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DJ Premier’s Top 25 Albums of 2010

Like every year DJ Premier presents to you his top 20 albums of a year on LiveFromHQ, also in 2009 he did that. But instead of top 20 it’s now top 25. Check out Premos top 25 of 2010:


25. Ice Cube – I Am The West
24. Bun B – Trill OG
23. Celph Titled & Buckwild – Nineteen Ninety Now
22. KRS-One & True Master – Meta-Historical
21. Nottz – You Need This Music

20. Little Brother – LeftBack
19. Roc Marciano – Marcberg
18. Murs & 9th Wonder – Fornever
17. Eternia & MoSS – At Last
16. The Roots – How I Got Over
15. The Left – Gas Mask
14. Rah Digga – Classic
13. Gangrene – Gutter Water
12. Skyzoo & !llmind – Live from the Tape Deck
11. Drake – Thank Me Later

10. Fat Joe – The Darkside Vol. 1
09. Marco Polo & Ruste Juxx – The eXXecution
08. Rick Ross – Teflon Don
07. Freeway & Jake One – The Stimulus Package
06. Statik Selektah & Termanology – 1982
05. Scarface – Dopeman Music
04. Meth, Ghost & Rae – Wu Massacre
03. Strong Arm Steady – In Search of Stoney Jackson
02. DJ Premier Presents Year Round Records – Get Used To Us
01. Ghostface Killah – Apollo Kids

Voila. Sorry Kanye West, Nas, Eminem & Talib Kweli.

Last year note from DJ Premier himself:

I judge my list based on dope beats, dope rhymes, scratchin’ and cutting, creativity, uniqueness, originality, and overall packaging of the product’s integrity. I don’t care if you sold a million copies, that does not make it dope. I went through more than 60 LP’s released in ’09 on major and indie labels over and over to get it as close as i possible could to being satisfied with the list so here it is along with the list.

“Be Glad or Be Mad” -DJ Premier

DJ Premier’s Top 20 of 2009

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70 Responses to “DJ Premier’s Top 25 Albums of 2010”

  • Comment from Dude...

    How could I forget! One of my favorite albums of the year. “Sir Lucious Left Foot… The Son Of Chico Dusty” by Big Boi! A really cool and funky album which I really enjoy listening to.

  • Comment from Curtis75Black

    I purchased 13 of his list and the only one I wasn’t too hot about was his 25 entry. Big Boi should’ve been on this list but this was Preemo’s so It doesn’t matter. Good list anyway.

  • Comment from Jaz

    so DJ Premier is saying that Drake had a better album than The Roots, The Left, Gangrene, Skyzoo, Celph Titled and Buckwild, KRS One, Roc Marciano and Murs & 9th Wonder?


  • Comment from Jaz

    “I don’t like Drake either, but dude has made BETTER MUSIC on his album than most of the people on this list. Yeah his stuff is poppy and not really hip hop, but at least it’s sorta different. You can see the dude is putting in some kind of effort. Yeah it’s hit or miss, but some tracks have a decent melody e.g. “Miss Me.””

    Lol are you that wack dude’s promo team or something?

  • Comment from SASfan

    I dont agree with everything on the list but Im most alarmed that Preem put his own shit at no 2. It smacks of some narcisstic shit, anyway In Search Of Stoney Jackson was an awesome album, glad it made it so high, shouldve beaten Apollo Kids for sure, its only boring if youre not really familiar with Madlibs style. Madlib and Preem collabbo?? I can only pray. Plus Im glad Gutter Water made it on there too, diggin that shits. MetaHistorical was crazy too you people need to get the shit out youre ears, if ya dont like Drake noones holdin no guns to ya head to listen to him. Live and let live I say, good luck to that dude.

  • Comment from daman

    With full regards towards the best hip hop producer ever but something is bugging me about this list and thats Ice cube in the top 25 the beats in that albums are realy washed out and his rhymes are lacking creativity but somehow to primo is ok i think kanye is way more creaitive then cube to not be in this list.
    He puts hip hop in a entirily bigger lvl and i think that album its dope ice cube obviosly lacks creaitivity and originality he sais he is 2 weast coast but the beats are 2 dirty south.

  • Comment from jns

    Taste is taste, and to each his own.

    But Kanye not being in Top 25 is just hating.
    That album will be remembered in 10 years, a lot of albums on that list wont.

