Kickmag’s 2010 Picks



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

1. The Roots How I Got Over


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

2. Nas and Damian Marley Distant Relatives


Best R&B debut of the year.

3. Avery Sunshine


Natalie Stewart’s sensual solo piece is a keeper.

4. The Floacist The Floacist Presents Floetic Soul


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

5. Faith Evans Something About Faith


The better end of commercial rap.

6. Rick Ross Teflon Don


The dynamic duo once again.

7. Reflection Eternal Revolutions Per Minute


The producer/rapper continues to push himself.

8. Kanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy


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

9. Dirty Money Last Train To Paris


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

10. Cee-Lo Green The Lady Killer


A real comeback from a classic singer.

11. El DeBarge Second Chance


A return to soul and harder beats a la Subject.

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


Afro-Futurist R&B rock star.

13. Janelle Monae The ArchAndroid


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

14. Rah Digga Classic