Best Music 2010: Far East Movement Pick Their Favorite Album Of The Year
The critics keep weighing in with their opinions on what constituted the great songs and albums of the past year—but what about the artists who helped shape the sound of 2010? As a special holiday treat to you, we’ve picked a special class of singers, musicians and groups—artists we consider among the most creative emerging stars in pop—to participate in our special year-end feature, exclusively sharing with us their reflections on the albums, songs and performers that made their year really…pop. And in many cases, their answers were surprising.
Last week we showcased dazzling Grammy nominee Adam Lambert, who selected Sia’s We Are Born and her song “Be Good To Me” as his choice album and song of the year, respectively. This time around we’ve got Los Angeles hitmakers Far East Movement—a breakout act in 2010—giving Idolator readers their personal pick for the best LP from the past 12 months. Watch below. With songs as varied as their electro smash “Like A G6”, tender mid-tempo jam “Rocketeer” and club banger “2gether” peppering their album Free Wired, it makes sense that the gents of FM would pick eclectic MC Eminem’s acclaimed seventh studio LP Recovery as their choice for the year’s best. After all, while the iconic 38-year-old featured his pal Lil Wayne on the record, he also changed things up by collaborating with pop songstresses Rihanna and Pink on the record.
But Far East Movement weren’t the only ones giving Em props. In its first week of release, Recovery sold a staggering 741,000 copies—a stunning figure and a rare achievement in this age of rapidly-declining album sales. Eminem and Rihanna’s performance of the LP’s second single “Love The Way You Lie” (which spent 10 weeks at #1 on the Hot 100) was voted the best performance from this year’s MTV VMAs, and the MC snagged two American Music Awards in November. Even Anderson Cooper found Marshall Mathers fascinating enough to profile on 60 Minutes.
But if anyone needed further proof that Slim Shady was indeed back, along came the 2011 Grammy nominations earlier this month. The Detroit rapper scored 10 total—the most for any artist this year.
Anyway, enough of our yapping. Here’s Kev Nish, DJ Virman, J-Splif and Prohgress, aka fly quartet Far East Movement, telling you exactly why hip hop legend Em ruled in 2010.