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by kenn on 1/01/2004 08:21:00 AM

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Hip-hoppers, check your calendar and see that it's time for Da Yearly Awards.

Best album: The Black Album, Jay-Z. It was close between this and 50 Cent's Get Rich or Die Tryin', but Jay's is a classic because a rapper hasn't made a swan-song CD before, an MC going out on his own terms. Not to mention it was an excellent LP. Jay-Z was in championship form.

Best debut album: Get Rich or Die Tryin', 50 Cent. As if anybody else had a shot. Get Rich was one of those albums that went past just being an album. It was an accessory. If you didn't own a copy ... forget that; you did have a copy. Somebody bought 5 million copies of the album.

Best artist: 50 Cent. Not since Snoop Dogg has a newcomer hit the scene with such force. Not only does 50 get this slot for his stunning debut album, he also deserves top kudos for his relentless work ethic. He built street buzz a year before his album was released. The guy's a student of the game.

Best single: "Through the Wire," Kanye West. West has been one of the hottest producers in the game for a few years now. But his turn as a rapper was greeted with skepticism. Shouldn't have been. West turned out a winner with "Through The Wire." It was witty, funny and the elixir for an industry too saturated with thugs. West's debut album, College Dropout, should hit stores soon.

Best producer: Eminem, for his work with material by 50 Cent, Jay-Z, Obie Trice and Tupac. As awesome as Em is as an MC, when he stops rapping, he'll have a great career as a beatmaker. If you have 50 Cent's CD, check out "Patiently Waiting." If you bought Jay-Z's new album, listen to "Moment of Clarity."

Best Label: Def Jam. With albums by DMX, Ludacris and Jay-Z, Def Jam still stands out as the industry leader ... for now. The company isn't as formidable as it once was. DMX and Jay-Z each say that their just-released albums will be their last ones. Newcomer Joe Budden's debut CD inexplicably flopped. And Ja Rule, Def Jam's resident rock star, has taken an ugly fall from grace.

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