Sound-Savvy's Best of 2008

Posted by Mack of Sound-Savvy On 10:30 AM

Alrighty folks, it's taken a while to compile this list, and this is one we definitely need everyone's feedback on so BE SURE TO COMMENT! Sound-Savvy has compiled a list of categories for it's Best of 2008 list. Each list is comprised of some of the most popular choices in each category, but we'd like to know what YOU think! Be sure to leave a comment with your picks or any you'd like to see added to the list. To hear who made Sound-Savvy's final cut, listen to the Sound-Savvy Report on Mindstream Radio Wednesday night from 8-10PM by clicking here. Note: Kanye West's album 808s N' Heartbreak is listed in the Pop/Alternative category. I didn't put it in the category with hip-hop albums because I don't classify it as a hip-hop album. More than half of the album focuses on adherence to melody, so it's more r&B/pop/alternative than hip-hop. Hope that helps!

Best Remix
Usher feat Beyonce and Lil Wayne – Love In This Club Part II
Plies feat Ne-yo and Janet Jackson – Bust It Baby Part III
T-Pain feat. Justin Timberlake – Can’t Believe It (Remix)
Mariah Carey feat. The Dream - Touch My Body (Remix)
Young Jeezy feat. Jay-Z – Put On (Remix)

Hip Hop Album
T.I. – Paper Trail
Lil Wayne – Tha Carter III
Common – Universal Mind Control
Young Jeezy – The Recession
Ludacris – Theater of the Mind
Q-Tip – The Renaissance

Hip-Hop Single
Live Your Life – T.I. feat. Rihanna
Something’s Gonna Have To Give – Big Boi feat. Mary J. Blige
A Milli – Lil Wayne
I Can’t Believe It – T-Pain feat. Lil Wayne
Q-Tip – Gettin’ Up
Lupe Fiasco – Paris, Tokyo

R&B/Pop Single
Rihanna – Take A Bow
Ne-yo – Miss Independent
Chris Brown – Forever
Kanye West – Love Lockdown
Usher – Moving Mountains
Jazmine Sullivan – I Need You Bad
T-Pain feat. Ludacris – Chopped N’ Skrewed

Male R&B/Soul Album
Ne-yo – Year of the Gentleman
Usher - Here I Stand
Lloyd – Lessons In Love
Jamie Foxx – Intuition
Day 26 – Day 26
John Legend – Evolver
Robin Thicke – Something Else

Most Underrated
Lyfe Jennings – Lyfe Change
Lloyd – Lessons In Love
Dwele - Sketches of A Man
Anthony David – Acey Ducey
Karina – First Love
Janelle Monae - Metropolis: The Chase Suite
Michelle Williams – Unexpected

Female R&B/Soul Album
Leona Lewis - Spirit
Jennifer Hudson – Jennifer Hudson
Beyonce – I Am…Sasha Fierce
Brandy - Human
Karina Pasian – First Love
Jazmine Sullivan – Fearless
Michelle Williams – Unexpected

Pop/Alternative Album
Sara Bareilles – Little Voice
N.E.R.D. – Seeing Sounds
Kanye West – 808’s N’ Heartbreaks
Danity Kane – Welcome To The Dollhouse
Janet Jackson – Discipline
Pink – Funhouse
Maroon 5 – Won’t Be Soon Before Long

Best New Female Artist
Jazmine Sullivan
Jennifer Hudson
Karina Pasian
Leona Lewis

Best New Male Artist
Anthony David
Noel Gourdin
Day 26
Donnie Klang

6 comments and counting...

  1. A. Red Said,

    Great minds think alike. I'm doing a post similar to this on Wednesday. LOL

    Best Remix- Love in this club. I wasn't a fan of this song until the Remix actually. Beyonce and Wayne took this joint to another level. THANK GOD for Beyonce not over-singing.

    Hip Hop Album-NO KANYE? BLASPHEMY!!!...Lil Wayne gets it then.

    Hip Hop single- A Milli. Bangledash SNAPPED on this beat and everybody and their moms jumped on it to freestyle. The clubs still go nuts when this come on.

    R&B Single-JAZMINE SULLIVAN OF COURSE. Man she shut the game DOWN with this one. I think she was one of the most anticipated artist of 08. She brought a fresh sound to R&B...and she could actually SANG. You don't see that much these days.

    Male R&B Album- Day 26. Hands can listen to this album from beginning to end. This is one my favorite albums period.

    Most Underrated-I'm torn between Dwele and Lloyd. I really don't know.

    Female R&B Album-Jazmine Sullivan. Her album is off the chain... and it's also the only album I've heard from beginning to end in this category. lol

    Best new female artist-Jazmine Sullivan. J. Hud been out for a while, Estelle is good but on Jazmine level.

    Best new male artist-Day 26. I think Brutha will bring a little competition to them though because those boys can sang as well.

    Posted on December 29, 2008 at 1:09 PM

  2. Kimesha Said,

    Best Remix - Put On (Remix)

    Hip Hop Album - Q-Tip - The Renaissance

    Hip Hop Single - Lupe Fiasco - Paris, Tokyo

    RNB/Pop Single - Neyo- Miss Independent

    Male RNB/Soul Album - Neyo -Year of the Gentleman

    Most underrated - Anthony David!

    Female RNB/Soul Album - She is not in your list of categories but SOLANGE - SolAngel and the Hadley Street Dreams. Her was the best this year.

    Pop/Alternative Album - I have a tie with Sara Bareilles and Kanye. I can't stop listening to both of them.

