9. Brother Ali | The Undisputed Truth
The Undisputed Truth (Rhymesayers) may confront indie rap’s typical bogeymen — the government, big corporations, etc. — but it focuses on the MC’s compelling personal life. No surprise: the world’s greatest white Muslim albino rapper from Minnesota has a great story.
10. Beanie Sigel | The Solution
As far as style counts go, Beanie Sigel’s latest (Roc-A-Fella) trumped both his mentor, Jay-Z, and his protégé, Freeway, whose albums were also released near the end of the year. Not far removed from a stint in prison and exoneration on a murder charge, Sigel is still plenty hungry, and it shows.
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