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The 50 Most Beautiful Women In The World According To DMSR

Posted in Beauty, Diet, Fashion, Film, Food & Drink, Health and Beauty, Literature and Books, Living, Music, News Media, Racism, Religion, Romance, Sex, TV with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 26, 2008 by Richard James Clark II

The Most Beautiful 50 Women In The World According To DMSR

1. Monica Belucci

The reason I pick Monica Belluci as the most beautiful women in the world is for many years Monica Belluci’s beauty has been outstanding and breathtaking and as she gets older she becomes more radiant. She doesn’t seem to age? Not everybody’s ideal but nevertheless Monica’s womanly physique, and facial attributes stand her high up in most beautiful peoples lists and will continue to do so for more years to come.

2. Natalie Portman

I met Natalie Portman by accident about two years ago in a trainer/sneaker shop in Brick Lane, East London and in the flesh she is radiant and flawless, she has amazing skin and a personality that is so down to earth and normal and that self assured attitude makes her sexiness bewilder you. Someone again who has grown up in the media eye and even has a degree from Harvard. Beauty and Brains and now dates Devandra Bernhardt, who is an amazing conscious musician!

3. Rosario Dawson

A mixed race beauty that has a great aura and attributes, her confidence is incredibly alluring. Never highly regarded in many beautiful women lists or very highly regarded in Hollywood either but every film I have ever seen her in she exudes skill, intelligence, and beauty and is someone who seems to be able to adapt her look. Look at the films Rent, Alexander, Sin City and her own film Descent. Though Josie in the pussycats wasn’t her greatest film, she still is amazingly stunning in it.  She also hasn’t succumbed to plastic surgery which is rare in Hollywood!


4. Padma Lakshmi

Salman Rushdie’s ex wife, I bet he is kicking himself, another amazingly beautiful women who again is never high in lists or featuring at all, can speak up to 8 different languages, has a huge intelligence and another women I have seen in the flesh and nearly gone run over by a London cabbie, again like Natalie Portman my breath was taken away.


5. Halle Berry

Since watching the film Boomerang, and Fallen Angel, Halle Berry has lit up cinema screens. Now 40 years old Halle is even more beautiful then she has ever been and is now settling into her new life and being a mother gives her added glow (when she was pregnant and came to London for her premier she looked like a Greek goddess) after the heartache and pain of previous relationships. Another adaptable women in her beauty and her profession, i just wish she never had a nose job and kept more of her Black features.


6. Scarlett Johansson

When you think of all the Movie heroines in the 1950’s, wonderful lips, body, shape, eyes, now roll on 50 years later and this is what Scarlett Johansson has and every film I see her in you are bewildered by her beauty and in some ways it must take away her creditability as a actress and recently a singer (very much an album like Nico from Velvet Underground would do if alive) a beautiful women who has married a interesting man in Ryan Reynolds .

7. Liya Kebede

A black model who has been gaining a more recognisable profile in the last 2-3 years, not just as a model but an actress, and spokes person for many issues. Deserved to be one of the four separate models on ‘The Black Issue’ Vogue cover along with Naomi Campbell and Jourdan Dunn. Her beauty is astounding and will only get better with age and will become the next Iman to have modeling work way into her mid-40’s to later life.


8. Jennifer Lopez

A latin beautiful women of the highest order, Jennifer Lopez since the late 1990’s has been adapting and turning heads with her famous ASSet and her stunning looks. The multi talented actress, stylist, singer (may not have the greatest voice but some songs are okay), has been working hard and now seems to exude beauty still into her 40’s and still looks amazing, I can’t wait to see what the next 10 years brings.  Again another women who has not succumbed to plastic surgery.

9. Josie Maran

Again not such a known model worldwide, even in America she is known for who she’s dating (David Blaine being one of the lucky culprits). But the face of the cosmetic adverts of Maybeline, has been outstandingly beautiful and has a natural body, which reminds you of all the models past and present.

