Guest List: Shirlette Ammons

Shirlette Ammons

Photo by Katina Parker

If her ace collaboration with funk rockers The Dynamite Brothers wasn’t evidence enough, Durham poet and M.C. Shirlette Ammons has a taste for the eclectic, and isn’t too inclined to color inside the lines. Fittingly, her look back at the albums that defined her year doesn’t follow the typical format, either. “I always feel a lil under-qualified to do a ‘best of’ list,” she says. “So I just compiled a list of albums based on personally-selected criteria.”


The Album I Had the Most Fun Listening To:
Sin, Sin, Sin, Le Butcherettes

The Album I’ve Listened to Most, Yet It’s the Most Under-Heard by the Masses
And Lovers Like, Shirlette and the Dynamite Brothers

Straight-Up Coolest Album:
Stone Rollin, Raphael Saadiq
What Were You Hoping For, Van Hunt
Black Up, Shabazz Palaces
Album I Most Anticipated to be Good and it Really Was:
King of Limbs, Radiohead
Bon Iver, Bon Iver
Weather, Meshell Ndegeocello
Album I Most Hoped Would be Good and it Really Was:
Undun, The Roots

Most Lyrically-Inspirational Album:
W.A.R., Pharoahe Monch
The King is Dead, The Decemberists

Album I Hate to Love:
Watch The Throne, Kanye West and Jay-Z

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