The Bean One
Another local hiphop album that's steadily growing in my mind is Bean One's ShortCircuit:
Bean One has been at it for over a decade, and yet not one beat on the new album (it was dropped in February) has a hint of exhaustion. The man's mind is all over the map (rock, dub, new wave, and soul), and his energy level is still in the red. My favorite track on the album is "Phoenix," which I suspect is a homage to the French band Phoenix.