10. Drew Barrymore

Ever since ET Drew Barrymore’s face has been in my mind, and when she was older Drew’s beauty has always stood out. A natural, intelligent, and radiant person who is not regarded highly in beautiful lists and maybe not as a serious actress in Hollywood, but as a business women don’t dismiss her, as she co-produced the Charlie’s Angels films. A women like Scarlett has a very 1950’s quality about her. In her mid 30’s she seems to be not aging at all.

11. Penelope Cruz

A Spainish actress who has become more and more prominent in Hollywood, she has had a reputation as a heartbreaker due to her romances with Nicolas Cage, Mathew Mc and famously Tom Cruise. A naturally beautiful woman with great attributes and shines in many diverse films, blockbusters or independent films. Her confident approach mixed with her humble European nature makes her a very alluring women.

12.. Nicole Scherzinger

When watching music videos every so often you do see a beautiful women, and when I saw this sassy, pouting beautiful women singing and moving, I was hooked. ‘Don’t Cha’ this song was a call and response to beauty and the Pussycat Dolls were now known and seen. Nicole eludes sexiness, and has supermodel good looks, and to consider she is in her mid 30’s she will probably get more attractive when older. Her dress sense is also a little eccentric but can look amazing in plain outfits too. Every fashion magazine shoot and every music video she is in shows what a beautiful women she is, it is a shame they couldn’t’ t get her solo career going as the package is great but no songs with any musical bite.

13. Kate Winslet

The English rose with a naturally beautiful face, her warmth of her personality is showed on interviews and even off the cuff she still exudes sexiness, without even trying. I remember seeing Kate Winslet in titanic and gladly she was for a film which sank like a ship in my memory apart from her ravishing beauty and still now 10 years on Kate Winslet is one of the most beautiful women in the world..

14. Jessica Alba

From her first appearance on Dark Angel to her latest offerings in film Jessica Alba is a beautiful women and no denying that. Amazing facial features and a body to match and eventually her sexiness potential was shown in Sin City and from then on her offers of film roles (not all good-Awake?), but this women has a bright future and even a child birth won’t affect this ladies beauty. Rumour has it that she was Tom Cruise’s first choice before getting his team to contact Katie Holmes.

15. Gisele Bundchen

The Supermodel that has for over 10 years graced many catwalks and fashion magazines is still going strong. She is the highest paid supermodel in the world and is the worlds richest supermodel. Here beauty is obvious to see and her mix of Germanic descent and Brazilian upbringing makes her attributes attract a wide range of people hence her popularity. Also her humanitarian efforts should eb priasede and always seems to give beack to poor communties in Brazil to set-up projects..

16. Naomi Campbell

A model who has for a at least 20 years been gracing the catwalks and was one of the first major Supermodels, has been a influential women to many young Black women who wish to enter the fashion industry which is predominantly racist. Her personal life has overshadowed her effect on the industry and that is due to being unfairly persecuted but also her own ‘Diva’ demands haven’t helped. However at over 40 Naomi still has a body most 20 years old yearn for let alone over that age, a toned dancer’s body on an Amazonian beauty.

17. Audrey Tautou

When watching the film Amelia I was captivated by a beautiful face and slender frame, the film was not the most amazing experience for a film but adding to the visual aspect seeing this lady changed my views on certain types of beauty, in every film Audrey Tautou oozes class, beauty and a sophisticated look reminisce of her namesake Audrey Hepburn.

18. Charlize Theron

A former fashion model and ballet dancer but now known as an actress and film producer. She was discovered for acting in random circumstances and then three years later become known for her emotional acting abilities first displayed in The Devils Advocate. Her beauty is a mixture of Germanic/French decent and was born in South Africa and has a wide appeal among movie goers which is alluring but still can have a girl next door charm.

