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· best albums
- Kanye West "The College Dropout"
- De La Soul "The Grind Date"
- Talib Kweli "Beautiful Struggle" (the mixtape)
- Jay-Z and Lincoln Park "Collision Course"
- Halftooth Records "You Don't Know the Half"
· albums I listened to
all of the above plus:
- The Roots "Phrenology"
- Jay-Z "The Black Album"
- The Roots "The Tipping Point"
- Wordsworth "Mirror Music"
- Jedi Mind Tricks "Violent by Design"
- Talib Kweli and Hi Tek "Train of Thought"
- Nas "The Lost Tapes"
- Lauryn Hill "The Mis-education of Lauren Hill"
- Usher "Confessions"
- Twista "Kamikaze"
- Terror Squad "True Story"
· best songs
- Twista "Overnight Celebrity"
- De La Soul "The Grind Date"
- Kanye West "Jesus Walks"
- Terror Squad "Lean Back"
- Masta Ace "Beautiful"
- Jay-Z / Lincoln Park "Encore / Numb"
· best beats
all of the above plus a shitload of others. 2004 was a great year for production.
· best producers
(in alphabetical order)
- Just Blaze
- Kanye West
- Molemen
- 9th Wonder
- Oddisee
- Shuko
- Stoupe
· best emcee / lyrics
a lot of cats made a lot of great music, but nobody really inspired me as lyricist of the year
· favorite artwork
man I had a lot of burns - didn't even see a lot of the artwork!
· favorite labels
- Aftermath / Shady Records
- Babygrande
- Roc-A-Fella Records
- all the indie labels doing their thing
· biggest surprise
Bush getting re-elected
· biggest disappointment
the new Mos Def and Talib Kweli albums
· books I read
- Dan Brown "The Da Vinci Code"
- Stephen King "Wolves of the Calla"
- Stephen King "Song of Susannah"
· movies I saw
a shitload!
- Fahrenheit 9/11 (3 times)
- Super-Size Me
- Ray
- Casablanca
- Kill Bill 2
- Hero
- Spiderman 2
- Garden State
- Braveheart
- North By Northwest
- Kinsey
- Spanglish
- Sideways
- The Incredibles
- Ocean's Twelve
- The Godfather I and II
- Man On Fire
- Troy
- Dodgeball
- The Bourne Supremacy
- I-Robot
etc, etc.
· websites I visited
· foods I ate
a little bit of everything. okay, a lot of everything.
· things that made me smile
- European news covering the US presidential election
- the headline, "How Could 59,054,087 Americans be so Dumb"
- the Nikki Beach Club in South Beach, Miami
· things that made me go hmm
why is Jadakiss' buzz not in Cali like it is in New York???
· things that made me cringe
- How Could 59,054,087 Americans be so Dumb???
- the war in Iraq
- Bush's performance in the debates
- Mase's comeback
- January in Montreal
· best moment(s) of 2004
getting engaged
· worst moment(s) of 2004
Bush getting re-elected
· what I'd like to see in 2005
- people becoming more active in politics
- less censorship (more profanity and on-screen nudity. how bout it FCC?)
- the third season of the Chapelle Show (how bout it Dave?)
- a best lyricist
- Meet The Fockers
· what I don't want to see in 2005
- Bush in office
- a repeal of Roe Vs. Wade
- another year of war in Iraq
· hip hop in 2005 will be...
the world is changing and hip hop changes with it. Commercial artists will get more indie and indie artists will get more commercial. Less artist imprint labels. More indie's with major distribution. Crunk music's got about one more year. Common's next album will be one of the best of the year.
· my new years resolutions
- get more active in the political system
- tour overseas in 2005

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