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!
I am really enjoying this track from Lord Lhus & PSL. The production from Dirty Dike is phenomenal. There is something enchanting about the female vocals in the chorus that compliments the tough bars from the emcees. The video also has a lot of artistic value with things as simple as lighting and transitions.
This cut is the first single from the forthcoming Lhus/East Garden album, International RhymeZ Connect.
Creative Juices is one of the most respected names in independent hip hop yet blogs continually ignore their presence for the large part. Pathetic. These guys always put out quality music and this time is no exception. IDE and Alucard represent CJM, alongside Lord Lhus on the joint Stone Cutters. The chemistry on the mic is evident. The emcees drop sixteens on questioning creation and existence, enabling me to say they are truly “dropping science”. The production is that atypical grimey sort that IDE has been known for. For those unfamiliar with Creative Juices Music you need to hop on over to their website and see what they have been up to and where they are going. There are big things going on over there.
The second single featured over at their Bandcamp site is, Cross Hairs, which features Team Homi. And while some of the names may not be household yet by any means, you should know who Swave Sevah is. Swave Sevah battle tested and “hip-hop head” approved. Swave has one of the most distinct voices in the game and has paid many dues. His appearance alone was a co-sign that this joint would knock, as he states “my name ain’t involved unless it’s worth it“. This track is worth it indeed. Every emcee on this track brings some fire letting the masses know that Team Homi is not to be lightly regarded.
Also, if you have not done so already, make you cop Swave Sevah’s mixtape, Ong Bak.
Meanwhile , enjoy the tracks below, and download them at your leisure.