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Kim Zolciak Shows Off Her Growing Baby Bump – PopEater

Kim Zolciak Shows Off Her Growing Baby Bump   PopEater

Kim Zolciak Shows Off Her Growing Baby Bump   PopEaterKim Zolciak rang in the New Year wearing a tight black sequined dress that really showed off her growing baby belly.

‘The Real Housewives of Atlanta’ star, who is expecting a baby with boyfriend Kroy Biermann, didn’t miss a beat at Bravo’s ‘Watch What Happens Live: Andy’s New Year’s Eve Party,’ as she gave a live performance of her hit ‘Tardy for the Party.’

Ex-‘Housewives’ star Dina Manzo gushed about Zolciak’s pregnancy following the performance.

“Kim’s so great with that little baby belly. She’s thrilled!” the former ‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’ star tells PopEater, adding she teased Zolciak afterward about her form-fitting dress.

“I joked with Kim, ‘How’s that baby breathing?'”

Even Zolciak lamented her clothing choice on Twitter. “Omg this dress is tight! I went from a mover & a shaker to a mummy!” she tweeted.

She has been dating Biermann, a defensive end for the Atlanta Falcons, since May. Life & Style magazine reported exclusively in November that the couple was expecting.

“I was surprised! While it wasn’t planned, God clearly has a bigger and better plan for us and we’re excited,” she told the magazine. “I’m the happiest I’ve ever been.”

Zolciak has two daughters, ages 13 and 9, from a previous marriage.

Source: Kim Zolciak Shows Off Her Growing Baby Bump – PopEater

The Top 40: AllHipHop’s Best Albums Of 2010 – AllHipHop


The Top 40: AllHipHops Best Albums Of 2010   AllHipHop

Hip-Hop in 2010.

 

Real talk, if you didn’t find what you were looking for in
Hip-Hop during the course of 2010, then that’s your fault. Some where easy to
locate and others required some digging, but everything was present. Hardcore,
pop, girl rap, thug rap, old school, new school, creative, typical, lyrical,
mystical, visual…it was close to being a Hip-Hop miracle. Renaissance certainly comes to mind. Even though the
overall Hip-Hip community couldn’t seem to agree on what was what, the
AllHipHop Team got together and hammered out the Top 40 Albums of 2010. It wasn’t
easy and we didn’t agree all the time, but the list got finished. Here it is.

 

Compiled and written by THE BORG: Gina Torres, Chuck “Jigsaw” Creekmur,
Steve Raze, Seandra Sims, Jake Crates and “Grouchy” Greg Watkins.

The list is in no particular order…or is it…

#1 Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

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Kanye West did it all this year, love it or loathe it. The rapper prevailed as the most rebellious, creative and exciting artist of the year. Simply put, while others were doing the norm, Kanye simply didn’t give a f**k – about anything but the art of his music. There was a lot of hullabaloo from so-called real HIp-Hop fans, but Kanye’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy embodied everything that Hip-Hop is. A lovely nightmare to America.

#2 J. Cole – Friday Night Lights

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Of all those in the emerging brave, new generation, J. Cole is the one that has yet to have his day. Friday Night Lights, although technically a mixtape, is a gleaming example of what the North Carolinian emcee weilds in his pen. The opus offered commercial love joints with Drake and also hood rites of passage like “2Face.” Definitely one of the most enjoyable albums, which should continue to give well into 2011.

#3 Big Boi – Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty

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This year Big Boi jumped out on his own and released his long awaited debut solo project. Despite the delayed release due to conflicts with Jive, the project debuted on the US Billboard 200, selling over 62,000 copies in its first week of its release. Delivering greasy lyrics, using varied and rapid rhyme schemes , Big Boi didn’t fail to impress with this project. The ATLein featured classic funky Outkast production and appearances by Andre 3000, Scott Storch, T.I. Sleepy Brown, Yelawolf, Gucci Mane, Jaime Foxx, Janelle Monae, George Clinton, Too Short and B.o.B. to name a few but, one can only wonder when the next Outkast project will be coming out.

# 4 – Rick Ross – Teflon Don 

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Rick Ross solidified
his star status in 2010.  With the release of his fourth studio
album, Teflon Don, arguably one of the best albums of the year, Ross continues to raise the stakes in Hip-Hop.   His summer banger, “BMF,” dominated the airwaves and had everyone from your mama to your baby cousin thinking they were Big Meech or Larry Hoover.  For someone who starts his album off with the track “I’m Not a Star”, Ross is indeed the polar opposite.   
 

#5 Big K.R.I.T. – K.R.I.T. Wuz Here

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Southern rapper/producer Big K.R.I.T. is making a name for himself the old-fashioned way – one underground fan at a time. Deemed the “Mississippi Messiah” in a recent AllHipHop story for his savior-of-Hip-Hop skills, his independent K.R.I.T. Wuz Here was one of the prolific, must-have street albums of 2010. Soulful, clever-heavy tracks like “Children of the World” and the Adele-sampled “Hometown Hero” helped earn him a Def Jam deal this past summer. And with his first major CD on the horizon, the young K.R.I.T. is certain to be a force to reckon with in 2011. 

