Maze Overlay is busy prepping a new project for the masses and once again he strikes gold with this Sadhugold produced single, Reggie Miller. Every song is a win for this artist and that’s not over-talking it. This production is lethal, and while Asun Eastwood and Bub Styles both add some fire, we also know some serious heat is coming from Arizona. Maze Overlay is top tier. In terms of making dope music and songs, few if any are surpassing this man. Razor sharp wordplay. Look out for the album.
50 Best Songs Of 2022
Lists of this magnitude are tough to do and I take a great deal of pride in crafting. I think the first ten to fifteen are easy to distinguish and then after, I think the places can be somewhat become interchangeable. All great tracks, where the pecking order becomes less discernible. So many artists could have been included multiple times on this list, but then we lose depth. Artists like Mickey Diamond and Jay Royale could have had multiple entries. As it stands only one emcee, Ransom, got two tracks selected for this list.
In the end, this is a testament to the strength of hip hop in 2022. We can agree to disagree on many points but maybe you will find something dope you hadn’t heard or a new artist to support. This is my hope.
Thanks for your time and readership!
-Stef aka thathiphopguy
|#1 – Done||M-Dot & Apollo Brown||This is the track that sets the tone for the entire year and this is what M-Dot and Apollo Brown typify: Hard work and talent!|
|#2 – Unruly||Vandal & Nottz||A song that gets caught in the head and does not let go. It is a personal anthem.|
|#3 – Power Nap||Nicholas Craven & Boldy James||Boldy and Craven is a beautiful union and nobody makes me crave a little rest like this cut. Beautiful music.|
|#4 – A Most Dreadful Symphony||Ransom & V Don||This song’s whole vibe gives me chills.|
|#5 – Chain Gretzky||Mickey Diamond & Big Ghost||No song went harder than this in 2022.|
|#6 – War I Bring||Sherm LaRock & Midaz||No song went harder than this in 2022…except above|
|#7 – Area 57 (ft. Skyzoo)||J57||Dope rhymes. Fluid flows. A Change Up. Perfect.|
|#8 – Qtna||Defcee & Boathouse||From the best album of 2022, you would expect a Top 10 song.|
|#9 – Highly Favored (ft. Bub Styles & Mickey Diamond)||Ty Farris & Slim One||It’s raw hip hop with a fantastic producer and three consummate emcees.|
|#10 – Linchpins (ft. Prince Po)||Guilty Simpson||The strings are glorious and the rhymes abound.|
|#11 – Everywhere I Go (ft. Muja Messiah, Guilty Simpson, and Copywrite)||Dub Sonata||The connections and cohesion on this joint are unparalleled. So clever!|
|#12 – Paint Pictures (J.Rocc Remix)||XP The Marxman||Hip-Hop holds true to it’s purest form on this joint.|
|#13 – The Most Exalted||IAMGAWD||Pen game is strong with this one. Glorious.|
|#14 – 3x||Madhattan & NV||Pied Piper type smooth. Follow the flute and dope flow.|
|#15 – Sal’s Pizza||38 Spesh & Harry Fraud||Spesh and Fraud are an elite combination, and you can hear it here.|
|#16 – Why Bitch||Starvin B & DustyVibes||Starvin B is a regular on these lists and this year is no different.|
|#17 – No Time To Waste (ft. Jadakiss)||Apathy & Stu Bangas||If you love sick lyricism this is the joint for you.|
|#18 – Cancel Myself||Ren Thomas & Brutal Caesar||You make a mockery of hip hop so Thomas and Caesar make a mockery of you.|
|#19 – Immortals (ft. Casual)||Lunar Heights||Great track and the Casual cameo is spot on.|
|#20 – Keeper Of The Flame||Mooch & Oh Jay||Smooth track and crisp flow.|
|#21 – Gunsmithz (ft. Phat Kat, Asun Eastwood, Recognize Ali)||Ol’ Man 80zzz||Another track in 2022 that knocks harder than most.|
|#22 – Stuck In Our Ways (ft. Rigz, MAV, Mooch)||Real Bad Man||It’s Da Cloth!!! Flames!|
|#23 – Carlito & Kleinfeld||Jay Royale & Kool G Rap||It’s that certified street shit featuring a legend with one of today’s strongest.|