19. Naomi Harris

A outstandingly strong beautiful woman who has been and come through immense personal adversity, whilst growing up and studying for her degree to becoming a professional actress. I remember seeing her face in a magazine such as GQ as one to watch for the future and remembered her in television adaptation of Zadie Smith‘s White Teeth, and then appearing in films such as 28 Days Later, and then minor roles in big blockbusters. But Naomi’s best features for me is her approach to life being a Buddhist and how she will not leave London to move to Hollywood which I imagine has gone against her in gaining big roles instead of supporting roles. To me a strong minded woman exudes beauty and then her looks only compensates her attitude.

20. Sienna Miller

21. Alyssa Milano

22. Aishwarya Rai

23. Kelis Rodgers-Jones

24. Alicia Keys

25. Kerry Washington

26. Lisa Bonet

27. Kate Beckinsale

28. Jennifer Love Hewitt

29. Ashley Judd

30. Raquel Welch

In her heyday and stil looks great now in her 60’s/70’s

31. Pam Grier

Still looks great now even recently in the L word

32. Demi Moore

33. Lucy Liu

Looked like a Goddess in Ally McBeal and continued to blossom to beauty in films.

34. Eva Mendes

35. Stacey Dash

Still an amzing beauty after Clueless and her Playboy poses a few years ago show this.

36. Elizabeth Shue

The dog wasn’t harmed during the picture being taken..

37. Jourdan Dunn

38. Iman


At this front cover celebrating her 50th Birthday


39. Thandie Newton

40. Sanaa Lathan

This may shock people but her lips alone are what men die for in a woman.


41. Salma Hayek

42. Zoe Kravitz

A future model waiting to blow-up, the off-spring of Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet.


43. Shakara

44. Veronica Webb

45. Rachel Yamagata

46. Zadie Smith

47. Kristin Davis

48. Mayra Andrade

New world singer from Cape Verdenan who is 20 years old and sounds like a veteran and has an amazing presence live

49. Grace Jones

At 60 years old one of the most striking Black women who still models now


50. Kate Bush

A strange one to be considered but Kate Bush was in her heyday and still is an exceptionally beautiful woman



Favourite Albums of 2007

Posted in life, Music, Politics, Romance with tags , , , , , , , on July 30, 2008 by Richard James Clark II

Best Albums Of 2007 (in my opinion)

If anyone gets upset by these reviews, sorry but we are all allowed an opinion in this world so these are mine. I respect musicians from all genres but one thing I disrespect is when people come up with garbage and it is bought by people who are

1 Lazy to discover music
2. Read awful magazines NME (no musical ears), which recommend music to jump on the band wagon whereas I love music from the heart.

So if you wish to argue at my list I don’t mind but be warned you better have a good argument otherwise I will shoot you down in flames.

I have no bias and all these have links to the relevant acts for you to discover.

Now some albums were only released in the UK this year which is not great for people who know any of these albums in the US so I apologize. Some are not easy to obtain either so this takes effort but you will be thoroughly rewarded when purchased.

Included in this list are albums which have not impressed me and they will have comments written about them on a later date.

1. Keite Young-The Rise and fall of

I first heard tracks from this artist back in March 2007 and was impressed on the tracks I heard but in the back of my mind I was wondering if this would be another good musician who can’t come up with a decent soul album…Dwele anyone? And so on.

Now since listening to the album since September release date I have been proven wrong at last and we now have an album which I can listen to alongside D’Angelo and Maxwell albums. Within the genre of “Neo-Soul” or Soul/R &B the last few albums from artists have been as a whole quite poor, with maybe only two decent songs on the album at best and a lot of filler pretty much matching the R & B genre for a hit single but formulaic album structure. Keite defies this with an album of quality tracks with ranging subjects and a lot of musical influences Soul, Rock, Gospel and even some catchy melodies (something the neo –soul genre has seem to passed up on along time ago).

What I love about this album is not just his voice but the contrast between songs, Shine for example sits well with If We Were Alone (a exceptional slow –jam ballad with N’Dambi) and Masks (A introspective song about peoples lives-Imagine something from Sign of the Times period by Prince or Stevie wonder in fact!) and E.N.S(Gospel influenced ballad) and U Got It ( A Clintonesque weird joint) but all these tracks are contrasting in character, texture and genre in some cases but all have one thing in common the talent projecting them. At last an album worth buying within this genre.

