It's the middle of the year, so Complex is looking back at The Best of 2010 (So Far) with a series of features that highlight our favorite stuff from the world of entertainment, fashion, art, and more.

What keeps the Complex office cranking on those long closing days? The right music. Whether it's grimy hip-hop or lo-fi indie rock, we're always looking for that hot LP that we can put on and let rock all the way through. And in this age of one-off MP3s, those end-to-end burners are harder than ever to find, but we managed to find some strong contenders for the first countdown in our Best of 2010 (So Far) series. For this feature, we considered all albums and mixtapes (seriously, what's the fucking difference, people) that were released BEFORE July 2010, and we came up with a diverse set of 25 that we're co-signing with pleasure.

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