Countdown Predictions: Hip hop

Blue Scholars "Cinematropolis" release party
photo by Dave Lichterman

Wondering where a certain record might land in KEXP’s countdown of the top albums of the last 40 years? You’re not the only one. KEXP reached out to some of our favorite Seattle music writers and asked them to predict what records they anticipated seeing in the voter final results. These aren’t personal Top Ten or Best Of lists, but “educated guesses” based on each individual’s expertise in a certain genre as well as his or her familiarity with the musical universe of KEXP.

Today we take a look at the hip hop predictions, courtesy of Andrew Matson. Andrew writes the Matson on Music blog for the Seattle Times:

  1. Public Enemy, It Take A Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (1988)
  2. Blue Scholars, Bayani (2007)
  3. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, The VS. EP (2009)
  4. Kanye West, The College Dropout (2004)
  5. Missy Elliott, Miss E...So Addictive (2001)
  6. Dr. Dre, 2001 (1999)
  7. Dr. Dre, The Chronic (1992)
  8. Drake, Take Care (2011)
  9. Lil Wayne, Tha Carter III (2008)
  10. Beastie Boys, Licensed to Ill (1996)

For those of you following along at home, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ VS.  already came in at #605. Some of the notable hip hop artists that have already shown up in the countdown as of noon PST today include: Shabazz Palaces, Digable Planets, Jurrasic 5, A Tribe Called Quest, Run DMC, Public Enemy, Blue Scholars, and 2 Pac.

Stay tuned to the KEXP Fall Fundraising Drive to see where Andrew’s picks might land in the final countdown tally, and keep your eyes peeled for forthcoming predictions on the KEXP Blog for Americana, Post-Punk, and local artists.

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