#6 The Roots –How I Got Over

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While also working as Jimmy Fallon’s house band, The Roots didn’t show any signs of fatigue from work on the late night gig and put together their 9th studio album, full of Philly soul, jazz and hip hop. Never failing to make the listener think, Black Thought is accompanied by Dice Raw, Porn, S.T.S, Phonte, Blue, John Legend and others throughout the project. Highlights of the album include “The Fire”, “Dear God 2.0”, the title track “How I Got Over” and “Right On” featuring Joanna Newson and S.T.S.

#7 Eminem – Recovery

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There is good pop music and there is corny pop music. Eminem creates the good kind of pop, you know, the kind that sells three million units when others are pushing cardboard. But, the greatness of Recovery doesn’t lie in the SoundScan. The album is a true recovery for one of Hip-Hop’s most profound lyricists, who by his own admission, gave the public subpar material previously. We didn’t find a man acting out a parody of himself in Recovery. In 2010, we found a maturing Marshall Mathers that, even with a pop sensibility, can murderlize your favorite MC.

#8 Ghostface Killah – Apollo Kids

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Lyrics – CHECK! Beats – CHECK! Ghostface Killah’s Apollo Kids barely made it in this annual rundown (released in December),but what a fitting way to finish off 2010. “Starkology” and “In tha Park” are straight-up hood. “Black Tequila” weaves a lucid tale unseen in today’s climate. “Purified Thoughts” offers wisdom with assists from GZA and Masta Killah Priest. Hip-Hop purists, this one is for you. Raekwon, Meth and Redman join Tony Starks in this voyage back to the future.

# 9 Nas & Damian Marley – Distant Relatives

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Throw your preconceived notions of Rap & Reggae collaborations out the window, this album is like a whole new genre of music. The lyrical Nas along with the unorthodox Damian Marley Reggae/Rap style, this album was put together for the love of music and people. “As We Enter” hit radio hard, but this album had strong inspiration songs like “Strong Will Continue” and straight spit track like “Na Mean.” This album has music for the music lover as well as the Hip-Hop lover. Nas told AllHipHop.com “If the s**t is right and you feel good about it, let that s**t out,” and this album feels right.

# 10 – Drake – Thank Me Later 

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GQ man of the year, a number one, platinum
selling debut album (Thank Me Later), countless scene stealing feature appearances, an electrifying Grammy performance and a fling with Rihanna, make Drakeone of the biggest stars of 2010.   But the Middle class kid from Toronto broke into Hip-Hop on his own terms and didn’t compromise for anybody.  Drake lived on the radio in 2010.  Whether it was  “Find Your Love”,
“Miss Me”
or “Over” from his debut album Thank Me Later, he was everywhere. Thank Me Later was chock-full of club songs, but he spent a lot of time emoting, which was a welcome difference from his peers.

#11 Celph-Titled & Buckwild - Nineteen Ninety Now

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An album that evokes the 90’s… The idea sounds a bit cheesy to be honest, but somehow producer Buckwild and Celph-Titled managed to kill the notion. While the album was meant to recreate a period of time long gone, Nineteen Ninety Now really ends up sounding fresher than anything out these days. Celph-Titled brings the lyrical abrasiveness without overdoing it and Buckwild captures the 90’s and the now without missing a beat.

#12 Yelawolf – Trunk Muzik 

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True lyricism knows no racial barrier, and just beyond Eminem is a star-in-the-making named Yelawolf. If his crazy Cypher freestyle at the 2010 BET Hip-Hop Awards was an appetizer, then Trunk Muzik offers a full meal for those who don’t know Yelawolf. Like the best of Southern MCs, he spits like gymnastics over slow bass about cars, weed, and bogus beef. Like the best of White rappers, he’s slightly crazy, so please don’t make him “Pop the Trunk” on you. 

#13 Bun B – Trill OG

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Earning accolades galore, Bun B completed his Trillology with epic arena sounds and amid a cast of A level talent on Trill OG. Standing for everything that embodies Trill, Bun’s project doesn’t come up short in any area of what such an album should sound like. Sprinkle a lil’ bit of T-Pain, add some Jeezy, add in the legendary but not forgotten Pimp C and 2 Pac, mix a little bit of Gucci, Gotti, a few Drake hooks, some Slim Thug and some production form Drumma Boi, Boi-1da, Play-N-Skillz, Steve Below and others and you have a classic.

#14 9th Wonder & David Banner – Death of a Pop Star

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Many people wouldn’t have expected this combination of MC and producer, as most people are familiar with more of David Banner’s commercial sounding records. But this project shows Banner’s Mississippi roots, as his loud and at times rough and gritty voice contrasts and yet at the same time complements 9th’s smooth and soulful beats. In classic 9th Wonder fashion, this project is short and sweet with 10 songs that play straight through.

#15 Fat Joe – Tales From the Darkside Vol. 1

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Embarking on his 10th studio album, Fat Joe released this project July 27th and hoped to solidify his legacy in Hip-Hop’s legendary and elite status. Fans and critics alike applauded the effort as Joe revisted a crack infested Bronx with his people. Cool & Dre, DJ Infamous, Just Blaze, Scoop Deville and DJ Premier laced Joey with some heat on this project.

16) Roc Marciano- Marcberg

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Roc Marciano? Remember him? He used to be a member in Busta Rhymes Flipmode. Without even knowing the story, you know how that ended. But in 2010, Roc came back with a vengeance in the form of Marcberg. The album busted at the seams with soulful samples, reminiscent of old Wu Tang with a modern twist. If you want that ol’ gutter Hip-Hop, look no farther than Roc Marciano’s Marcberg.

