Kickmag’s 2008 Picks

Eric Benet-Love And Life images-3
The Milwaukee singer returns to some of the original sensuality that made him a standout with his debut True To Myself.

The Game-L.A.X. 3092471616_4087a716aa_m

West side homeboy continues the NWA tradition with multiple producers proving again that he acknowledges the influences of lyricists past but he is his own rapper.


Santogold-Santogold santogold

S.M.V.-Thunder smv

Three bass warriors duke it out in layers of virtuosity and fun.

Leon Ware-Moon Ride moonride

A mature almost ethereal soul trip with a master who penned Marvin Gaye’s I Want You and helped Maxwell with Urban Hang Suite.

Snoop Dogg- Ego Tripping snoopegotripping

More speaker funk from Snoop with notable appearances from Teddy Riley and a country song with Willie Nelson and Everlast.

N.E.R.D.-Seeing Sounds seeingsounds

Jackson Conti-Sujinho jacksonconti

Erykah Badu-New Amerykah newamerykah

State of Union Erykah style. Sa Ra and Madlib do the most commercially successful boho good.

Musiq Soulchild- OnMyRadio
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Musiq maintains his part of the Philly soul lifeline. A decent radio cut with Mary J., his usual channeling of Stevie Wonder and more undiluted devotion.