|#24 – Bone Tomahawk||Spit Gemz||This is an intro to Gemz project and packs a lot of heat in a minute’s time.|
|#25 – Fire Slingers (ft. Snak The Ripper)||N.B.S.||Yeah. This track stays true to the namesake. They are spitting flames on here.|
|#26 – Scud Missle||Planet Asia & Snowgoons||Legends unite to give you this heat rock. These guys are at the pinnacle of their craft.|
|#27 – Roar Of The Lions||El Gant||Another track that just “feels” like hip hop. It gets you hype to be a fan.|
|#28 – Slay||Johaz & Nottz||Nottz does it again this time taking you to church with Johaz.|
|#29 – Dis Could Be Bad||MAV||It could be bad, but MAV is oh so good.|
|#30 – Raekwon’s Table||Ullnevano & God Sense Beats||Not all are worthy to sit at Raekwon’s Table. But these artists show and prove.|
|#31 – Lo Pan||Teek Hall||Teek Hall is name you should know and when this song gets caught in your head, you’ll remember.|
|#32 – Hans Gruber (ft. Lil Fame)||Wais P & Pete Twist||Bruce Willis may not approve but the hip hop community agrees this is a banger.|
|#33 – Diamond Backs (ft. Daniel Son)||Maze Overlay||Northside and AZ link up over some Farma heat.|
|#34 – Compromised||Ransom||Ransom is too talented to not make this list twice.|
|#35 – Guerrero (ft. Westside Gunn)||Benny the Butcher||The power and talent of Griselda is undeniable. This joint feels like it was actually made in a lab.|
|#36 – Triple Threat (ft. RIM & Frankky Smaccz)||Eddie Kaine||Flamethrower bars over some production from the talented Hobgoblin.|
|#37 – Both Sides||The Tangiers||Every time this cut comes on, my head nods instantly. Drops heavy.|
|#38 – One Bridge (ft. Fashawn & K-Prez)||Snowgoons||The organ that drives this track is the perfect set up. And the emcees give such great energy!|
|#39 – Bars After Bars||Fatt Father & DJ Jewels Baby||The Wu-Tang flip is insane and the bars and flow speak for themselves.|
|#40 – Museum Piece (ft. Torae)||Napoleon Da Legend & Just Music Beats||This song has the necessary hype and talent equivalent to make the list. Lyricism for days.|
|#41 – Hamster Wheel||Locksmith||One of the most authentic artists in hip hop delivers a virtuoso performance.|
|#42 – Tyrant||Shabaam Sahdeeq & John Jigg$||Two of my favorites link up for some lyrical gold here.|
|#43 – Dudesovadere (ft. Dro Pesci)||Mic Handz||This project is full of bangers and needs to be heard. This is just one of those harbody tracks.|
|#44 – Too Convinced||Nelson Dialect & BigBob||This joint is just so melodic. It honestly should be higher on this list but what’s done is done. Incredible track.|
|#45 – Queens Gambit||Shaz Illyork & Buon Anni||So good to hear Illyork over these banging beats from Buon Anni.|
|#46 – Big Coffins (ft. Mickey Diamond and Pro Dillinger)||Snotty||It’s The Umbrella posse cut that bodies the competition.|
|#47 – Bill and Fame (ft. Tone Spliff)||The Bad Seed||A tribute of sorts to M.O.P. and no one is more set to do it properly than Seed!|
|#48 – Riot||Daniel Son x Futurewave x 36 Cypher||Yes. This joint could easily cause a riot. Everything is intense on this cut.|
|#49 – It’s Like That (ft. DJ Grazzhoppa)||Supreme Cerebral||Supreme Cerebral slays tracks and he takes this rock infused beat and wreaks havoc.|
|#50 – Gawds Wrath Massacre (ft. Don Streat x Rico Blox x J Fliz x Jae Hussle x Street Da Villain)||Slik Jack & Kng Bondalero)||I needed to set off the list with this ill posse cut because this beat by Bondalero is an anthem.|
Single You Out: Old Man 80zz – Gunsmithz (ft. Phat Kat x Asun Eastwood x Recognize Ali)
Damn this is one of the toughest joints of 2022 with Old Man 80zz on the boards lacing lava rocks. The drums and vocal sample set a perfect stage. And the emcees, Phat Kat, Asun Eastwood, and Recognize Ali all show up in a big way with their bar work. Asun however really stands out to me. His flow with this beat has such a vicious sound. Tell me I am wrong. This record gets maximum rotation.
