Nice choice! Haven’t listened to this in ages but got it on now. It is all about the production for me. Enjoy Phonte and Big Pooh, but don’t like the sing-songy hooks they occasionally do that sound a bit too much like Black Star.
Whenever there’s a new post in here I find it interesting to look at Wikipedias ‘Year in Hip Hop’ to jog my memory about what I was listening to at the time, and the mix of stuff that was out there.
Couple of brilliant MF DOOM projects, loads of good nerd rap (love the Aesop Rock and Semi.Offical albums), Grime in the UK, stuff from 50 and Ja Rule that I studiously ignored, and also stuff like this, Jaylib and the Gang Starr album that were a little more rooted in the 90s stuff I loved. Never think of 2003 as a vintage year but there was a ton of brilliant albums.