I love year end lists, but am usually too lazy to actually write them. So here are the best things of 2009, as determined by the coolest people I know.
Name: Deandre Cole [ed note: this is an alias; I'm only outing cause it's boring]
Bio: I was born on a river, in a little tent...
My top 5 of 2009:
Lil Wayne's No Ceilings (Mixtape) - Hot fire. Rapping about foolishness has never been done this well.
Nike's MVPuppet Campaign - Nike found a way to make Kobe Bryant likeable and made Lupe Fiasco a battle-rapping reindeer. FTW
Chad Ochocinco of the Cincinnati Bengals - Chad Johnson legally changed his last name to Ochocinco in 2008, but wasn't allowed to wear the jersey until 2009 due to a contractual obligation with Reebok. His team is winning, and he's a pro-bowler. Cheers to Chad for trading his slave name for a fantastic/hilarious marketing opportunity.
Foreign Exchange - no one in music this year released a better album than Leave it all Behind by r&b/hip hop duo Foreign Exchange. Someone recognized game and nominated them for a Grammy. They're independent and no one puts on a better live show. Guess we aren't doomed to autotune and sex anthems. Get familiar.
Jason Whitlock (sports columnist) - Whitlock seamlessly weaves social commentary into each of his columns and takes no prisoners. Whitlock's take on the Steve McNair situation:
"McNair, for months, manipulated and preyed upon a 19-year-old child who lost her parents, fled a country, moved away from her adopted family at 16, drove while impaired in all likelihood to protect McNair and was incapable of financially supporting herself. Iceberg Slim showed more compassion for his hos than McNair did to the obviously emotionally and mentally wounded girl who allegedly killed herself and McNair."
Don't miss Whitlock's fantastic article on the Tiger Woods situation.