This isn’t a “best of” or anything, just an end of the year mix from Pigeons and Planes featuring some of the hip hop that comes to mind when I think of 2008. I’ll get a non hip-hop one up soon.

Fuck all that shit about hip-hop being dead/dying. Most people that say that are just stuck in the past and can’t change with the times. They still listen to Illmatic at least once a week and they label every emcee who’s not wearing a fitted and timbos as “hipster rap”. The fact that hip-hop is going through changes is the exact reason that it is not dead.

I’m going to remember 2008 as a really exciting year for hip hop. I don’t remember a time when there were so many up and comers that I’ve been rooting for. Artists like Wale, Kid Cudi, Charles Hamilton, Asher Roth, and B.o.B. already have a solid fan base and they haven’t even released a major album yet. It’s great because all of these guys seem to take pride in the fact that they’re different. Instead of trying to gain success by doing what’s already popular, they are getting noticed because they’re onto something fresh.

2008 wasn’t just about the freshman. It was a year in which even well established acts took risks. Wayne got his E.T. on with the most anticipated album of the year and Kanye came out of left field with the polarizing 808s and Heartbreak. Regardless of your opinion of these albums, you have to respect that these guys are doing things their own way.

Alright, I’m done rambling. Here’s the mix.

1. Wale – Nike Boots
2. Asher Roth – Roth Boys
3. Kid Cudi & Crookers – Embrace the Martian
4. Kanye West & MGMT & Justice – Electric Touch
5. Lil Wayne ft. Kanye West – Lollirock (Kickdrums Remix)
6. Charles Hamilton – Brooklyn Girls
7. Drake – Say What’s Real
8. B.o.B. – Grip Ur Body
9. The Knux – Bang! Bang!
10. Atmosphere – You
11. Q-Tip – Move
12. Kid Sister – Pro Nails (Rusko Remix)
13. Military – All Da Way Live
14. Reef the Lost Cauze – Not That Easy ft. Ethel C
15. Beanie Sigel & Jay-Z – Glock Nines (Ratatat Remix)
16. The Cool Kids – Mikey Rocks
17. Ball Greezy ft. Joell Ortiz, Brisco, and Ace Hood – I’m The Shit
18. LA – Born With Headphones Attached To My Earlobes