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04.06.11 If You Could Rec Me Only One Song03.30.11 Ranking/rating Your Recs
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08.13.10 Somberlain's Top 10 Hip-hop Albums08.12.10 Pt. II of Somberlain's Top Hip-hop Albu
08.11.10 Somberlain's Top Hip-hop Albums06.20.10 A Somber(lame?) Decade
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Somberlain Teaches You To Hip-hop

As the foremost Sputnik authority on the genre, I will now teach you how to hip-hop... or I could just mention some amazing hip-hop albums that you may not have heard
The War Report

Gritty, grimy, similar to Mobb Deep this is as good as 'The Infamous,' awesome hardcore hip-hop best track: 'L.A., L.A,' feat. Mobb Deep
2Company Flow
Funcrusher Plus

Amazingly innovative, lyrically dense with good but simple production that highlights its lyricism best track: 'Vital Nerve'
3Sage Francis
Personal Journals

As the name implies, deeply personal lyrics, like someone reading their diary with amazing wordplay best track:'Inherited Scars'
4 Kool G. Rap

Although best known for his work with DJ Polo, his first solo album is massively underrated, spinning vivid crime tales with jaw-dropping verbal dexterity it?s as good as any of his stuff with Polo best track: 'It's a Shame'

The definition of hardcore, these guys are incredibly energetic and attack the mic with reckless abandon also features outstanding production best track:'Ante Up'
6The D.O.C.
No One Can Do It Better

Perhaps one of the most overlooked rappers had his career tragically cut short but you've most likely heard his lyrics... performed by Dr. Dre best track: 'It's Funky Enough'
7 O.C.
Word... Life

O.C. debuted with Organized Konfusion then dropped his solo album that has been virtually forgotten by now but is a superb album with his great storytelling abilities and great production by Buckwild best track:'Time's Up'
8Organized Konfusion
Stress: The Extinction Agenda

Pharaoh Monch is relatively well known by some sputnikers for his solo work but I find his stuff with OK much more interesting and just better best track: 'Stress'
9Prince Paul
A Prince Among Thieves

A true hip-hop opera, a detailed story told by several rappers(Big Daddy Kane, Everlast, Kool Keith, De La Soul...) who all deliver great performances best track: 'Macula?s Theory'
10Ultramagnetic MCs
Critical Beatdown

For all the praise that Kool Keith has gotten (mostly as Dr. Octagon) this album remains overlooked by many, this is where it started for crazy-ass Kool Keith best track: 'Give the Drummer Some'
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