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Jason Toney's Top 10 Best LA Hip Hop CDs of 2006

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Not that long ago Jason Toney was the Editor of LAist and now he works for The Mouse in their online division. And he's still bustin on Negro Please. And he's still bobbin his head to the fat beats.

As we continue our list of top ten best of lists, we give you Jason Toney's Best LA Hip Hop CDs of 2006:

In a pretty dismal year for hip-hop, local hip-hop head Peanut Butter Wolf and his Stones Throw label put out some of their best work ever and the absolute top of my overall best list for the year are two of their releases. So I said to myself, "Self, you've got an LA record label making LA records. Make a list."

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Good idea.

  1. Donuts by J Dilla. For all those who miss the incredible James Yancey, this is the perfectly bittersweet album of the year. Exceptional beats that showcase his genius.
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  2. Beat Konducta Vol 1-2 by Madlib. Madlib and J Dilla made up Jaylib. You can't have one without the other and Madlib's beat collection is a wonderful compliment to Donuts.
  3. Expressions (2012 A.U.) by Dudley Perkins. Dudley is on some George Jetson type shit. The future of the funk is now and Mr. Perkins has got next.
  4. Exodus into Unheard Rhythms by Oh No. Beats. Rhymes. Life. When was the last time a rapper told you to "Smile a lil bit and frown a little less"?
  5. The Worthnothings [EP] by Georgia Anne Muldrow (pictured). If Dudley went to the future, Georgia entered the 4th dimension. There are not words to describe soul like this.
  6. Chrome Children by Various Artists. The rare groove "Third Rock" by Pure Essence is reason enough to love this disc.
  7. Stones Throw: Ten Years by Various Artists. If you don't know, now you know.
  8. Shine Through by Aloe Blacc. Aloe's been a KCRW darling this fall. Don't let that sway you. This is good.
  9. Throwback Rap Attack by Percee P. Just one song with remixes by Madlib, Cut Chemist and Oh No. Recognize the P.
  10. At the Mall by Baron Zen. I actually haven't heard Peanut Butter Wolf's Soul/Punk alter ego but it's Stones Throw so it has to be good, right? Right.

Bonus: The only other LA hip-hop that matters this year isn't The Game's Doctor's Advocate. It's Murs & 9th Wonder's Murray's Revenge. Murs knows the same LA you know.