Justin Sayne of Ish Records
· best albums
in no particulary order:
- Mos Def "The New Danger"
- Department Of Eagles "Whitey On The Moon LP"
- Madvillain "Madvillainy"
- Kanye West "The College Dropout"
- Blues Explosion "Damage"
· albums I listened to
- Sharkula "Don't Smoke Weed Over There"
- Illogic "Celestial Clockwork"
- MF Doom "MM..Food"
- The Roots "The Tipping Point"
- Thaione Davis "Situation Renaissance"
- Sixtoo "Chewing On Glass And Other Miracle Curses"
- Eyedea & Abilities "E&A"
- Björk "Medulla"
- Sonic Youth "Sonic Nurse"
- Ani DiFranco "Educated Guess"
- DJ Signify "No More Sleep"
- David Thomas & Two Pale Boys "Sixteen Monkey O A Dead Man's Chest"
- Ricci Rucker & Mike Boo "Sketchbook"
- Ammon Contact "One To An Infinity"
- Jill Scott "Beautifully Human"
- Savath & Savalas "Apropa't"
- Insight "The Blast Radius"
- The Foreign Exchange "Connected"
- Various Artists "The Now Factor"
- Snoop Dogg "R&G - The Masterpiece"
- Cee-Lo "Cee-Lo Green Is The Soul Machine"
- De La Soul "The Grind Date"
- Vast Aire "Look Mom...No Hands"
all the good records I forgot to mention
and of course all that lovely and dusty old music that I dig out from time to time
· best songs
in no particulary order:
- Typical Cats "Eaxy Cause It Is"
- Snoop Dogg feat. Pharrell "Drop It Like It's Hot"
- The Foreign Exchange "Connected EP"
- Elektro 4 "Tell Her"
- Mickey Ritter "One Eyed Looking Glass"
- Edan "I See Colors"
- Madvillain "All Caps"
- MF Doom "Hoe Cakes"
- Dabrye "Game Over"
- Theodore Unit "My Guitar"
- Masta Killa "High School"
- Jadakiss "Hot Sauce To Go"
- Sholto "The Sleeper"
- Jay-Z "99 Problems"
- De La Soul "Shopping Bags"
- Diverse "Big Game
- Sa-Ra Creative Partners "Double Dutch"
and, and, and...
· best beats
see best song/singles
· best producers
- Madlib
- MF Doom
- J. Dilla
- Dabrye
- Timbaland
- The Neptunes
- Kanye West
- Prefuse 73
- Insight
- Edan
- 9th Wonder
- Dante Carfagna (Express Rising)
- Meaty Ogre
- Dreas
- Reezm
· best emcee / lyrics
- MF Doom
- Vast Aire
- Edan
- Ghostface
- Bigg Jus
- Eyedea
- Thaione Davis
- Snoop Dogg
- Posdonous (De La Soul)
· favorite artwork
there is more than just one, or I simple can't decide:
- Piano Overlord "Tease"
- Sa-Ra Creative Partners "Glorious"
- Sonic Youth "Sonic Nurse"
- Ricci Rucker "Like A Box Of Chocolate"
- MF Doom "MM..Food"
· favorite labels
- Ish
- Stones Throw
- Memphix
- Heardrums
- Bully
- Plug Research
· biggest surprise
Nutella is still good
· biggest disappointment
Derrida and Johnny Cash both died
· books I read
- Darius James "Froggie Chocolate's Christmas Eve"
- Max Annas, Martin Baltes "absolute Black Beats"
  Claude Levi-Strauss "absolute Claude Levi-Strauss"
· movies I saw
- Coffee & Cigarettes
- Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind
- Lost In Translation
- Zatoichi
and a lot more
· websites I visited
- stonesthrow.com
- turntablelab.com
- bullyrecords.com
- urbansmarts.com
- birthwriterecords.com
- humrecords.ch
and others
· foods I ate
probably ate a lot of shit this year too, but, guess it's not about all the bad things, it's more important to make sure you're eating all the good and healthy food there is; and there is a lot
· things that made me smile
- my girl
- my friends...
· things that made me go hmm
hmmmm (pondering) - I guess a lot of it was about or around music and of course people, but you should leave good things as they are, feel them, don't talk them dead
· things that made me cringe
when I cooked dinner for my friends' and my parents and that Thai curry was really darn spicy, you should have seen those faces man! but it was all good, they loved it (and felt it)
· best moment(s) of 2004
being in Chicago with my girl
· worst moment(s) of 2004
runnin' out of money all the time
· what I'd like to see in 2005
a lot of good records
· what I don't want to see in 2005
more Bushes, Blochers and other dick-heads
· hip hop in 2005 will be...
- unpredictable
- mainstream is wide and not comprehensible at one glance
- where's Timbo going?
- what's the next step of The Neptunes?
- how long is the down-south hype gonna make it?
- underground? what is the underground nowadays anyway? it got so diversified by so many experimental stuff, where's that leading too?
- does the world need more collaboration between indie rock and hip hop?
- who is still listening to straight underground hip hop?
- 2004 brought samples skillz back and on the other hand: down south nobody even got a sampler anymore - should rapper learn how to play instruments?
- pop lending producers from hip hop to sell more, are hip hop artists soon gonna lend voices from pop stars to do the same?
- when's the first clone rapper gonna be invented?
- who's gonna buy all that vinyl if all the big DJs start spinning with Final Scratch?
· my new years resolutions
find out how hip hop's gonna be like in 2005

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