As Keite can play all his own instruments he reminds me of Prince then the critics shortcomings, he sounds like Bilal crossed with Al Green which to me is weak as a compliment, as Bilal hasn’t written songs as good or on the same level as Keite anyway. But his voice against the rock element really reminds me of early Prince (oh when he did write decent albums anything before the 90’s, but especially the albums prior to Purple Rain) trying to crossover and since Terence Trent D’Arby/Lenny Kravitz there isn’t many Black artists who have tried to do this accept one comes to mind Cody Chesnutt who failed with a long-lo-fi album and at least The Roots improved his track The Seed.

So if any album I wish you to buy from this list would be this one, I believe you would be shocked how this talent has been missed by Broadsheets and the like, only problem if you live in the UK you can only buy it from as it hasn’t been officially released here until February (still hasn’t happened, I wrote this last year originally)

If you live in the US you have no excuse….simply as…Keite obviously has a myspace and here is the link

2.. Alicia Keys-As I Am

Another outstanding album from Ms Keys-in fact I think her best overall album yet, and I wasn’t looking forward to it as I particularly didn’t like the song “No-One” and thought “Stop over-singing”.

However this album has a quality and a surprise one at that, it is so steeped in old-school values (when I heard this album I thought of Roberta Flack, Patti Labelle and other legends within the Soul genre) compared to other releases by R&B starlets, for a start it’s a good album throughout apart from some slip-ups (but we will ignore them tracks and stop doing the pissing intros-they are annoying and unnecessary), its not too long either so it keeps the listener interested-any longer and it would have lost it’s appeal.

After hearing the outstanding Unplugged album I was always looking forward to the third major album release from Alicia Keys, and in fact I don’t think her potential has even been reached yet. On this album the songs are original for once and are not trying to sound like an old rectro song, i.e. Fallin (uses the “It’s a man mans world” theme musically), A Woman’s Worth( Isley Brothers Jam) You don’t even know my name (the main ingredient sample) and so on.

Nothing is wrong with that and sampling an old song is great but re-using it to make it fresher and more interesting is better. Alicia here on this album has come with an emotional diary which you feel is about her life and her thoughts and feelings, not her influences so much, “the diary of” was supposed to reflect this but didn’t to my ears anyway.

Some of the songs here are not as assessable as her previous efforts and some critics say the album is flat, but I think that is an unfair judgment as the album has more going for it musically then say the commercial R & B out this year. I don’t mind this but the average listener might who is used to her previous efforts. But Alicia doesn’t even use a really big R &B producer (for me gladly) apart from some collaborations lyrically and songwriting wise by Linda Perry and Marsha Ambrosius respectively and a great song written and performed with John Mayer-one of the highlights on the album. It is mainly an in-house affair (like previously but more so here),

The tracks I particularly like on the album are Lesson Learned (the track with John Mayer), Superwoman, and Like You’ll Never See Me Again, Wreckless Love, I Need You (The Last two you could imagine from the last album the Diary of)

3. Dee Dee Bridgewater-Red Earth Malian Journey

Dee Dee Bridgewater has always been an exceptional vocalist ever since her days in the late 70’s, her solo albums Bad for Me and Just Family for example has great quality songs. But in later years covers of jazz songs have not interested me to purchasing her albums as much.

This album has in fact changed my mind… Dee Dee Bridgewater is first and foremost a groundbreaker, her interpretation on traditional jazz is Unafraid and uninhibited, these attributes make her very interesting.

Dee Dee Bridgewater’s 2007 project, Red Earth-A Malian Journey, is a journey both forward and back.
A combination of mixing Malian voicing, music and traditional instruments with American Jazz and penning many of the lyrics, Bridgewater has crafted one of her most important jazz and especially musical statements to date. The rhythms throughout are stunning. With a percussion section of 5 or 6 African instruments throughout played by native Malians, and with jagged contrapuntal rhythms over 9/8, 7/8 and 8/8 meters.