    Best new Female Artist - Estelle

    Best New Male Artist - Even though he isn't new, I will pick Anthony David in ANY category. He desrves it!

    Posted on December 29, 2008 at 1:16 PM

  3. Ok...this was a toughy, but I think I got my picks:

    Best Remix
    Young Jeezy feat. Jay-Z – Put On (Remix)

    Hip Hop Album
    (sigh) Lil Wayne – Tha Carter III

    Hip-Hop Single
    A Milli – Lil Wayne (hands down)

    R&B/Pop Single
    Kanye West – Love Lockdown

    Male R&B/Soul Album
    Ne-yo – Year of the Gentleman (this was a tough one)

    Most Underrated
    Dwele - Sketches of A Man (Dwele stays underrated)

    Female R&B/Soul Album
    Jazmine Sullivan – Fearless (won over Brandy by a small margin)

    Pop/Alternative Album
    (as much as I abhor this album) Kanye West – 808’s N’ Heartbreaks

    Best New Female Artist
    Jazmine Sullivan (hands down)

    Best New Male Artist
    Brutha (eff Day 26)

    Posted on December 29, 2008 at 1:22 PM

  4. bshepjr Said,

    lol, guess im not gonna do a post like this so i'll just post here.

    remix - none of them
    hh album - c3 or kanye
    hh single - a milli
    rnb single - moving mountains
    male rnb - ne-yo or jamie or day26
    underrated - lloyd
    female rnb - never heard any of them lol
    pop - nerd or kanye
    best new f - NO CLUE
    best new m - day26

    Posted on December 29, 2008 at 5:21 PM

  5. Aiight Fashion Citizen is here to weigh in lol

    Best Remix - I'll have to go with BShep, all those songs are kinda blah

    Hip Hop Album - I'd go with T.I. because I dug it longer than the flash in the pan that was the Carter III. (I notice Kanye's release isn't there Mack, hating are we? LOL)

    Hip Hop Single - Live Your Life, speaks volumes but Paris, Tokyo is a good jam as well.

    R&B/Pop Single - Take A Bow, Rihanna did her thing for ALL of 2008.

    Male R&B/Soul Album - I haven't heard most of the ones listed so I can't comment.

    Most Underrated - Janelle Monae, I love her whole style and I think Michelle Williams deserves to be put on too, just don't know how I'd market her.

    Female R&B/Soul Album - I've got a few, B-Rocka, Jazmine Sullivan and Beyonce. J-Hud gets honorable mention.

    Pop/Alternative Album - Pink, Ye, Janet, N.E.R.D. and DK. My top two would be Ye and N.E.R.D.

    Best New Female Artist - Estelle, Jazmine and Jennifer all win it for me

    Best New Male Artist - Yawn....I thought you'd put that Archuletta fella on here, I'll go with a write-in and say Chester French.

    Posted on December 30, 2008 at 8:46 AM

  6. Ok, here are my picks, I'm hoping that I'm not too wordy, lol:


    All of those are pretty mediocre. I would omit the "Can't Believe It Remix" along with that embarrassing "Bust It Baby Part III".

    In their places should be the "Lollipop" remix with Yeezy and Lil Wayne along with, and please forgive me if I have my timeline off, but the "Flashing Lights" remix by R. Kelly. I would also add the "Everyone Nose" remix from Seeing Sounds.

    In the end, I think the winner would be the "Lollipop" remix.


    Q-Tip- The Renaissance is the clear winner here. I might've replaced Paper Trail by T.I. with Rising Down by The Roots though.


    "I Can't Believe It" and "Something's Gonna Have To Give" should come off and be replaced by The Game's "My Life" and Jay Z's "Swagger Like Us".

    This is a tough category though, so I'd give it a tie between "Paris, Tokyo", "Swagger Like Us", and "A Milli".


    Ah, I feel like these categories shouldn't be mixed, lol.

    First of all, Rihanna shouldn't be up for "Take A Bow", but for "Disturbia". I know I should be bashed for this, but if we're talking about pop, Brittney should be included for "Womanizer".

    But the absolute winner is..."Single Ladies(Put A Ring On It)...I mean, perfect mix of pop, r&b, and funk.


    Day 26 and Here I Stand...WHAT?!?!? Where is Raphael Saadiq's The Way I See It and Anthony Hamilton's The Point of It All???

    In the end, I'd give it to Ne-yo's Year of the Gentleman. One of the best of the year.


    Sol-Angel & the Hadley St. Dreams! That album was fire, 100%. I'd throw Seeing Sounds on there also. N.E.R.D. has yet to receive the accolades they deserve. But Solange did it this year.


    Ok, I Am...Sasha Fierce needs to be taken off ASAP. In comparison to the others on the list, that album is rubbish. Keyshia Cole's A Different Me should be added, and hence, own that category. That was a beautiful album.


    Get Sarah Bareilles' Little Voice, Maroon 5's album and that awful, awful Discipline outta there.

    If we're talking Alternative, then Radiohead's In Rainbows should be on the list, and please, please put Solange's album on there.

    I'm torn here, but I'd give it to Solange, followed by Seeing Sounds and In Rainbows.


    Adele should be one here, but I'd give it to J-Hud, her voice is still amazing. Followed by Estelle.


    Donnie Klang, huh? Must've been a slow year for up and coming male artists. I'd give it to Anthony David.

    I know this is too long, so I'm going to get my opinionated ass off of here now.

    Posted on December 30, 2008 at 2:50 PM


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