1. The Rap Records by Freddy Fresh (2nd Edition Revised)
The first edition alone was pretty exhaustive, this one surpasses that by miles. Only a true fanatic can put a book like this together. It's the most comprehensive guide I have EVER seen on rap 12"s.
3. Miles Davis - Kind Of Blue 50th Anniversary box set (Sony Legacy)
Tons of bonus tracks, 60 page hardcover book, a poster, photos, a dvd, not enough? Let's press up a vinyl copy of the original record too and include that....THIS is why I still buy re-issues!
4. Esoteric vs. Japan: Pterodactyl Takes Tokyo! (Fly Casual Creative)
Esoteric (of 7L & Esoteric) has only been producing steadily maybe the last two years and has easily become one of my favorite artists. This record also reminds me that rap can still be enjoyable and creative.
5. B-Boy Records: The Masterworks (B-Boy Records)
4 data discs of every record released on B-Boy Records, over 250 tracks! Over 19 hours of music, sick, sick!! Let's not forget they released the song "Strong Island" by JVC Force, one of my all time favorite songs!
6. VA: Coffee Break For Heroes & Villains Presents The War Of Roxanne (2008 WFMU Marathon Premium)
I'm plugging my own premium, so what, it's sooo damn good, why not! Peanut Butter Wolf freaked out over it and said something like "I've always wanted to do this, DAMN!". It's an mp3 disc of every Roxanne Roxanne answer track that I could track down. I think I got them all.
7. DJ Babu - Duck Season Vol. 3 (Dilated Junkie / Nature Sounds)
Not only is Babu one of the coolest dudes in hip-hop, one third of the Dilated Peoples, a member of the Beat Junkies, he also made one of the best producer albums of the year. The M.O.P. cut alone is already classic!
8. Siah & Yeshua - The Visualz Anthology (Head Bop Music / Traffic Entertainment)
Originally released in 1996 on Bobbito Garcia's Fondle 'Em label and only on vinyl. After it went out of print the record was fetching for over $150.00 and that's when I decided to track the group down and get it re-issued. It's really one of the best examples of NYC independent hip-hop from the mid 1990's. It took maybe two years to put this together but it finally came out in 2008 and is really one of my favorite releases of the year.
10. Ski-Beatz aka Ski on WFMU
This was probably one of the highlights for me doing this radio show. Ski-Beatz dropped by one night unannounced, I had no idea he was coming up. He was known as MC Will-Ski of The Bizzie Boyz (Droppin It 12" is one of rap's greatest records) back in the 1980's. Later on he became known as Ski-Beatz, producing classic cuts for Jay-Z, Camp Lo, AZ, Big Pun etc. The song Droppin It is another one of my all time favorites and I was so geeked out that he was there. Listen to the song and you will understand how great it is immediately! Archive here.