Before this album was initiated Dee Dee made a decision to find her African roots back in Mali. As a listener of this album I am glad she did. As this album is of exceptional quality, and for once a jazz album which is original and not trying to be a formulaic covers album…In fact on first listen it is an album I could imagine Oumou Sangaré doing.

The songs on here are amazingly in depth and compelling highlights include “Afro Blue” which is more percussive version than her 70’s classic, Mama Digna Sara Ye” (Mama Don’t Ever Go Away), a track co written with Malian diva Ramata Diakité, and the covers of Nina Simone’s “Four Women” and Eugene McDaniel’s “Compared to What” come across as great testaments to this album about the human condition.

If you buy the DVD edition (which I would highly recommend) the DVD along side this release explains her journey and solidified her resolve to further investigate African music after her Grammy nominated and winning projects including the first of all double Grammy® Award-winning tribute Dear Ella after the death of Ella in 1996 and the later albums of Live at Yoshi’s, This is New, and J’ai Deux Amours, incorporated more global sounds and influences.

If you loved the albums by Paul Simon-Graceland and Youssou N’Dour’s solo albums especially Guide (the Wommat) and Egypt then I would highly recommend this, it won’t be to every ones taste but if you love African music and jazz this CD by Dee Dee Bridgewater is the best of its kind in a long time…

4. Mayra Andrade-Navenga

Well I first heard about this talent through a friend, and usually my friends are not good at recommending music, they try but the usually fail.

However I was glad to be put onto this album, though it is hard to obtain.

Still in her early 20s, Mayra Andrade has an outstanding vocal talent and the album is just musically amazing. Her sound has a cool confidence and languid with a sad-edged charm. Mayra originates from the Cape Verde islands, off the coast of Senegal, and Andrade has also traveled with her parents from Cuba to West Africa, and is currently based in Paris. You can hear this within the influences of the music.
The mixtures of Brazilian music then added to her musical mix as well (does help her percussionist and guitarists are Brazilian), her use of varied rhythms, including traditional rhythms from Cape Verde i.e. funana and batuku, is matched against lyrics in Cape Verdean Creole and French-I actually researched a lot of this after buying the album.

I am not going to lie, I don’t even understand the French language, but her voice and melodies are simply too beautiful to ignore-and I hadn’t even seen her yet in the flesh when she performed in London I saw in late September/Early October with Angelique Kidjo

She eclipsed Angelique Kidjo….That is how good she is…

So I especially was in awe. Theirs is plenty of variety here, thanks both to her exploration of these different styles and settings but the overall mood remains both thoughtful and relaxed.

If you love the Buena Vista Social Club then I would highly recommend this and this is a future star in world music

The key-cuts to me are the following Dimokransa, Comme S’il En Pleuvait, Navenga, and Lua

5. Radiohead-In Rainbows

This album is probably the best since Ok Computer (not my favourite album but I respect it) where the band have struck a happy balance between innovation and accessibility, between rock and electronica.

Although the main fuss surrounding Radiohead’s seventh album was prompted mostly by the way in which it was delivered download only, “pay as much as you like”

I will admit I didn’t pay anything, not to being a tight “MF” but because Radiohead albums can be patchy, however I will be buying this on physical CD within the New Year, so there LOL!

Lyrically, this album is more in tune with Thom Yorke’s solo album The Eraser, which are sketches of suburban paranoia, and the eerie sense of things not being quite right.

Thom Yorke’s voice also has a new-found tenderness, in fact beautiful (I forgot how great of a singer he is) and not so much rage as before (Paranoid Android), ‘All I Need’ and the luxurious ‘Faust Arp’, are examples where he sounds like a man emerging from a lifetime of despair.

