Top 5’s | Single Artist/Producer Albums, Pt. III


Curren$y – The Carrollton Heist (2016)
Producer: Alchemist


With their first collaboration – Covert Coup (2011) – being so well received, it was no surprise that Curren$y and Alchemist linked up again for The Carrollton Heist. Despite the risk of tarnishing their accomplished work from their debut project, Spitta and Alc masterfully lived up to expectations with another impressive collection of tracks.

Smoke DZA – Don’t Smoke Rock (2016)
Producer: Pete Rock


Two different generations of Harlem Hip Hop came together to create an effective bridge entitled Don’t Smoke Rock. They blend their qualities together, with Pete Rock especially utilizing the nuances that made his projects with CL Smooth so compelling, such as individual track outros and interludes as well as contributing vocally too. Meanwhile, DZA ever-improving ability as an emcee is exhibited throughout.

SPZRKT (Xavier Omär) – Hours Spent Loving You (2015)
Producer: Sango


Both Xavier Omär and Sango greatly enhanced their reputations following the release of Hours Spent Loving You. The concise, seven-track EP was expertly crafted to show both artists’ talents and potential, with their strengths complementing each other’s.

Royce Da 5’9 – PRhyme (2014)
Producer: DJ Premier


Two of Hip Hop’s most respected artists joined forces for PRhyme – a project that forced Royce and DJ Premier to recapture the form that cemented their renowned status’ within the culture. Naturally, Royce’s lyrical strength was on full display and was only enhanced by Preemo’s work on the production, which included his legendary scratches and vocal sampled hooks.

Elzhi – The Preface (2008)
Producer: Black Milk


Some of Detroit’s finest were present for an album that proved that despite the unfortunate loss of J. Dilla, The D was still in good hands. The Preface brought together some of the most underrated artists within Hip Hop in Elzhi and Black Milk but provided an excellent platform for both to show their respective skills. Elzhi’s lyrical performance put him alongside some of the greatest in the underground scene, while Black Milk’s production was viewed as the closest sound to Dilla since his passing.


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