1. 2000 (3377 pts, 76 votes, 19 albums. Top album: Reflection Eternal - Train of Thought (1st)) 2. 2004 (1918 pts, 50 votes, 21 albums. Top album: Madvillain - Madvillainy (3rd)) 3. 2002 (1912 pts, 53 votes, 24 albums. Top album: Scarface - The Fix (10th)) 4. 2001 (1821 pts, 47 votes, 18 albums. Top album: Jay-Z - The Blueprint (6th)) 5. 2005 (1604 pts, 50 votes, 19 albums. Top album: Common - Be (11th)) 6. 2006 (1429 pts, 39 votes, 19 albums. Top album: The Roots - Game Theory (12th)) 7. 2007 (1365 pts, 42 votes, 16 albums. Top album: Kanye West - Graduation (9th)) 8. 2003 (1226 pts, 38 votes, 17 albums. Top album: Little Brother - The Listening (19th)) 9. 2008 (1160 pts, 34 votes, 15 albums. Top album: Q-Tip - The Renassaince (8th)) 10. 2009 (516 pts, 16 votes, 9 albums. Top album: Mos Def - The Ecstatic (20th))
I was wondering if you guys would be interested in more regular rate/rank battles? I think the 2010s are too fresh, and seems like people already had trouble remembering what was in what decade, so if I were to keep doing Lesson Ranks X posts, would something smaller scale but more regular be interesting/would you participate?
My idea would be doing discog rankings. For example, we could do artist specific (Rank/Rate The Roots, Kanye) or do it with famous rivals (Rank/Rate Jay-Z v. Nas, Tribe v. De La).
Ballots could either be a simple rank of 1-x of the artists albums, or be a little more specific where we give a 1-10 score for each album. The results would be the average rank or score based on the ballots submitted.
Let me know if anyone would be interested in this or if we should wrap this up before it becomes a tradition lol
8. "Phrenology didn't win. I want a recount. LOL" In response to Reply # 0
Thanks for taking the time to not only count the votes but go to great lengths to come up with the spreadsheets and list the other data.
It's interesting to see the results quantified. Based on my sense of what the boards thought at the time of the release of these albums, I think the results match up really close to the general taste of everyone.
It's not too surprising that a lot of these albums were released at the beginning of the decade. Not only was that a great time for music, but our tastes as a community also seem more in line with the boom-bap sound that grew less popular over time.
The only shocking album is seeing Deltron 3030. It's a good album, but I didn't think it was so well-regarded. And it's odd that Phrenology isn't here. I'm biased because I voted it #1, but I sensed it was received well at the time and thought it would rank high on the final list.
10. "I still don't get the Train Of Thought love." In response to Reply # 0
...but it's not for me to "get".
Again, when the album first dropped I played it a lot. In fact I remember the excitement and buzz around it in The Lesson. I think it was verification that Talib could lead a project on his own outside of the BlackStar umbrella. Black On Both Sides had dropped the year before as this landmark album, we were all waiting to hear what Kweli would do.
And Train Of Thought held its own in what was one of the most iconic years of soul and hip hop music. Fall of 2000? After Voodoo? After Mama's Gun? After LWFC and Phrenology?
But I guess my ears have grown tired of Talib the MC these days. I can't tell you the last time I played it in full.
But it seems even today people still have a strong connection with that album.