#17 Lloyd Banks – Hunger for More II

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While his crew was largely missing in 2010, Lloyd Banks still held the G-Unit flag high with a strong namesake follow-up to his first “Hunger for More” album. There is a ton of collabos on this one, but Lloyd holds his own on several tracks, too, including the mega hit “Beamer, Benz or Bentley.”

#18 Lil Wayne – I Am Not a Human Being 

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It’s hard to imagine life before Lil Wayne and his Young Money crew owned the airwaves. Despite being in jail most of 2010, Lil Wayne would not be silenced, releasing I Am Not a Human Being while still playing mentor to rookies Drake and Nicki Minaj. Tracks like the sexy “I’m Single” and triumphant “That Ain’t Me” featuring Jay Sean helped underscore his alien genius for knowing exactly what the people want and when to give it to them. Lil Wayne & Friends are everywhere these days, and quite frankly, he’s changing the game. Young Moolah, baby. 

#19 Strong Arm Steady - In Search of Stoney Jackson

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As a staff, we’ll never forget listening to Strong Arm Steady’s In Search of Stoney Jackson the entire time we were at the SXSW festival in early 2010. Since then, the album has been indelibly linked to a dope moment in time for good reason, it is a dope moment in Hip-Hop. Hearing the Cali lyrists over Madlib beats was a collision of worlds unlike anything else seen in 2010. Peace to Phil da Agony and Krondon, along with Planet Asia, Fashawn, Chace Infinite, Mitchy Slick, Evidence and all that presented this timeless classic.

#20 B.o.B – The Adventures of Bobby Ray

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2010 was a huge year for AllHipHop.com’s own Breeding Ground artist B.o.B, as the artist dropped his debut album, The Adventures of Bobby Ray. The Decatur boy teamed up with mentors T.I. and Playboy Tre on the album, as well as label mates Janelle Monae and Lupe Fiasco to make the debut an adventurous ride through the miles of his mind. The album was a success, it sold 84,000 copies in its first week, and has recently achieved Gold RIAA certification. The album has given B.o.B the lead in the new age of hip-hop, and we can look forward to a legacy of adventures with him in the future.

#21 Wiz Khalifa -Kush and OJ

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In 2010 there was no one better to wake and bake to then Pittsburgh emccee Wiz Khalifa’s Kush and OJ, a street album with hits . With over a million downloads This was the perfect theme music for those who partake in the herbal essences and if you don’t inhale, this mixtape was filled with good music from begining to end. Wiz successfully mixed, uptempo tracks as well as the slow melodic weed tracks to describe his favorite vice. After the buzz of this mixtape, this propelled Wiz’s status to that coveveted “next level.” So you don’t have to be hooked on weed to enjoy this mixtape.

#22 – Tech N9ne – Seepage

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Sometimes great things are born out of tragedy. The same can be said about Tech N9ne’s Sophomore EP, Seepage. After learning the news that his mother had been institutionalized again and witnessing his best friend break down over the death of a loved one, Tech N9ne looked to his IPOD for solace. During that time is when he came across all of the beats used in Seepage. The emotionally charged EP features five tracks and one skit and is broken up into three sections: Anger, Madness and The Hole with Tech N9ne pouring his heart out in each one. The album paints a picture filled with hurt, questions of God and the supernatural so close to Tech N9ne’s heart that he refuses to talk to the press about the album. This is one of the realest releases of 2010.

#23 – Copywrite – The Life And Times Of Peter Nelson

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Copywrite’s album came out of nowhere for us. His lyrical prowess is no mystery but the album The Life And Times Of Peter Nelson was a treat for the ears. The album represents a roller coaster of dopeness and emotion. Whether its his best work is a matter of opinion, but it certainly qualifies him for this list. Beats by the likes of RJD2 and Surock with feature appearances by the likes of Crooked I and Camu Tao make this a worthy work of art.

#24 – Nicki Minaj – Pink Friday

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Nicki Minaj conquered the world in 2010.   Shining with megastars like Kanye West, Usher and Lil’ Wayne on their own tracks is no easy feat, but this Barbie proved that she’s not lucky, she’s blessed – YES!   She shattered several Billboard records, including having the most singles on the Nielsen /Soundscan list of the 200 best-selling songs with seven, a first for a female rapper as well as being the first female rapper to top the Rap songs category in over seven years.   The release of her debut album Pink Friday, she has gone on to outsell Kanye West’s critically exclaimed My Beautiful Dark Twisted Family and spawned her boisterous single “Roman’s Revenge” which has her going toe to toe with Eminem and holding her own.  If this is any indication of what the rest of her career will look like, Nicki will indeed have this moment for life. 
 

#25 Black Milk – Album of the Year

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As if producers turned rappers do not receive enough premature judgement, Black Milk adjudicates naming his LP Album of the Year, lighting fuel to critics already arbitrary fire. The debate of whether or not Milk lived up to the hype is one that Hip-Hop heads will argue out well into the new year. Still, the influence the 13-track project had on 2010 musically is undeniable. Black Milk may be pretentious, but the music is anything but subpar.

