2. Common – The Believer
There was no denying the fact that about five years ago, Common was one of the most underrated artists in the history of the music industry. However, his 2005 album entitled Be not only saw the Chicago native achieve the commercial prominence within the business that he had deserved for entirely too long, but it also led directly to a promising acting career.
“Universal Mind Control” and “Announcement“, a few recently leaked collaborations with production masterminds The Neptunes, show Common displaying a distinct, refreshing style of lyrical delivery. With the phenomenal quality of his last two albums, Be and Finding Forever, there is no reason to believe that Common will not once again be competing for the accolade of hip-hop album of the year in 2008.