Juan Deuce is the lab cranking out an album with Falside. Meanwhile, to subdue the throngs of fans he let loose this cut, Slapdash. It’s a dope joint with a droning bass line and Deuce doling out verbal treats for the kiddies. If you hadn’t checked out last year’s mixtape, No Sweat, now would be the appropriate time to get on that.
Disclaimer: It is hard and challenging to pick 50 tracks from the thousands upon thousands that dropped this year. It is merely an attempt to list my favorite cuts of 2012. Click the links to listen to the song! I think it’s a great list. There were a lot of great songs crafted this year and I know I left off some good ones. I listened to 5,000+ tracks from 2012 alone this year, so as an artist, if you made this list you know you are on the forefront of my iTunes!
1. Megatron Mindstate – Spit Gemz, Shaz Illyork, and DJ Brans brought the banger of the year early on in 2012. For me this track just set a standard that could not be surpassed. The beat was epic and the rhymes intermingled the streets with theology to provide a brief but concentrated delivery of dope.
2. Tragedy Text – RP from the Loyalty Digital game me the chills literally with this track about texting and driving and anyone who can provoke that type of response deserves to be acknowledged. One of the great conceptual songs in the last five years.
5. Lo Siento Amigo – Dub Sonata x Double AB brought a lot of flavor and context to this joint. Dub Sonata conjures a little latin boom bap and Double AB continues to be one of the best story telling emcees in the game, narrating a tale of romance, deception, and karma.
6. Local Artist – I could have honestly used any on the cuts off of The 17ths FREE EP. It’s a damn great EP and you can listen to it through and through. But this cut puts the listener in the shoes of your “local artist” and his life.
8. Heaven – While this is not on any particular album, Mike Beatz provides an amazing banger for the fans and the visuals from the video give you that serial killer feel. I can’t wait to hear more from this man in 2013.
34. Terminate On Site – CF drops another tough joint. Last year he brought ‘that fire’, and this year he ‘terminates on site’.
39. Rabbit Season – Craig G is an OG. He deosn’t care about end of the year accolades but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t deserve them. He once again shows these youngsters how it is done…proper. Kids….go get your shine box!
42. Unlearn – Reks and Numonics kill the game with this track. These are two of my favorites in their selected fields. You can’t listen to this without stopping what you are doing and paying attention to the music,.
Artist: Juan Deuce
Album: No Sweat
1. The Draft
2. Right On
3. People (ft. Romen Rok)
4. Falling Down
5. .38 Special
6. Larry Sellers
7. Left You
10. Menahan (ft. Jaysonic)
12. Show Me Love (ft. Jon Hope)
15. Jimmy Buffett
18. Clay On Words
Juan Deuce is not for the faint of heart. If you have a short memory span and don’t like well-woven wordplay he might not be for you. Throughout No Sweat, Juan Deuce takes concepts and ideas that don’t ordinarily blend and makes hip hop magic. In addition to that, this album is produced by some of my favorite producers in the business with the likes of Falside, The Audible Doctor, and J57 making contributions.
I can’t lay enough praise down for what Falside does behind the boards. He is a top five producer commercial or independent, period. I love the way he chops up this sample while Romen Rock and Juan Deuce drop their bars. Juan Deuce and Romen Rok have contrasting styles which makes this joint all the better. That divergency plays well with the production. this song is dropping on the yet to be released, No Sweat Mixtape, from Juan Deuce.
This was a great combo last year. Emilio Lopez and Falside killed it last year with their Top 50 joint, Way Past 8. Now they bring more heat for 2012. How Do I Survive?is on some rugged-n-raw type shit. I really enjoy that MOP sample Falside inserted in the cut. This joint has really got me anticipating Lopez’s, Demolition Deluxe dropping in February.
I have listened to The Write Off Compilations previously and they have all been really good, but I don’t know if either of the previous volumes had a song of this caliber. I am sure people are familiar with Stalley, and in truth his verse here is on the money. Some of you may not familiar with Apollo The Great, but you can tell from his 16 that he is some one to be reckoned with. These two body another stalwart beat from Falside. The whole compilation drops on December 19th!
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Artist: Rite Hook
Album: Draw You In
01. Draw You In (Feat. Lisa Bello)
02. Now And Then
03. Walk This Town (Feat. Planet Asia And Copywrite)
04. Bear With Me
07. She’s Crazy
08. Lock Eyes On The Enemy (Feat. Saigon And JoJo Pellegrino)
09. King Of The Throne
10. Cuttin Down (Feat. Stu Cat)
12. Take My Picture
14. Lose Control (Feat. Action Bronson)
16. Come Tommorrow
17. D.E.A.D End (Bonus Track)
I make no secrets on this blog about the artists I am feeling. And usually, the pattern repeats, as consistency appeals to me. This brings us to the latest work by Boston artist, Rite Hook. I have spoken to his appeal before but to recap previous posts, Rite Hook has great song making ability. He is able to put intelligent and emotional music together. He also has become a master at being able to construct dope hooks. His dark crooning really ties his songs together.
I am a little late in getting put on to Action Bronson but I am verrryy familiar with Falside production and when his beat came in on this, it left an indelible impression. Everything feels right about this joint. Action Bronson has a real nice delivery and flow on this cut and like I said, the production is, well,…a BANGER.