So…amidst countless singles, random videos, our own mixes and a million other things to do with music that penetrate our brains on a daily basis, it seems like album wise ’09 has started just fine. Here’s just a selection of the long-players that have stayed in rotation so far in some sort of rough order of priority (even though Davey would probably have T-Rock at the top!) plus, of course, a choice cut from each:


– Will we ever like this as much as ‘Love/Hate’? Amazingly we probably will.

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‘Put It Down’ – The Dream


– R-Les for Pres. A simple, classy album with grooves for days. There’s not a thing wrong with that.

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‘I.R.I.N.A.’ – Ryan Leslie


– Aye! Okay?

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’50 Bricks’ – OJ Da Juiceman


– The opening salvo on this album is so intense you need to pause it after about track 4 just to be able to take it all in. Here’s a smoother joint:

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‘Superthrowed’ – T-Rock feat. Yung Hazardus


– Don’t be fooled into thinking this is just a mixtape – it plays like an album – and a great one at that.

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‘Grind It Out’ – G-Mane


– It’s great to have just one more collection of good old country rap tunes. R.I.P. Pimp C.

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‘The Pimp and the Bun’ – UGK feat. Ron Isley


– The title of this album says it all and props to Pat for still killing it in 2009.

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‘Gold Teeth’ – Project Pat

Let’s see what the second quarter has to offer now…