The Year In Hip-Hop: 2005

The year 2005. An interesting year in general, but for hip hop, it might have been the last great year we had overall. Once again, we gathered up the team to discuss a great year in hip hop. Let's get into the discussion on 2005.

2005 brought us some great albums. Like, really great albums. Classics dawg. All the 90's type shit was over, as dance hip hop music had become more popular by that year, and new producers and production sounds were taking over. Here are the most important albums of the year.

The Documentary
The Massacre
Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101 (only said this because it was successful, however fuck Jeezy, FREE GUWOP #1017)
Late Registration
Tha Carter II

2005 sucked.

I'm kidding. While it was a weird year personally (maybe I'll tell you about the rest of it one day, since it all didn't involve Treeka Madness), musically? It was a great year. I mean, aside from Yayo's album (sorry guys. Tony was and is the weak link in G-Unit), there were so many classics. If Kanye would've retired after LR, no one should've been mad (I mean, off that album, Lupe became a household name and Ye is STILL eating off of "Golddigger" residuals. Oh, and the album was classic). That's how perfect that album was, from top to bottom. Aside from MBDTF, it's my favorite Ye album.

Juelz and Cam'Ron(Purple Haze was late 2004, so I count it) dropped classics which put Dipset on the map to the point where Dipset's weed carriers had weed carriers--and they all managed to put out at least one dope song. Dipset was a movement, an army. They even managed to, off the strength they'd built up over the 2003-2005 run ALONE, let Killa Cam go up against Jay...and kind of win, to a degree. I say kind of because... yeah.

We got The Game dropping his debut which, even with it being a namedrop a minute, was a classic mainstream debut. Before Kendrick dropped GKMC, you could argue that The Game really DID save the West Coast,  since that album was one of the few West albums from the past 10-15 years that was able to cross over nation--and world--wide.

Lil' Wayne, Bun B, and The Ying Yang Twins, among others, we're holding things down for the south. Bun B's album helped solidify him as a solo artist as well as a UGK. Meanwhile, Weezy had one of the most influential albums of the era. Luda continued his crossover to be both a film and music star. Hell, even Bow Wow and them started to step their bars up.

All in all, if you slept on 2005, this is SOTB!!! telling you to wake your ass all the way up. Get and stay woke.

2005 was a big year for me in terms of hip hop's influence on my life. I think it was then that I really began to expand the variety of artists that I listened to. Thinking of hip-hop in that year, a few projects instantly come to mind. Nujabes released Modal Soul, which solidified his status as one of the best and most underrated international producers around. Little Brother blessed us with The Minstrel Show, which truly showcased 9th Wonder's production, something The Listening didn't really do. Kanye put out a classic in Late Registration (my personal Ye favorite) and along with College Dropout and Graduation, this album symbolizes what people mean when they say they "miss the old Kanye". Common did the same by releasing BE, one of the best albums from an artist who has one of the BEST discographies in music. Finally, who could forget G-Unit's amazing run of commercial success? It continued through 2005 with 50 Cent's The Massacre, Tony Yayo's Thoughts of a Predicate Felon and The Game's The Documentary, eventually totaling millions of sales both in the US and internationally. It was truly a great year for hip-hop. One of the best? Maybe. I think so.

Young Jeezy. Missy. Common. Kanye. Lil Wayne. Twista. I'd say 2005 was a solid year for hip hop. There was enough room for everyone to do his/her own thing and the people enjoyed it. The Ying Yang Twins even made sure the crunk era lasted a bit longer with their project.

Common's album, BE, is listed as one of my favorites from him. Whenever I hear "On the count of 3, everybody run back to your fantasy", I'm put in a good place. Common wasn't the average artist of that time. He was on more of a neo soul groove and that was absolutely dope to me.

That album had production from Kanye West, who also released his own project, Late Registration. Listeners were even more exposed to Kanye's story-telling ability. Many people remember this album for the single "Gold Digger" with Jamie Foxx. But I'm more a fan of "Heard Em Say" with Adam Levine as a contributing writer.

50 Cent also released his sophomore album, The Massacre. Even though it received a Grammy nomination, Mr. West walked away with the prize. I think The Massacre wasn't as rugged as his debut album. Singer Olivia had a few features which showed off a more smooth Curtis Jackson. 50 did, however, have one of my favorite songs on that album called "Hate It or Love It." The Game originally had it recorded for his own album (released earlier that year) but the G-Unit remix appeared on The Massacre.

Overall 2005 was a decent year for hip hop. Even Will Smith put out new material. There were plenty of other artists that showcased their craft and it was an amazing thing to experience.

2005 was a big year for me personally. I loved that year for the ups and downs personally and musically there were some classics that stuck with me forever. Common's BE is easily one of the best albums of this year, as he combined with Kanye and Dilla to make a flawless album. It really was one of the most complete albums in hip hop of the 2000s. Another classic in the catalog of Common and a true showing of great chemistry for Kanye and Common. Speaking of which, Kanye released his best album Late Registration this year. Production and song wise, Late Registration is one of my all time favorite albums. It's a beautiful journey and voyage musically.

The Game released The Documentary, 50 released The Massacre, and of course that debut Young Jeezy album was definitely a big moment, as well as Lil Wayne with Tha Carter 2, but the album that made my 2005 is hands down Little Brother's the Minstrel Show. If you've never heard this album, you are sleeping. It is a top 5 personal album for me, and one of the biggest moments of the year. Flawless production by 9th Wonder and Phonte has some of my all time favorite verses on there. This is a go to album for me always and my favorite of the year. The Minstrel Show, BE, Late Registration are three of the best releases from the 2000s and they all came in 2005. I think that sums up the type of year 2005 was without a doubt.

What's your memory of 2005 in hip hop? Post your comments below.



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