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Guest lists 2010: Phoenix critics weigh in on the year in music

What consensus?
By PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  December 21, 2010

And finally, a note from Boston Phoenix staff writer Chris Faraone:
Due to my not having time to blast responses at every asshole who disagrees with my personal preferences, I refuse to list my top 10 albums of the year. Last week we posted my “100 Essential Hip-Hop Tracks for 2010,” and, as my editor noted, I've been heated ever since on account of hella Twitter hate from 13-year-old dips and other ignorant commercial radio admirers. People just can't fathom that my taste differs from theirs, nor do they believe that artists who they're unfamiliar with could possibly make better music than chumps who relentlessly market to them. Like Chuck D says: “Consumers have the audacity to think consumption starts with them.”

More infuriating than the young and dumb jabs are my righteous mainstream trend whore contemporaries, who are convinced that heads like me prefer fringe acts on account of spite or stubbornness. That's not the case at all; the fact is that I listen to the same shit they do (my list includes the major label likes of Nas and Big Boi) – I just also check a lot of international and indie cats, who, not always but for the most part, trade in beats and rhymes that are far too challenging for mass consumption. If you can't understand that, then I'm sure you'll appreciate the 5,000 year-end wrap-ups that serve no purpose other than to remind you of Kanye West's brilliance.

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