#26 Gil Scott Heron- I’m Here Now

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To some Gil Scott Heron’s I’m Here Now doesn’t fit on this list, but we don’t agree. The poet is regarded as one of the earliest manifestations of Hip-Hop music with his hard-hitting, gritty and poetic way with words. From the first track, where he utilizes Curtis Mayfield’s “Little Child Runnin Wild,” (the same sample Kanye West uses for “Flashing Lights), it is evident this genius deserves to be here. The rest of the albums is largely comprised of spoken word over spooky, powerful instrumentation. Welcome back, Mr. Heron.

#27 T.I. - No Mercy

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T.I.’s seventh album, No Mercy, shows an introspective, emotional side of T.I’s lyricism. The album is full of excellent features, brilliant production, and amazing arrangement. It lacks the aggression and arrogance listeners are used to from T.I. though, leaving fans desiring more mayhem and less mercy. With a few blemishes, the album has been successful commercially, and will have to hold us over until the next bid is.

#28 Termanology & Statik Selektah – 1982

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Producer Statik Selektah and Emcee Termanology followed a positive trend in Hip-Hop with their collaborative album 1982. From the single “Goin Back” to the album, these two Massachusetts reps further brought back that New York rap boom bap. Preem and Guru are somewhere proud.

#29 Talib Kweli & Hi-Tek – Revolutions Per Minute 

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Thankfully, the Reflection Eternal duo Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek reunited on Revolutions Per Minute in 2010. Fresh from protesting immigration laws, uber-lyricist-turned-activist Talib Kweli waxes poetic over Hi-Tek’s sweet tribal beats on tracks like “Back Again.” The stars and planets align on “Just Begun,” which features beautiful bar after bar from J Cole, Mos Def, and Jay Electronica. We love Talib, but after 8 years apart, we love him so much more with Hi-Tek. 

#30 Curren$y – Pilot Talk

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If for no other reason that his past and present hip-hop affiliations, Pilot Talk by New Orleans spitter Curren$y was definitely highly anticipated amongst certain crowds. Funk-infused music and a play-by-play of Curren$y’s “weed and women” filled lifestyle made the LP a soundtrack for his loyal fan base. However, the standout records were those on which he showcased the fact that he’s a talented emcee with an impressive aggressive flow. All in all, the cohesiveness of the album make it a good listen, start to finish.

#30.1 Curren$y – Pilot Talk 2

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“If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.” Seven words that undoubtedly define Curren$y’s formula for cooking up Pilot Talk 2. He did everything he did on the first album, just better. The lyrical content filled with story telling of his escapades complimented by his lazy flow are identical yet the ears for production used when piecing together this project were divine. Curren$y has a method to his musical madness, constructing this album like a chef creates food. Listeners naturally appreciate the music because it’s “just right.” The production, the features and the wordplay were, just right.

#31 Rakaa – Crown of Thorns

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Remember Dilated Peoples? Sure you do. Rakaa, one-third of the trio, made solo waves in 2010 with his well-received album “Crown of Thorns.” The project shines with guest appearances like KRS-One on “Human Nature;” but the real gem is how he fit 11 MCs on one track called “Ambassador Slang.”

#32 – Rah Digga – Classic 

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We all know the saying, good things come to those who wait, well this cliché rings true when discussing Rah Digga’s sophomore album, Classic, which was exclusively produced by Nottz.  A full decade after her debut album Dirty Harriet, countless features and departing from the FlipMode Squad, Rah Digga is back and spitting straight fire.   In her lead single, “This Ain’t No Little Kids Rap” featuring Redman, Rah Digga’s recites her rhythms with confident while her deep voice commands respect.   Classic was the surprise album of the year.  Lets just hope fans don’t have to what another 10 years for her next LP. 

#33 – Method Man, Ghostface & Rae – Wu Massacre

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Argueably the most charrismatic  members of the Wu-Tang Clan, Method Man, GhostFace and Raekwon teamed up in 2010 for their collaberative album Wu-Massacre.  The trio did not disappoint their legion of fans, showcasing their remarkable chemistry and staying true to what they are known for.  Raekwon’s laced the album with his vivid storytelling, Ghostface contributed his clever wordplay, while Method Man’s swagger and witty punch lines reminded us why we all love the Wu.  This project proves that Wu-Tang is forever. 

#34 Brotha Lynch Hung – Dinner & A Movie

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If you know, Brotha Lynch Hung, you know what to expect the worst of the best…or the best of the worst. Either way, Dinner & A Movie  represented some of the best macabre that Brotha could muster without catching a case. While there is plenty horrorcore, there’s also a fair amount of political commentary for those that can stomach the murderous verses.

#35 Kno – Death is Silent

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Kno from the rap group Cunnin-Lynguists is best known as the crew’s producer, but he dabbles on the mic, too. On Death is Silent, he has a fetish for amazing, Euro-flavored beats that will keep you enthralled way past the lyrics.

#36 Kid Cudi – Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager

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Somehow he did it again. Kid Cudi composed 17 songs, organized into five acts, and labeled them with Roman numerals. Cudi gave listeners an introspective of his life that carried a dark and spacy subject matter. Pushing the envelope for what we define as hip hop these days’ Cudi’s project is an assortment of dance songs, rock songs, hip hop songs and psychedelic sounds. While featuring a great deal of work from Emile, No I.D. and Jim Jonsin, Cudi’s work is a little more subtle and soft than the aggression people have seen over the past few years in concert and in public. What can you say though his project debuted at #3 on the US Billboard 200 chart with first week sales in excess of 169,000.