The opener “15 Step” has an all skittering drum patterns and dub-style bass which makes you reminisce of the electronica of Kid A, the sound soon gives way to a more guitar-based sound. This album is not as musically heavy as previous albums, but for me and I think generally the tunes are far more focused and passionate

“Bodysnatchers” is based around a hypnotic, distorted bass riff, and another song I enjoyed and reminded me to listen to Radiohead is the beautiful string-drenched “Nude” a true Radiohead classic which could sit on any previous album.

I would recommend this to anyone, who loves Radiohead but wants to explore the cross between Electronica and Rock…

6. Joy Denalane-Born and Raised

A talent which seems to have not been that successful this year and surprisingly I don’t know why, this album is as good or even better then any of Mary J Bliges later albums.

Anyway, this album in the US came out in mid 2006 originally but it was only officially released here in the UK during Spring to no fanfare a tall, I can’t understand why Sony did not promote this a tall and I didn’t hear these songs in clubs, which to me is poor, especially when you consider what junk their has been released this year in the genre and to me this album is so much better then many other R&B albums out this year.

Joy Denalane has gotten barely a fraction of the attention that singer Joss Stone has received in the U.S., and after Joss Stone latest dud album, Denalane is arguably far more talented, polished and emotional interesting.

But the main reason I like Joy Denalane, unlike some modern vocalists, she doesn’t over sing her songs, nor do her vocals lack genuine emotion.

This album has some great quality R&B songs with really strong melodies and great simple arrangements i.e. Let Go, One In A Million and the collaborations really standout i.e. Heaven And Hell feat Raekwon and Change feat Lupe Fiasco is a buoyant, upbeat number that talks about something many people can relate to: rising up, overcoming adversity and making the world a better place

If anyone who likes Mary J Blige or grew up on the party music of the last decade might not like or not understand Born & Raised. But anyone who’s a fan of Amel Larrieux or Alicia Keys would probably enjoy this CD.

7. Burial-Untrue

Burial’s acclaimed 2006 debut got a lot of excellent press.

So interest in his second album was high already, Burial returns with a more complete and haunting soundtrack to the urban inner-city landscape, imagine a soundtrack which is coming home from a night out more then music out in a club, it has a direction of loss (in some cases an average music listener wouldn’t get into it) and the album could speak of Britain today especially London, with all its gritty, dirty, messy, impersonality.

This is mainly done through music- but the sensual feeling is one trying to articulate the lifestyle of the majority of people living in this country – their hopes, fears, faults and virtues.

Very similar to My Demons-DJ Distance in some respects but a lot lighter in texture, the album reflects and restructures the disparate styles of dance music’s past decade especially 2step/Garage, he is an elusive hyper dub pioneer which is slightly different to Dub step and more towards 2step.

The album’s sound is mournful, epic, and magnificent and underpinned by eerie, growling bass lines and overlaid with spectral female vocals.

The highlights are Archangel, Near Dark, Untrue and Endorphin

This is an album, which grows with every listen, and should win the future 2008 Mercury Music prize.

8. Boxcutter-Glyphic

Dub step (“hyper-dub” it has so many names but you get the drift!) is a new sound from London to the world’s ears but it has been developing for the last 5-6 years under the music world’s noses.

Most artists have great tracks in their genre but this musically is the best album from a dub-step artist, purchase the album or by other means-it isn’t easy to download so buying it would be best and it is to support an artist with his own label.

The sounds used (samples) and textures are beautiful and musical yet haunting (this is darker then some dub-step out there but it is not so light as Burial’s –Untrue album). The use of real –drum sounds also makes this album very punchy.

I acquired this album back in July

If you want an electronic and love dub this album would be a best bet, not too chilled out I would highly recommend this, you won’t be disappointed.

9, Raul Midón-A World Within A World

State Of Mind-being my favourite album of last year; I was expecting a developing second album and hoping this album would be my favourite of 2007. This album doesn’t disappoint me musically in a lot of ways but in one way it does, it is not as “Intimate” as State Of Mind, and that is its key disappointment, if I heard this album first my opinion would be different.

