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: Malcolm Nelson
Bio: Blogger, www.vocabularyspills.blogspot.com
Top 5 of 2009 (give or take 2 or 3)
Cuban Linx 2: Only Built for Cuban Linx II was the best Wu-Tang album to come out this decade. J-Dilla, Rza, Pete Rock, Marley Marl, and Dr. Dre on production.
The seemingly ubiquitous popularity of the hipster/hip-hopper look: It just kills me to catch hood booger harlem kids rocking red skinny jeans(where do they hide their guns?)
Kanye West interrupting Taylor Swift: First, I think it was a great moment in assholedom. I also think that the sheer brazenness of Kanye West's moment of assholedom unified so many people across America. Think about it, everyone from a Klan member to Barack Obama thought that Kanye West was an asshole for interrupting that little white girl. For one moment, we were all One.
The Large Hadron Collider: On November 30th The Large Hadron Collider near Geneva, Switzerland became the world largest working particle accelerator. Its purpose is to see if, by colliding particles into one another, new particles that haven't existed since the big bang can be created. Scientist hope that by finding these new particles questions about the very nature of matter can be answered (like why does matter exist in its 4 forms).
The heated debate over health care: The tea bagging parties(Do you know how funny it was to hear a little old white woman talk about tea bagging?) and the heated town hall discussions were some of the most crazed shit I've seen in a while. That isn't to say that healthcare isn't an issue worthy of debate. Nonetheless, the exaggerated gestures of patriotism, violent altercations, and the misinformed rhetoric that the debate spawned displayed an America caught up in the manufactured xenophobia of the Republican party and insurance companies.
Glenn Beck: It's not that he's a political pundit on one of the most apocryphal media outlets in the world. Rather, the problem with Glenn Beck is that he openly admits to stroking the fear that's been prevalent in America(well, white America) since the collapse of our financial system. Even worse, he sees himself more as an entertainer who brings a "show" to his viewers on a daily basis. This isn't to say that other political pundits don't bring a "show", but no other pundits relies on the "Barnum and Bailey" effect more than Beck. So basically, he talks out his ass all day on his show and cries to fill air space. But guess what, Glenn Beck is the highest rated show on The Fox News network(yes, he's beating Bill O'Reilly). Scary shit.
Wale: I love the fact that a DC rapper actually has an album and that he infuses Go-Go music into his beats. Plus, homie can spit and his new album, Attention Deficit, is very good.
Air Yeezies: Its official, Kanye has his own shoe. Yes, this might have been a 08' phenomenon, but now you can buy Air Yeezies. Don't ask me where, just let it be known that you can buy a pair Air Yeezies. Do your own research.