2006 HipHopDX Awards
Emcee of the Year
The young Chicago native displayed a mind-bending set of skills that we rarely ever see. His brilliant narratives and concepts are delivered with flawless dexterity, a liquid flow and absolutely remarkable rhyme schemes. The scary things is, he is just getting started.
Readers Choice Emcee of the Year
Our loyal reader's have made up their minds and took the time to vote on their choice for the Emcee of the Year. What do you know? Lupe, again. There's no coincidence here people.
Verse of the Year
R.A. the Rugged Man on Jedi Mind Tricks Uncommon Valor from Servants in Heaven, Kings in Hell
RAs first person account of a Vietnam soldier during and after the war was not just incredible for his poignant storytelling on such a unique subject in hip-hop, but for his ridiculous delivery over the 2 plus minute verse. Download HERE.
Runners UpJay-Zs verse of The Prelude from Kingdom Come
Phontes verse on The Boondock Saints from DJ Dramas Separate but Equal
Lupe Fiascos 3rd verse on Hurt Me Soul from Food & Liquor
Produer of the Year
He may be best known as the frontman for the now corny hip-pop Black Eyed Peas, but will.i.ams production talents cannot be denied. He came into his own this year proving to be one of musics most versatile producers, lacing everything from soul ballads from John Legend to rock hard street anthems on both coasts for Nas and Game.
Runners UpJ. Dilla
Movie of the Year
Kazakhstans premier reporter delivered a full length feature every bit as side splitting his weekly skits on Da Ali G Show. Sacha Baron Cohens Borat traveled America, demanded gypsy tears, pursued a romance explosion on Pamela Anderson, escaped shape shifting Jews and won a naked wrestling match with a fat man.
Runners UpThe Departed
Non Hip-Hop Album of the Year
Gnarls Barkley - St. Elsewhere
Danger Mouse continued his genre-defying pop smashes alongside the equally quirky Cee-Lo Green. The surprise hit of the year made history with Crazy being a number one single on downloads alone and broke the first week numbers industry rule and actually sold more units as the weeks progressed. But fuck all that, the album was dope as hell.
Runners UpJ. Dilla - Donuts
John Legend - Once Again
John Mayer - Continuum
Worst Album of the Year
Dem Franchize Boyz - On Top of Our Game
Sadly there seems to be more and more candidates for this award every year. Im sure some 13 year old in his moms basement made a shittier album but no one with any sort of an audience made an album as pitiful as DFBz and their affinity for white tees.
Runners UpDiddy Press Play
Jibbs Featuring Jibbs
Pharrell In My Mind
Worst Trend of the Year
No matter what region it comes from, snap music is just a god awful trend that sucked a little more life out of hip-hops rotting corpse. Thankfully it seemed to be dying down by the end of the year, lets hope it continues the way of the dodo. One thing is for sure, calling that music, is a stretch.
Runners UpChicken Noodle Soup Dance
Spongebob Back Packs
Ghostride the Whip
Story of the Year
As the expression goes; the good die young. James J Dilla Yancey is not only regarded as one of hip-hops all time great producers, but an incredible human being. Dilla lost his fight with lupus, but true to form he was with his true love to the end; making beats from his hospital bed. R.I.P.
Runners UpJays comeback
Nas signing with Def Jam
Baby & Lil Wayne kissing
Album of the Year
Lupe Fiasco Food & Liquor
Whether or not you preferred the leaked version, the official Food & Liquor was still 2006s finest LP. Backed by production from The Neptunes, Kanye West and newcomers Soundtrakk and Prolyfic, Lupe delivered a classic debut for the ages.
Runners UpNas Hip Hop is Dead
Soul Position Thing Go Better With RJ & Al
Jay-Z Kingdom Come
Readers Choice Album of the Year
Nas Hip Hop is Dead
Once again, polling our loyal readers. We gave you the chance to vote for your choice of album of the year. Nasir Jones came out on top.
Runners UpLupe Fiasco Food & Liquor
The Game Doctors Advocate
Jay-Z Kingdom Come
10 The Hard Way
Youve got 10 songs to remember 2006 by, no sneaking in 11 or 12, just 10. What would you pick from the dozens of incredible songs made this year? The guns to our head, heres the picks:
Nas Black Republican f. Jay-Z
Gnarls Barkley Smiley Faces
Jay-Z Oh My God
Snoop Dogg Imagine f. Dr. Dre and DAngelo
Lupe Fiasco Hurt Me Soul
Ghostface Killah Be Easy
Soul Position Hand Me Downs
Outkast Hollywood Divorce f. Lil Wayne and Snoop Dogg
Hi-Tek Music For Life f. Nas, Common, J Dilla and Busta Rhymes
Killer Mike Thats Life
For a little more of what we liked, download the HipHopDX 60 of 06 iMix at the iTunes store. We only picked one song per album so some of the years best songs didnt make the cut in favor of a superior song on the album (see: Lupe - Daydreamin). And sadly, some of our favorite songs arent available on iTunes, such as AZs The Format or Killer Mikes aforementioned track. Were gonna be bringing yall monthly iMixes in 2007, so be on the lookout!
As good of a year 2006 was, you can't enjoy the happiness without the pain. We lost a number of great people this year. May you all rest in peace.