In some cases this album has been made too radio friendly in places, but I understand why?

As to sell albums you have to have songs that can promote the album to the average listener, Supermarket Mums being one example.

On the live circuit Raul is very successful but sales on the album has been disappointing I can gather (I think due to EMI/Blue Notes lack of promotion and accessibility to obtain the album, in the UK it has been very minimal/non-existent in some cases, but everyone I know who I recommend to the first album buys it, so why can’t a big company do the same) and it is shocking in fact because of the talent this man possesses and the quality of his songs, when Raul first was on Jools Holland “Later” back in late 2006 he shock the audience so much with his performance of State Of Mind (he basically made the other musicians on the show open mouthed in awe-I was told by a BBC employee).

The tracks are as strong melodically as before on the previous album and has examples of these are “Pick Somebody Up”, “All The Answers” and we have some acoustic intimate feel on tracks such as “Ain’t happened yet” (an amazing accapella track), Tembererana ( A native-argentine folk song-which Raul wrote himself), Song for Sandra (about the death of his Mother when young).

Overall though this an album that is still very strong and I would recommend anyone who bought the first to obtain this album as Raul songs are still outstanding, however I can’t wait for the next one to see where he develops.

10. Talib Kwelli-Eardrum

Unlike 50 Cent and Kanye West, a Hip-Hop album which is not selling out to the pop market.

Eardrum has some very interesting lyrical and musical tracks on this album, mixing old school sounds with new perspectives in Hip-Hop.

Though the album is way too long though I believe that to be it’s biggest flaw and I think this would have been better at only 13 tracks not 17 or more if you have the US version and in some cases it is more like a mix tape (which I like but to the average listener into commercial Hip-Hop this would not be interesting enough)

However the highlights to me are the following Hostile Gospel Pt 1 which is a powerful song with Talib spitting his trademark honest, hard-hitting lyrics including about the state of the music industry and especially Hip-Hop as a genre. Give Em Hell is talking about religion and how it is portrayed especially in the form of hatreds, especially the US version of trying to frighten the nation with a bad portrayal of the Muslim religion.

In The Mood featuring Kanye West (the downside as his rap is lazy) but as a production by Kanye West -probably his best produced track this year, is a subtle song over a jazzy beat and is another highlight of the album, with Roy Ayers featured on vibes.

Soon the New Day follows this pattern with a beautiful chorus featuring Norah Jones and has a great message of introspect about the life of prostitution, and women acting like this in a less blatant way plus how people react in that world, each verse tell a story of the girls and the culprits.

Anybody who likes The Roots or Mos Def I would recommend this album to them, as commercial Hip-Hop generally has had some very poor releases this year and for me I would recommend people to this or the underground sound.

Other recommendations


Jill Scott-The Real Thing

Shape of Broad Minds-Shape of Broad Minds

4 Hero-Play With The Changes

Baby Shambles-Shotter’s Nation

Tinariwen-Aman Iman

Britney Spears-Blackout

Wu Tang Clan-8 Diagrams

Nosiettes-Whats The Time Mr Wolf?

Block Party-A Weekend In The City

Feist-The Reminder


Marvin Gaye-Here My Dear (Deluxe)
Marvin Gaye-In Our Lifetime
Eddie Kendricks-The Thin Man Solo album Vol 1 & 2
Betty Davies-They Say I’m Different
Sly and The family Stone albums
Roni Matlock-Love City
Ramp-Come Into Knowledge

Albums which disappointed me-these will be explained on later date

Rosin Murphy-Overpowered
Kayne West-Graduation
50 Cent-Curtis
Jay Z-American Gangster
Common-Finding Forever
Dizzee Rascal-Maths and English
Kano-London Town
Macy Gray-Big
Jamie T-Panic Prevention
Klaxons-Myths of the Near Future Klaxons
Kate Nash-Made Of Bricks