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07.07.06 08:42 PM

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According to my profile, the above image represents the albums I've most listened to tracks from since joining the service on Dec. 19, 2005. This image chart denotes music listened to on iTunes at both home and work and synched from my iPod. Here's the rundown on how those albums got to be the top 10.

Lil Wayne - The Carter II
I wasn't typically a fan of Lil Wayne, the Hot Boys, or Cash Money for that matter. Then I started listening to Lil Wayne mixtapes and his verses on other artist's tracks and I realized that he had really grown as an artist...especially during the period where he somewhat mimicked Jay-Z's style. And then I heard "Hustler Muzik" and decided to give The Carter II a true listen. I ended up listening to that track every day. Lyrically, he kills it on that track. "Shooter" featuring Thicke is another standout track for me from this album. Overall, it's a cohesive set with introspective topical matter. Besides, sonically this is a soul-stirring offering.

Aaliyah - I Care 4 U
Often I wonder where Aaliyah's career would be today had she lived. Where would she stand amongst the Cassie's, Cheri Dennis's, Shareefa's, Black Buddafly, Yummy Bingham's, and Megan Rochell's of the new music industry. Personally I think she'd still be standing. Many of her tracks have become timeless, and can we just say that "I Care 4 U," is one of the best lovemaking songs of the past 4 years.

Jaheim - Ghetto Love
Let's start off by admitting that contemporary R&B is not one of my favorite musical genres. Most of the time that I want to hear R&B I pull from the classics (circa 70s). Yet when Jaheim stepped on the scene there was something about his voice and swagger that interested me. "Just In Case," was of course the first track that caught my attention, though it was modeled after other male R&B artists who came out around the same time. "Could It Be," quickly became my next best-loved track on the album. The best way to explain my appreciation of Jaheim is that I like rough and smooth all-in-one package.

Jaheim - Still Ghetto
Interestingly, since I'm not the biggest R&B fan, especially not of complete albums (unless, of course, it's Mary J. Blige), that Jaheim ends up in my top ten more than once. On Still Ghetto my favorite track is "Beauty And Thug" featuring none other than Mary J. Blige. It's R&B for the hip-hop fan. "Diamond in da Ruff" and "Long As I Live" are also reasons this album ends up in my top ten.

Rahsaan Patterson - After Hours
There's a funny story about this album and me on Music artist Ramel Warren (myspace page) who goes by the name of kwame06 on noticed that I was listening to Rahsaan's music and proceeded to ask me what my favorite track was. When he named "The One For Me," as his favorite, I claimed that I never heard of it. So he sent me this album. Funny thing is I already had the album, in fact I have both After Hours and Rahsaan Patterson and am only missing Love In Stereo. I remember the first time I heard Rahsaan. It was a record release party for his first album and I took qool dj marv with me. Gordon Chambers was there and this was back in his Essence days. I liked that Rahsaan had that "old soul" sound. Now "The One For Me," as well as "Burnin'," "Forever Yours," and "Yeah Yeah Yeah" are some of my favorite tracks.

Common - Be
This was one of the best rap albums of 2005. Unfortunately it got overshadowed by Late Registration, and personally I feel that Be is a more grown and sexy sound. Though I was also a fan of Like Water for Chocolate, which I know many people weren't, Be proved how complex and sophisticated a lyricist that Common is. Favorite tracks: "Testify" (especially love the video with Taraji), "Go," "Faithful (featuring Bilal and John Legend)."

Jaheim - Ghetto Classics
Jaheim makes the top ten for the third time. To be quite honest, I didn't even realize that I listened to him that much. (But we must also consider the fact that doesn't have a lot of the album art for the music I listen to.) Ghetto Classics is not as great as the first two, but "Fiend (featuring Styles P)," and "Everytime I Think About Her (featuring Jadakiss)" are decent.

Roy Ayers Ubiquity - Everybody Loves The Sunshine
Roy Ayers, like James Brown and Parliment Funkadelic, is probably one of the most sampled artists. This album has been a major influence on spoken word artists, rappers, and R&B singers. When Roy is on the vibraphones on songs like "The Third Eye" and "The Golden Rod" it's simply bone-chilling. (I mean that in a good way). From beginning to end, this album is a classic. I can't think of one song on this set that I don't like.

Busta Rhymes - The Big Bang
I don't even think I have to explain this one...all I have to do is name the tracks. (In order of preference of course.)
In The Ghetto (featuring Rick James)
Get You Some (featuring Q-Tip and Marsha of Floetry)
New York Shit
Get Down
Let's just say I'm really feeling most of this album. Sometimes it's just the beat, sometimes it's just Bussa Bus's flow, and other times it's his lyrics.

Sade - Lovers Rock
This is basically the holdover waiting for her to return. I don't think there's been a Sade album that I haven't liked so it's really no need for me to go into a long explanation as to why this album ended up in the top ten.

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