Kickmag’s 2010 Picks

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Hip-hop taken into the realms of soul and rock to create something different.

1. The Roots How I Got Over

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Sons of Olu Dara and Bob reach a common ground with an Afro-Diasporic sensibility.

2. Nas and Damian Marley Distant Relatives

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Best R&B debut of the year.

3. Avery Sunshine

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Natalie Stewart’s sensual solo piece is a keeper.

4. The Floacist The Floacist Presents Floetic Soul

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A mighty return from one of the most underrated artists in the industry.

5. Faith Evans Something About Faith

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The better end of commercial rap.

6. Rick Ross Teflon Don

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The dynamic duo once again.

7. Reflection Eternal Revolutions Per Minute

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The producer/rapper continues to push himself.

8. Kanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

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Three chocolate souls embarking on a dance music trip fused with hip-hop and pop.

9. Dirty Money Last Train To Paris

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Artistic honesty bred a hit and good full-length collection.

10. Cee-Lo Green The Lady Killer

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A real comeback from a classic singer.

11. El DeBarge Second Chance

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A return to soul and harder beats a la Subject.

12. Dwele W.ants W.orld W.omen

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Afro-Futurist R&B rock star.

13. Janelle Monae The ArchAndroid

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A reminder of when the female emcee was just an emcee.

14. Rah Digga Classic

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