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Top 10 New Rap Albums for November 2010

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An experimental rap-rock trio from the future, a Chicago MC with a penchant for tongue-twisting, and a female rapper with a mild case of multiple personality disorder. A salmagundi of new hip-hop albums for every taste bud, including sweet and, down in pipes, bitter.

10. Soulja Boy - 'The DeAndre Way'

Soulja Boy will release his oft-delayed third disc along with a novel, Teenage Millionaire. While his wishlist includes collaborations with Eminem and Jay-Z, he'll have to settle for Justin Bieber and Chris Brown for now.

Guests: 50 Cent, Chris Brown, Justin Bieber, Trey Songz
Release Date: November 30, 2010

9. Madlib - 'Black Soul'

You really can't resist the temptation of checking for Madlib's Medicine Show every month. He's that good, that versatile. No. 10 digs deep and emerges with an assortment of 60s and 70s soul and funk we've come to love Madlib for.

Release Date: October 26, 2010

8. Nelly - 'Nelly 5.0'

Nelly spent much of the summer with his salesman hat on, as he went about hawking his celebrity workout DVD. So, you may be forgiven for forgetting that he was once a rapper. Expect him to get back to his melodic sing-song steez this fall, with the upcoming release of Nelly 5.0.

Guests: Diddy, Kelly Rowland, T.I., T-Pain
Release Date: November 16, 2010

 

7. Jay-Z - 'The Hits Collection Volume One'

Jay-Z's greatest hits of the last decade one disc. It's hard to imagine there's a Jay-Z fan that doesn't already own all these songs in some form. Still, it may come in handy for those days when you're in the mood for non-stop Jay-Z goodness.

Guests: UGK, Alicia Keys, Pharrell Williams
Release Date: November 22, 2010

 

6. Twista - 'The Perfect Storm'

The one where Twista plans the perfect end-time boinking, makes a sex tape, and brags about his ability to rhyme fast. Same song, different dance.

Guests: Waka Flocka Flame, Chris Brown, Yo Gotti, Ray J
Release Date: November 9, 2010

5. Curren$y - 'Pilot Talk II'

You say, hey, emo rap isn't my thing. How about kush-inspired space rap? By a 28-year old mixtape merchant? Delivered atop beats by Ski and Dr. Dre? Oh, did that catch your attention? Welcome to Pilot Talk II, prepare for takeoff.

Guests: Erykah Badu, Jay Electronica, Lloyd Banks, Raekwon, Camp Lo
Release Date: November 22, 2010

4. N.E.R.D. - 'Nothing'

In which Pharrell, Chad, and Shay slow the groove and take us to church. Shored up by outside production from Daft Punk and more R&B sounds than ever, N.E.R.D. attempt to keep the party going on their fourth album, Nothing.

Guests: T.I., Nelly Furtado, Daft Punk
Release Date: November 2, 2010

3. Kid Cudi - 'Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager'

If you thought Man on the Moon was an experiment in melancholic expression, wait till you hear Man on the Moon II. Cudi's sophomore effort is beautifully depressing. You've been warned.

Guests: Kanye West, Cee-Lo, Mary J Blige
Release Date: November 9, 2010

2. Nicki Minaj - 'Pink Friday'

After a year of non-stop promotion, the First Lady of Young Money is finally ready for her close-up. Pink Friday is rich in the passion, energy, and playful raps that helped make Nicki the most exciting female rapper in years. Watch out, she'll attempt to seduce you with a myriad of voice impersonations.

Guests: Eminem, Drake, Kanye West, will.i.am
Release Date: November 22, 2010

1. Kanye West - 'My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy'

Kanye's eagerly awaited 5th album is finally on its way. After bouncing a few ideas around, Kanye settled on the title My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, which one reader likened to the title of a teenage girl's diaries. Expect a return to soul samples, auto-tuned hooks, and pure emceeing.

Guests: Jay-Z, Kid Cudi, Raekwon, Beyonce
Release Date: November 22, 2010

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