#37 Devin the Dude – Gotta Be Me

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If you don’t know Houston rapper Devin the Dude, it’s because most of his albums are too scandalous for radio play. Still, he’s a certified O.G. in most underground circles, and in 2010, he didn’t disappoint on his seventh album Gotta Be Me. There are surprises like Brandy on the hook of the super-freaky “Gimme Some” remix, and a lot about his other favorite topic on tracks like the smoky, skunky “I’m High.” Caution. This album contains funkadelic, parental advisory label, grown folk rap. 

#38 Freeway & Jake One – Stimulus Package 

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2010 was an awakening for Philadelphia rapper Freeway, who returned with a new hunger on Stimulus Package. The track “She Makes Me Feel Alright” definitely made listeners feel great, painting ghetto love like only Ghostface could do. He pairs up with Raekwon on the Wu-inspired track “One Thing,” and the lyrical fight begins. Teamed up with Jake One’s awesome snare-filled beats, the return of Freeway’s unique voice and flow is like a long-lost stimulus check that finally arrives in the mail. Freeway and Jake One also get the award for most creative album packaging with their wallet/money/credit motif.  
 

#39 Marco Polo – The Stupendous Adventures of Marco Polo

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Duck Down Records super-producer Marco Polo released The Stupendous Adventures of Marco Polo to little fanfare in 2010, most likely because of the underground artists he featured. Still, the album plays like an epic movie soundtrack, with an awesome old-schooly guest appearance from Main Source’s Large Professor, and clever lyrics from Royce da 5’9”, Surreal, and others.

#40 Fabolous - There Is No Competition

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There Is No Competition 2 put Fabolous where he was always meant to be – at the top. There weren’t too many rappers coming out of New York that had a greater impact on the bottom and the top. Perhaps it is fitting that There Is No Competition 2 started out as a mixtape and then went to retail. “You Be Killin Em” was more than a compliment to a girl…it was a metaphor for what Fab did to his peers.


Source: The Top 40: AllHipHop’s Best Albums Of 2010 – AllHipHop

Laughlin in brief – a collection of area events.

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Laughlin in brief – a collection of area events.


Monday, January 3, 2011 4:04 PM PST

New Laughlin Town Advisory Board members to take oaths on Tuesday

LAUGHLIN – The new Town Advisory Board will be sworn into office immediately before the Tuesday, Jan. 11, 1:30 p.m. PST meeting in the Clark County Regional Government Center. The public is invited.

Four of the five incumbents applied for the Jan. 3 appointments by the Clark County Board of Commissioners, based on suggested approval by the commissioner in whose district the township is located. Two of the five finished second and third in the traditional straw poll advisory election ballot of 16 names last fall. Two others tied for fifth and one of the pair later dropped out. The one who remained had withdrawn before the election but after the ballots were printed.

Two others have died since the filing deadline in the fall. No one applied except those whose names were on the straw poll ballot.

R – U – O – K ?

LAUGHLIN – Persons living alone in Laughlin and worrying about falling in the night, or having an illness may call 702-298-2223 to be placed on a call list.

Police volunteers call to check on the well-being of individuals on the list.

Chillin’ on River show will be Jan. 7-9

LAUGHLIN – The second annual Chillin’ on the River Classic Car Show of the River Cruizers Car Club will be at the south parking lot of the Riverside Resort from Friday-Sunday, Jan. 7-9, beginning at 8 a.m. PST all three days.

Proceeds will go to local charities. To enter, call Ellen Bridges, 928-505-8457; for hotel information call 702-298-2535 or toll-free 800-227-3849.

It will include a classic car show, auto parts swap meet, car sales corral and vendors. It will be open to all years, makes and models, street rods, muscle cars, trucks, classics and specialty vehicles, 4×4’s and motorcycles.

Fun events will include a show and shine, open header contest, creeper races, poker run, raffles, ladies tea party, door prizes and a DJ all weekend.

Clarifiers contract awarded

LAS VEGAS – The Clark County Commission on Dec. 7, as the Clark County Water Reclamation District board, voted to spend up to $55,000 to replace worn parts of a clarifier at the Laughlin sewage treatment plant.

Since there is only one equipment manufacturer, the sole source award went to Ovivo USA, LLC, of Salt Lake City, Utah, formerly known as Eimco Water Technologies, LLC.

Silver Rider has ‘new’ forklift

LAUGHLIN – For about $3,000 the Silver Rider bus service has a “new” 1969 forklift to reach the two-story garage’s ceiling for the staff to perform required maintenance at the three inside bays.

Silver Rider mechanics fixed it, painted it, and added a safety cage, saving up to eight times the cost of a new rig.

Visitors Center lease up for renewal

LAS VEGAS – Clark County Commissioners set a public hearing for 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18, in their chamber to approve a five-year lease, with five one-year renewals, for the Las Vegas Convention-Visitors Authority to keep using the Laughlin Visitors Center.

The current 10-year lease will expire Feb. 19 for 12,000 sq.-ft. at the corner of Casino and Laughlin Civic drives, next to the Laughlin Chamber of Commerce building.