  • Comment from mate

    yeeee Sir Lucious Left Foot… The Son Of Chico Dusty by Big Boi is very dope … peace

  • Comment from Hot Line 666

    You know what???
    Dj Premier makes dope beats.
    But for real? This is list is an insult.
    Hes is on pro level of producing, but for real??
    Nice sound library in your head, but the hip hop i learned there is no mix between Gucci mane and Raekwon for example.
    Drake’s album sould like some R Kelly type of shit.
    And Rick Ross.. who dat nigga? came from where???? a fuck that.
    Please Support Talented Indie rap music DJ PREMIER!

  • Comment from gas mask

    There are better lists of 2010. As much as I love Little Brother, they do not deserve to be in that list. Drake is cheesy and shouldn’t be on there as well. However the most important releases are on that list: Gas Mask and Nineteen Nine Now. But then again it is a shame that he didn’t pick Vinnie!

  • Comment from Jaz

    D-Cash..”this man has been one of the only people keeping REAL Hip Hop alive while y’all stayed buying wack shit and bigging up wack artists”

    Haha just like Premo with Drake, Lil Wayne and other wackness.

    Real Hip Hop?, not to me

  • Comment from digginloops


  • Comment from fortydogg

    yall dont like premo’s list than make ya own instead of cryin like little bitches , most of these would have made mine but not wack ass drake the fake da stupid rich boy actor from canada who trys to talk and act like hes from here in the united states. yall can have wack ass b.o.b. will send him to canada 2

  • Comment from bigjohn

    I love DJ Premier. To me, he is a genius and the best hip-hop producer of all time (if not tied with Dr. Dre). The list made me aware of some amazing albums I had never heard of. Most of the rap I listen to is easily accessible or what would be defined as commercial rap. Celph Titled’s “Nineteen Ninety Now”, Roc Marciano’s “Marberg” and Strong Arm Steady’s “In Search Of Stoney Jackson” are must buy albums and some of the best hip-hop I have heard in a while. Thank you DJ Premier for giving big props to some artists and works of art that don’t get the attention due to misguided big corporate label marketing.

    However, I am soooooooo stunned to not see “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” on that list. That album is beyond words I can describe, in my view. You really weren’t feeling it? Big Boi’s “Sir Lucious Left Foot” isn’t that dope? “Teflon Don” is better? I don’t mean any disrespect to you or anyone that feels this way, and I appreciate your unique view, but help me understand. Why? I am not getting it. The list almost loses some credibility without having those albums on there. That would have been the case if it wasn’t coming from someone who’s taste, knowledge of hip-hop, and love for the art is way beyond mine. Just felt the need to express myself. Peace and one love to all.

    And Drake is one of the freshest to come out in a while. He ain’t real hip-hop.??? He is wack? Please

  • Comment from Biggie Jiggy

    I agree with the above post. Kanye and Big Boi were easily the top two albums of the year. Even though Kanye did not accept your beat for his album I think you DJ premier should have put him on the list.
    Decent list

  • Comment from Johnny Hardcore

    hahaha…first off, Celph Titled and Buckwild’s album is hands down the best of the year. The beats and cuts are just as good and sometimes better then Premo in his prime(which he currently is not in). And Celph’s rhymes,style,tone,voice,flow,etc is just as flavor(and way more humors with the exception of Jay)as anyone Premo’s worked with on a permanent basis.

    Secondly, the next best album of the year is Kanye.Premo doesn’t feel that way. I say fair enough, but to leave him off the list is just plain old jealously.Maybe he’s still salty about Common’s line “my daughter found nemo, I found a new premo”

  • Comment from werrrrrddd

    whys everyone debating on his top 25 list? im glad he takes his time to do this, and by the looks of things his spending alot of time to make the list. just be happy hes making a list.
    and yes preemo is like a god when it comes to producing, but at the end of the day it was his opinion, which would differ from mine, but thats the beauty of it. i havent heard of rick ross’s album he mentioned in the list or strong arm steady’s so ima check it out to see whats there that made preemo dig it,

    just respect his opinion, and i dont see many other producers doin the same thing, rza, easy moe, and so on

  • Comment from Benny

    There’s a very dope album missing, considered by many as one of the best of 2011: Rashad & Confidence “The Element Of Surprise”. Still the #1 top seller at UGHH… only positive feedback so far all over the internet!

  • Comment from Mike94

    Glad he had Gas Mask by The Left in the list but are you really gunna tell me Rick Ross,Fat Joe Darkside vol 1 (even though I love that album) AND DRAKE have better albums then THE FUCKING GAS MASK. helllllll no, If that album dropped in 94, i guaruntee you everyone would be saying that its a classic, one of the best of all time. that album should easily be number 1, apollo brown is one of the illest producers ive ever heard and to me tops J.dilla no disrespect, and journalist 103 is crazy lyrical and delivers on every track.

  • Comment from MAGNUS

    Drake needs to be off this list :(

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