Ryan Proctor writer for Blues & Soul Magazine
· best albums
- Kanye West "The College Dropout"
- Ghostface "The Pretty Toney Album"
- Murs "3:16 - The 9th Edition"
- Skinnyman "Council Estate Of Mind"
- The UN "UN Or U Out"
- Rodney P "The Future"
- Mos Def "The New Danger"
- Snoop Dogg "R&G: The Masterpiece"
- De La Soul "The Grind Date"
- Shock G "Fear Of A Mixed Planet"
- Kaze "Spirit Of '94 - The 9.0 Version"
- The Roots "The Tipping Point"
· albums I listened to
- Devin The Dude "To The X-treme"
- Xzibit "Weapons Of Mass Destruction"
- J-Zone "A Job Ain't Nuthin' But Work"
- The Alchemist "1st infantry"
- 213 "The Hard Way"
- Royce Da 5'9" "Death Is Certain"
- Halftooth Records "You Don't Know The Half"
- Pete Rock "Soul Survivor II"
- dead prez "RBG"
- Dilated Peoples "Neighbourhood Watch"
- Yungun "The Essance"
- Donny Hathaway "These Songs For You, Live!"
- Masta Killa "No Said Date"
- Cee-Lo Green "Is The Soul Machine"
- Beastie Boys "To The 5 Boroughs"
- Jadakiss "Kiss Of Death"
- Klashnekoff "The Sagas Of..."
- Cormega "Legal Hustle"
- KRS-One "Keep Right"
- The Foreign Exchange "Connected"
- Brand Nubian "Fire In The Hole"
- Wordsworth "Mirror Music"
- Terror Squad "True Story"
- capital D "Insomnia"
- Teena Marie "La Dona"
- Yogi "Bear Necessities"
- Masta Ace "A Long Hot Summer"
- Jedi Mind Tricks "Legacy Of Blood"
- Chief Kamachi "Cult Status"
- Chan "Part Of A Nation"
- R.A. The Rugged Man "Die, Rugged Man, Die"
- MF Doom "MM..Food"
- Nas "Street's Disciple"
· best songs
- Masta Ace "Good Ol' Love"
- Terror Squad "Lean Back"
- Sa-Ra "Glorious"
- Mos Def "Sex, Love & Money"
- Dynas "Game Huntin'"
- Wee Bee Foolish "Putting In Work"
- J-Zone "A Friendly Game Of Basketball"
- Beyond There feat. Yungun & Jehst "Slumber"
- Kyza "Real Rap"
- Nas "Thief's Theme"
- Talib Kweli "Peace Of Mind"
- Edo.G "Boston"
- Showbiz feat. Fat Joe "On My Way"
and a bunch of other stuff.....
· best producers
- Kanye West
- The Alchemist
- Baby J
- Pete Rock
- The Neptunes
- Showbiz
- Oddisee
- 9th Wonder
· best emcee / lyrics
when R.A. The Rugged Man said on his track "Lessons":"I don't want fans that don't know who (Kool) G.Rap is.." that shit damn near brought a tear to my eye...beautiful!
· biggest surprise
the fact that, after a string of mediocre releases and guest appearances, Snoop Dogg came back so strong with both 213's "The Hard Way" album and his own "R&G: The Masterpiece" set. Obviously you can teach an old dog new tricks after all. G-funk has been reborn. Bow-wow-wow-yippee-yo-yippee-yay!
· biggest disappointment
- Method Man's "Tical 0: The Prequel" album. Meth can still rhymes his ass off but he needs someone to help him choose better beats
- George Bush being re-elected wasn't a good look either
· books I read
- Nelson George "Post Soul Nation"
- Cheo H. Coker "Unbelievable - The Life, Death And Afterlife Of The Notorious B.I.G."
- Tracy Funches & Rob Marriott "Pimpnosis"
- Kool Mo Dee "There's A God On The Mic"
- Todd Boyd "The New H.N.I.C."
· movies I saw
- Spiderman 2
it takes a lot for me to go to the cinema...and when did popcorn become so damn expensive??!!
· websites I visited
- Sohh.com
- Allhiphop.com
- Shockg.com (possibly the illest artist site you'll ever see)
a few others that my mother wouldn't want me looking at....holla!
· foods I ate
far too much pizza
· things that made me smile
seeing a drunk RZA bring his son onstage to promote the latest line of Wu-Wear at a Ghostface gig before proclaiming that you can now buy Wu button-ups for all the "corporate niggas" wanting to "keep it real at the office". Now THAT'S gangsta!
· things that made me go hmm
meeting Alicia Keys backstage after a Talib Kweli / Mos Def gig in London and wondering if I had a chance. Even though my pimp game is strong having grown up listening to Rick James, Too $hort, Keith Sweat and Big Daddy Kane I decided to let the moment pass....her loss!
· things that made me cringe
any music awards show. When are the hosts of these events going to realise that unless they're named Richard, Eddie or Chris they have no business trying to tell pre-written jokes onstage while pretending to be spontaneous. Let me spell it out for you - you're not funny mo' fos.
· best moment(s) of 2004
having the opportunity to interview and hang out with my all-time favourite emcee Big Daddy Kane while he was in the UK. We sat up in a hotel after his show until 5am debating such important issues as Kool G. Rap's best album, his supposed back-in-the-day beef with Rakim and whether MC Lyte would beat Queen Latifah in a battle.
· worst moment(s) of 2004
spending the best part of the year working on a 14,000 word feature for Blues & Soul magazine entitled "25 Years Of Hip-Hop On Wax" only to realise after the magazine had gone to print that I'd managed to spell Rick Rubin's name incorrectly. How I managed to miss that after proof reading everything about a thousand times is beyond me.
I know there's war, hunger and poverty occurring across the globe but sometimes it's the small things that piss me off.
· what I'd like to see in 2005
more balance in the hip-hop media. I'm tired of magazines, radio shows and music channels proclaiming to offer cutting edge hip-hop when in actuality they're not promoting any artists who aren't on a major label with a huge promotional budget behind them. Hip-hop used to be about going out and finding that hot new record or artist - not waiting to be told what you should or shouldn't listen to by huge corporations who only care about the music because they're making money from it. Yes this is a business, but creativity and originality shouldn't have to be completely sacrificed in order for artists to become successful. It's not that I want to see hip-hop remain underground, I just don't want to see it become as meaningless and disposable as most of today's 'pop' music.
· what I don't want to see in 2005
your mother knocking at my front door again
· hip hop in 2005 will be...
even more confusing than it is now
· my new years resolutions
- not so much a resolution as a promise to myself to continue to not let the industry bullshit and empty hype influence the artists and releases I decide to cover as a writer.
- Oh, I almost forgot...I HAVE to get my own pimp cup made this year. What do you think the P in Ryan Proctor stands for bitch?!

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