2006 so far, very tentatively

1. Remy Ma - There's Something About Remy
2. DNA - True Crime: Harm City, Volume 5
3. Jaheim - Ghetto Classics
4. Dem Franchize Boyz - On Top Of Our Game
5. Ne-Yo - In My Own Words
6. Morningwood - Morningwood
7. B. Rich - Born Rich
8. Jamie Foxx - Unpredictable
9. The Sands - 9 song demo
10. YoungBloodZ - Ev'rybody Know Me

1. T.I. - "What You Know"
2. Jamie Foxx f/ Ludacris - "Unpredictable"
3. All-American Rejects - "Move Along"
4. Remy Ma - "Conceited"
5. Lil Wayne - "Hustler Musik"
6. Twista f/ Pitbull - "Hit The Floor"
7. Beyonce f/ Slim Thug and Bun B - "Check On It"
8. Prince - "Black Sweat"
9. Ghostface f/ Ne-Yo - "Like That"
10. Foo Fighters - "No Way Back"
11. Daddy Yankee - "Rompe"
12. Lil Kim - "Woah"
13. DJ Khaled f/ Paul Wall, Lil Wayne, Fat Joe, Rick Ross and Pitbull - "Holla At Me Baby"
14. Ne-Yo - "So Sick"
15. Pussycat Dolls f/ Will.I.Am - "Beep"
16. Consequence f/ Kanye West - "The Good, The Bad and the Ugly"
17. Ludacris, Trick Daddy and Luke - "Throw Da D '06"
18. Click Five - "Catch Your Wave"
19. Ray Cash f/ Scarface - "Bumpin' My Music"
20. Three 6 Mafia - "Poppin' My Collar"
21. Morningwood - "Nth Degree"
22. Donnell Jones f/ Jermaine Dupri - "Better Start Talking"
23. Shawnna - "Gettin' Some"
24. Juvenile - "Get Your Hustle On"
25. LL Cool J f/ Freeway - "Whatcha Want"
26. Pink - "Stupid Girls"
27. Kanye West f/ Lupe Fiasco - "Touch The Sky"
28. Don Omar f/ Fabolous and Swizz Beatz - "Dale, Don, Dale" (remix)
29. Pitbull f/ Pretty Ricky - "Everybody Get Up"
30. Lil Jon & The Eastside Boyz f/ E-40 and Sean Paul - "Snap Ya Fingers"
31. Dem Franchize Boyz - "Lean Wit It, Rock Wit It"
32. Heather Headley - "In My Mind"
33. Dilated Peoples - "Back Again"
34. E-40 f/ Keak Da Sneak - "Tell Me When To Go"
35. KT Tunstall - "Black Horse And The Cherry Tree"
36. Nelly f/ Paul Wall, Ali and Gipp - "Grillz"
37. Rhymefest f/ Kanye West - "Brand New"
38. Mary J. Blige - "Be Without You"
39. Imogen Heap - "Hide And Seek"
40. Chris Brown - "Yo (Excuse Me Miss)"
41. Christina Milian f/ Young Jeezy - "Say I"
42. The Fray - "Over My Head (Cable Car)"
43. Pharrell Williams - "Angel"
44. Busta Rhymes f/ Mary J. Blige, Missy Elliott and Rah Digga - "Touch It (Remix)"
45. Mary J. Blige - "Take Me As I Am"
46. Kirk Franklin - "Looking For You"
47. Jagged Edge - "Good Luck Charm"
48. Blue Da Vinci f/ Fabolous and Young Jeezy - "Streets On Lock"
49. Sean Paul - "Temperature"
50. Gwen Stefani f/ Ludacris - "Luxurious" (Zone 4 Remix) (mp3)

I just barely decided to count the "Luxurious" remix, since it's apparently a few months old, but 92Q's been playing it heavily lately. And I like it a lot, especially considering I've disliked all of Stefani's solo singles except "Cool" (and, ugh, "Crash" is amazingly by far the worst yet). It's a total improvement on the original, replacing the poorly employed Biggie/Isley sample with gorgeous strings and a Miami bass-ish beat, switching out the sluggish Slim Thug verse for Ludacris rapping through weird vocal effects, and ditching the horrible "chi-ching" bridge for the "if you ain't got no money take your broke ass home" chant. The complete change of context even makes me like the melody and tolerate her Olive Oyl vocal timbre.

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remy ma? really?
Interesting. You can count the indie rock entries on one hand, and most of them have debatable "indieness" anyway. Has your taste in music changed that much, or do you just think indie rock sucks right now? I'm not saying that I have the 411 on all this great shit that you're missing, but I'm just curious.

Also, I have to be honest with you: "Grillz" MIGHT have been the worst song ever recorded, were it not for the line "I got more bills in my mouth than Hillary Rodham." I'm paraphrasing there. :-)

Remy's definitely #1 by default. saying something is the best album I've heard in the 2 months isn't really high praise anyway, this list is just kind of a placeholder/update.

the lack of rock/indie is more a circumstance of what's come out so far this year than anything else. there's definitely a few rock albums coming out soon that I'm looking forward to (hopefully I'll be getting the Jon Auer promo soon) but not really any in the 1st quarter. most of the stuff in the albums list is okay-to-mediocre hip hop I've reviewed or am going to review because I like to write about that stuff, when it's good and when it's bad. I've bought a lot of rock CDs lately, but they've been mostly old albums (Little Feat, Ruth Ruth, Apollo Sunshine, Springsteen) and greatest hits comps (Joan Jett, The Who, Willie Nelson, The Cars, Tim Buckley). besides, while I still like a lot of rock music being made these days, I hate most indie, at least the Pitchfork zeitgeist stuff.
btw, I was only referring to the albums list re: the indie/not indie thing, the singles list is a whole different bag because I generally only include stuff I've actually heard on the radio/MTV, so no token singles by indie bands that I wouldn't have heard if I didn't own the album.
and that line from "Grillz" you quoted is a pretty lame punchline, and it would make more sense if he said Monica instead of Hillary anyway.
By far the best part of Grillz, is when Gipp makes it clear he only jumped on the track to declare he was the first with his mouth bright white. he was wearing a grill in that goodie mob video from 95 about people looking in their windows bloaw nobody now. he really was the first.
I still find it hard to believe that remy ma album is any good. i didn't even like "yeah yeah yeah"
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