AARP safe driving class will be Jan. 26

LAUGHLIN – The first class of 2011 of the AARP senior citizens safe driver program will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 26, from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. PST at the Spirit Mountain Activity Center’s west wing in Mountain View Park, just off of Needles Highway on Arie Avenue in upper Laughlin.

The course is for drivers 50 years and older and consists only of classroom lecture and participation.

Seniors over age 55 may receive insurance discounts upon completion. Tuition will be $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members, payable by check to AARP.

For reservations or more information, call 702-298-3413.

Elks to honor “Hometown Heroes”

BULLHEAD CITY – Bullhead City Elks Lodge 2048 will host a dinner to honor the community’s “Hometown Heroes” on Saturday, Jan. 8, at 5 p.m. MST.

They are Bullhead City Police Officer Brad Holdway, Bullhead City Firefighter Nathan Bare, Ft. Mojave Mesa Firefighter Thomas Achor and County Judge Rick Williams.

It will be a roast pork dinner and music by Randy Wheeler, for $13 each. The lodge is at Hancock Road and Emerald Drive. Call the lodge at 928-758-2408.

Chamber issues key law dates

LAUGHLIN – The Laughlin Chamber of Commerce has issued a reminder of key tax dates for businesses in 2011.

The per employee payroll modified business tax will decrease to 0.50 percent for the first $250,000 per year or $62,500 per quarter, but is scheduled to end June 30.

For firms over that, the rate will go up to 1.17 percent.

The doubling of the annual business license fee to $200 and the increased sales-use tax that went up 0.35 percent also are set to expire June 30.

Remaining in effect is the 2009 increase in the registration fee for vehicles more than nine years old, from $6 to $16.

Also carried over is the requirement that firms with 50 or more workers grant four hours unpaid leave to children’s parents, guardians or custodians to participate in school activities, with the time to be agreed upon at least five days in advance.

Library has free anti-cyber-bullying deal

LAS VEGAS – The Las Vegas-Clark County Public Library District has free resources to help parents and teenagers better understand, prevent and act against cyber-bullying.

Resources on cyber-bullying include books for adults and teens, high school magazines, newspaper articles, web sites and a number of other supportive resources to help parents and teens stay cyber-safe.

According to the National Crime Prevention Council, on-line bullying is a problem that affects almost half of all American teenagers. Cyber-bullying happens when teens use the Internet, cellular telephones or other devices to send or post text or images intended to hurt or embarrass another person.

For more information, see www.lvccld.org and search Hot Topics under Find Information.

Laughlin Elks to meet January 8

LAUGHLIN – The effort to form an Elks Lodge continues, with the next meeting at 1 p.m. PST on Saturday, Jan. 8, at the American Legion hall.

Men and women who have not been, were in the past or are presently a member are invited.

The goal is 150 adults to apply to the Grand Lodge in Chicago for a charter as Nevada’s newest lodge.

For more information, call Ken Shultenburg at 702-299-0280 or Rosina Wever at 702-298-9454.

Christmas tree drop-off ends Jan. 9

BULLHEAD CITY – Christmas trees still can be put back to work as mulch in the city’s parks. The Bullhead City Christmas Tree Recycling drop-off will be open at Rotary Park (Riverview and Balboa drives) through Sunday, Jan 9.

All trees must be stripped of ornaments, metal and hardware.

For more information, call 928-763-9400.

Mesquite leaders

to visit here Jan. 14

LAUGHLIN – The mayor and city manager of Mesquite, Susan Holecheck and Tim Hacker, are scheduled to address the Leadership Forum of the Laughlin Economic Development Corporation at 9 a.m. PST on Friday, Jan. 14.

The public is invited to the forum, sponsored by the LEDC, at the American Legion Laughlin Post 60 on Bruce Woodbury Drive a half-mile below the Needles Highway.

For more information, call 702-299-1510.

Spirit Mountain Quilt Guild meets

LAUGHLIN – The Spirit Mountain Quilt Guild meets twice every month.

The business meeting is the first Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. PST at the Spirit Mountain Activity Center in Mountain View Park in upper Laughlin. The next meeting will be tomorrow, Thursday, Jan. 6.

The Quilt Guild sewing day is the third Saturday of each month from 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. PST at the Laughlin Branch Library. The next sewing day will be Saturday, Jan. 15.

The Guild is always looking for additional quilters. For more information, call Sonja Guard at 702-298-5773 or Marilyn Johnson at 702-366-4724.

Tourism commission event schedule starts with SCORE race January 14-16

LAUGHLIN – The Laughlin Tourism Commission, composed of eight of the Casino Drive resort-casinos, has announced the upcoming year’s special events.

They are:

The 17th annual SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge off-road race, Jan. 14-16, at the Clark County Regional-Laughlin Special Events Park.

The 17th annual Laughlin River Stampede PRCA Rodeo, March 31-April 3, at the Special Events Park.

The 5th annual Laughlin Xtreme Bulls Contest, April 16-17, at the Special Events Park.

The 29th annual Laughlin River Run motorcycle rally, April 27-May 1, centered on Casino Drive in downtown Laughlin.

Chance for Change returns to chamber

LAUGHLIN – The Laughlin Chamber of Commerce has announced that Davey Crockett’s Chance for Change – seminars for active job seekers – will be back in town Wednesdays-Fridays, Jan. 12-14, and Jan. 26-28.

