Recession

With all apologies to Nas, if there’s any rapper suited to make an overarching concept album about living in 2008, it’s the self-made hit king from Atlanta.

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Mariah Carey: E=MC2

The second act of Mariah's comeback doesn't wisely expand her sound: it instead succumbs to the blueprint so carefully laid out by its predecessor, a pointless remake that exists only because it has to.

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Young Jeezy: The Inspiration

If Jeezy is anything, he's consistent.

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DJ Khaled: Listennn... the Album

Heavyweight Miami DJ gets his hometown the attention it deserves.

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Young Jeezy: Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101

Guess Who's Bizzack! Young Jeezy blazed the mix tape scene. His Def Jam debut proves Jay-Z knows how to treat his 'new bitch, corporate America'.

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