Hip-Hop: Year in Review 2010

Hip-Hop: Year in Review 2010
3. The Roots How I Got Over (Def Jam)
One of the best hip-hop records of 2010, the Roots' latest opus is truth in advertising. A masterful blending of mainstream cred (albeit via a crappy late night talk show) and the illadelph sensibilities the group is known for, How I Got Over is their best album this side of the new millennium. "Dear God 2.0" stands defiant, the introspective "The Fire" demands interpretation and best drum break of the year easily goes to "Doin' It Again." At a lean 42 minutes, the album is taut testament of how to overcome in this crazy FUBAR'ed world.
Ryan B. Patrick