The first seminar’s hours will be 10 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m. PST; the second seminar’s hours will be 5:30-8:30 p.m. PST.

The seminars, with only a limited number of seats available, will be held in the chamber conference room. To reserve a seat, call 702-298-2214 or 800-227-5245.

He will cover seven subjects, starting with an honest positive look by the student at himself-herself.

The seminars also include drawing a picture of one’s skills, writing the cover letter and resume, practicing interviewing for a job, exploring the hidden job market and putting modern technology to use.

Pro-Teens group to hold dinner on Saturday

LAUGHLIN – The Pro-Teens youth group of Laughlin Community Church will conduct a fund-raising dinner at 6 p.m. PST on Saturday, Jan. 8, at the church. The menu will be lasagna, garlic bread, salad and dessert for $10.

The teenagers use their fund-raising proceeds to pay for their annual trip to Del Mar, Calif., for Spirit West Coast, a Memorial Day weekend Christian camp, Bible study and rock concert.

Pro-Teens meets at 1 p.m. Sundays at the church for a meal, fellowship and Christian education.

As Jan. 9 will be the second Sunday of the month, those with birthdays and anniversaries the first month of the year will be honored.

The church is on the Needles Highway at Palm Terrace Lane, next to the shopping center traffic signals in upper Laughlin. Call 702-989-1228.

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church sets schedule

LAUGHLIN – Here is the schedule for St. John the Baptist Catholic Church for Jan. 5-11. Times are PST.

St. John’s Guild will meet Thursday, Jan. 6, at Saint John’s Church, 1 p.m. For more information, call Dolores Burnett at 702-299-0299. The guild meets the first Thursday of the Month from September through May.

Monthly devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, will be Friday, Jan. 7, after 8 a.m. Mass. The devotion is held the first Friday of the month, with hourly adorations from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Second collections for Saturday, Jan. 8, and Sunday, Jan. 9, will be for the Catholic Stewardship Appeal.

Tuesday, Jan. 11, the HIV Aids outreach will be from 4-6 p.m. at the church. Fr. Joseph O’Brien conducts the outreach the second Tuesday of the month.

Grief’s journey support group will begin Wednesday, Jan. 12, with a morning session from 10-11:30 a.m. and an evening session from 7-8:30 p.m. Sessions will be every second and fourth Wednesday of the month. For more information, call Hope Castillo at 702-412-4471.

The church is on El Mirage Way at Banyon Drive just above the Needles Highway traffic signals. For more information call 702-298-0440 Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

FLC open house to be Jan. 22

LAUGHLIN – The Family-to-Family Connection’s program manager, Christi O’Brien, will host an open house at the Family Learning Center on Saturday, Jan. 22, from 3-5 p.m. PST.

The FLC is located inside the Laughlin Branch of the Las Vegas-Clark County Public Library District and is an educational facility serving families with children through age 4.

For more information, call 702-298-2592 or 702-507-4060.

Hogan stationed

in Phoenix district

NORFOLK, Va. – Navy Chief Petty Officer Sean B. Hogan, son of Deborah A. Hart of Laughlin, Nev., recently reported for duty at Navy Recruiting District Phoenix, Ariz.

Hogan is a 1996 graduate of Quartz Hill High School of Lancaster, Calif. He joined the Navy in January 1998.

Langstraat finishes basic training

Pfc. Kurtis Langstraat, son of Kirt and Jeri Williams and grandson of Joyce Mutzenberger, all of Laughlin, and Roland Mutzenberger, of Garden Grove, Calif., recently completed basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego.

The training was designed to challenge recruits physically and mentally.

Langstraat went through four weeks of combat training at Camp Pendleton and is now receiving military occupational specialty training as a heavy equipment operator at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.

Langstraat is a 2010 graduate of Laughlin High School.

Laghlin Library to offer emergency medicine program

LAUGHLIN – On Wednesday, Jan. 19, Dr. Tressa Naik and Claudia Helmes, RN, of Valley View Medical Center in Fort Mohave will speak about emergency medicine.

The program will be free and the public is invited, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. PST at the Laughlin Branch Library on the Needles Highway at Las Palmas Lane.

Call 702-507-4060.

LHS schedules

LAUGHLIN – Schedules for Laughlin High School winter sports, on Pacific Standard Time.

Boys basketball – Saturday, Jan. 8, at Lincoln County (Panaca), JV and varsity, 2A South League; Tuesday, Jan. 11, Indian Springs at LHS, varsity only, 5:30 p.m.

Girls basketball – Saturday, Jan. 8, at Lincoln County (Panaca), JV and varsity, 2A South League; Tuesday, Jan. 11, Indian Springs at LHS, JV, 2:30 p.m., varsity, 4 p.m.

Wrestling – (Tentative, pending transportation approval) Friday, Jan. 7, 9 a.m., at Pahranagat Valley Invitational (Alamo).

Home admissions – Varsity, $5 per adult or $3 per student; JV, $4 and $2, respectively.

Bratz try out

TRI-STATE – Colorado River Bratz will hold tryouts for a new 10-and-under girls fast-pitch travel softball team.

Tryouts will be at 1 p.m. MST Jan. 15 at Rotary Park in Bullhead City; and 1 p.m. MST Jan. 16 at Nikki Bunch Field along J Street in Needles. Call 928-788-2011 or send e-mail to Colorado

[email protected] .

