#3 Sage Francis – Li(f)e
I’m a bit disappointed with the lack of quality hip-hop that I heard this year. There were a few albums that brought some heat, but for the most part they were more disappoints. Fortunately, Sage released this album in 2010 and it helped me believe in hip-hop once again. Oddly, this is probably his least “hip-hop” sounding album, but its the spirit of experimentation and exploration that he captured here that has always made hip-hop exciting to me.