D.C.'s best hip-hop albums of 2010

Wednesday, December 22, 2010; 3:26 PM


"No Secrets"


No local rapper sounds hungrier when spitting out lyrics. His flow isn't the most precise and his rhymes aren't the most refined, but this 20-year-old more than makes up for it with an aggressive, authoritative delivery. Combined with the monstrous, club-ready beats provided by the Bass Headz, it's the most invigorating local release of the year.


"The Letterman"


Ade is the most effortlessly charismatic of the up-and-coming batch of DMV rappers, and nowhere is this more apparent than on "Hollywood (Remix)," where he stands tall next to A-listers Raekwon, Wale and Raheem DeVaughn. There's no need to depend on guest star power, though - Ade has a gift for crafting slick narratives that are equally clever, catchy and candid.


"Odd Spring"


The final installment in the local producer's year-long seasonal series is appropriately bright and breezy; check out the airy flute on "I'm From P.G." and the bubbly keyboards on "Anticipation." The prolific beatmaker largely sticks to '70s-inspired fare, making for a fun and funky outing.

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