Primm race set

LOS ANGELES – Promoters have moved up the date for the SCORE Las Vegas Terrible’s Primm 300, finalizing the five-race Desert Series that begins in Laughlin Jan. 14. The 16th annual Primm race will be held Aug. 26-28.

After being held a week later for several years, the SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge was moved back to its traditional dates on the Martin Luther King holiday weekend in 2010. That will continue for the 17th annual race at the Clark County Regional-Laughlin Special Events Park this year. Visit www.score-international.com .

Activities

All times Pacific Standard.

Boys and Girls Club

The schedule of indoor and outdoor programs and activities for Jan. 5-11 at the Laughlin Unit of the Boys and Girls Club of the Colorado River, in the Spirit Mountain Activity Center:

Today, Jan. 5 – Teen center, 2:30 p.m.; power hour, 3:30 p.m.; snowman, 4:30 p.m.; haunted hallways, 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 6 – Teen center, 2:30 p.m.; Smart Girls, 2:30 p.m.; power hour, 3:30 p.m.; ships and shores, 4:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 7 – Teen center, 2:30 p.m.; image-makers photography club, 4:30 p.m.; movie, 5 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 10 – Teen center, 2:30 p.m.; spud, 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 11 – Teen center, 2:30 p.m.; Torch Club, 4:30 p.m.; cops and robbers 4:30 p.m.

For more information, call 702-299-9223 from 2:30-6 p.m. weekdays when school is in session.

Spirit Mountain Seniors

Here is the schedule for the Clark County Parks-Recreation Department’s Laughlin senior citizens programs in the Spirit Mountain Activity Center on Arie Avenue at the Needles Highway for Jan. 5- Jan. 11.

Today, Jan. 5 – Open center, 9-11 a.m.; exercise in Boys and Girls Club (exercise ball), 10-11 a.m.; bocce ball, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Wii bowling, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.; line dance exercise, noon-1 p.m.; poker, noon-3: 45 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 6 – Exercise in Boys and Girls Club (stretch bands), 10-11 a.m.; Mah Jongg, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; bridge and rummy cube, 12:30-4 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 7 – Yoga (bring own mat), 9:30-11 a.m.; brown bag lunch bingo ($5 for 6-week session), 11:40 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; movie, The Town, rated R, 2-4 p.m. A Boston bank robber tries to be sure a woman can’t identify him or his gang, based on the novel Prince of Thieves.

Monday, Jan. 10 – Hand and foot canasta, 10:30-3:30 p.m.; poker, noon-3: 45 p.m.; movie, Wall Street, Money Never Sleeps, rated PG-13, 2 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 11 – Quilting, knitting and crocheting, 9:30-11:30 a.m.; exercise in the Boys and Girls Club (weights), 10-11 a.m.; pinochle, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Dominos, scrabble, billiards, ping pong, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Book Club meets the fourth Thursday of the month, 9-10 a.m. Call for Jan. 27 title.

The schedule is subject to change. Unless otherwise noted, all activities are free. Persons ages 50 and older are eligible. For more information, call 702-298-3413 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays except county holidays.

American Legion Post 60

Here is the American Legion Post 60 schedule for Jan. 5-11.

Friday, Jan. 7 – Fish fry, 5-7 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 8 – Oratorical contest at Post 40, 10-11 a.m.

Sunday, Jan. 9 – Breakfast, 8 a.m.-noon.

Tuesday, Jan. 11 – Auxiliary will play cards, noon-1 p.m.; post executive board meets, 5-6 p.m.; Kiwanis Club meets, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

The post is on Bruce Woodbury Drive at Cougar Drive, a half-mile downhill of the Needles Highway. For more information, call 702-299-1510.

Family Learning Center

Here is the schedule for the Family-to-Family Connection for Jan. 5-11.

Today, Jan. 5; Thursday, Jan. 6; Friday, Jan. 7; Saturday, Jan. 8; Monday, Jan. 10; Tuesday, Jan. 11 – All to be announced.

The Family-to-Family Connection programs are held in the Family Learning Center in the Laughlin Branch of the Las Vegas-Clark County Public Library unless noted otherwise. For information call 702-298-2592.

Laughlin Branch Library

The Laughlin Branch of the Las Vegas-Clark County Public Library has announced its schedule for Jan. 5-11.

Art gallery exhibit – Chinese brush painting by Gary Wu, through Feb. 9

Poetry reading by Russell Holder from his collection – Today, Jan. 5, 2-3 p.m.

Living Water Outreach Ministries – Today, Jan. 5, 5-6:30 p.m.; same time Jan. 19.

University of Arizona Master Gardeners – Pruning and desert trees, Wednesday, Jan. 12, 10:30 a.m.-noon.

Brown Bag Book Club – Twenty Wishes, by Debbie Macomber, Thursday, Jan. 13,

Youth section

Friday, Jan. 7 – Stories and crafts for the five and younger crowd, 4 p.m. in the children’s story-hour room.

Saturday, Jan. 8 – Movie to be announced

The library is on the Needles Highway at Las Palmas Lane, just above the U.S. Post Office. Library hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. For more information call 702-507-4060.

Source: Laughlin in brief – a collection of area events.