If you ever get sick and tired of hearing sluggishly recycled or straight-up derivative lyrics, that’s when you should turn to DOOM (!), or better yet delve into the wonderful world of instrumental hip-hop. This year saw a handful of outrageously talented producers release insanely stimulating beat tapes. Many of them were offered up for free, but those that had a price were worth every dollar (and frankly, the free tapes are worth a pretty penny too). Hit the skip for my favorite instrumental albums of the year. And yes, they are just that: cohesive, fully-conceived albums.
6. Hexsagon – Charlie Parker Beat Tape (shouts to Potholes!)
5. Falside – Jesus Shaves
4. Willie Green – Dirty Jordans
3. Oddisee – Traveling Man
2. Hir-O – The Voyage Home