Asun Eastwood x Finn – Soul’s Mystery (Video)
New video from the ever prolific, Asun Eastwood and producer Finn. Eastwood has been grinding at a torrid place when it comes to creating dope music, but this has a different feel to it. An elevation, where producer and emcee are in perfect sync, fused together for this track. Finn layers the track with various samples lead by a guitar, while Eastwood finds next level comfort in the cut, as his words pour from the music. Really feeling it.
This song is from the duo’s just released project, The S.O.UL., and I am about to check the complete project at some point today. You should too!
Daniel Son x Asun Eastwood x Futurewave x 36th Cypher – Portable Stoves (Video)
Whatever moniker these guys put out their music under, Futurewave, Asun Eastwood, and Daniel Son only drop gems. Ever since they got their sound out a few years ago, their names stay ringing. And we all keep close tabs on when they are going to drop their next projects. So now we have Bite The Bullet, a subsequent offering from last year’s joint, Physics Of Filth (which I still bump steadily). It’s potent material that hip hop fans are going to be sure to love.
Single You Out: Dark Arts – Coke War (ft. Daniel Son x Asun Eastwood x Scott G)
Here’s a hot one from producer, Dark Arts, that has a really cool vibe to it. The piano keys pace the slow key drums. I can definitely vibe with it and the emcees, Daniel Son, Asun Eastwood, and Scott G deliver some gold over the rhythm. Everyone should be feeling this one!
Physics Of Filth -Moonwalk (ft. Black Nazi) (Video)
Good lawd. If you don’t own the new album from Physics Of Filth (Daniel Son x Asun Eastwood x Futurewave) stop reading this, and go pick it up now. This is album is more necessary than any deal that you can cop on Black Friday. Guaranteed to be one of the illest releases this year and this song Moonwalk featuring Black Nazi is just the tip of that frozen cold goodness. Do not sleep on this one iota! The bars are undeniable heat and what Futurewave is doing to these dirty rhythms is just unparalleled. He’s been the crux of two of the best albums to drop this year.
Sleep not. Fair warning.
Single You Out: Daniel Son x Asun Eastwood – Baby Tech (ft. Mooch)
You know what it is!!! It’s time for that Physics Of Filth (Daniel Son, Asun Eastwood, and Futurewave) project and Baby Tech is the first offering featuring Da Cloth’s Mooch. This production is a bit unorthodox , a jazzy madness, that really allows you to focus on the lyricism of the aforementioned. I am excited about this one!
Asun Eastwood – Verified Account (Video)
Here’s some new from Asun Eastwood, and we are DEFINITELY feeling this joint. This production is scathing and Eastwood definitely lets you know that his hard work is paying off in spectacular fashion. This is probably one of my favorite tracks from him and he has an abundance, so that’s saying something.
Single You Out: Daniel Son x Asun Eastwood – Underbelly
This is quite the combo right here with Daniel Son and Asun Eastwood rocking over production from Futurewave. You’ve got some edgy bars from the emcees , and the production matches that edge with some engaging boom-bap. This is the squad right here.