Top 50 Songs (2013)

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. Said BeforeGoldini Bagwell

2. Rhyme Of The YearNino Bless

3. BelieversMayday

4. Outlive, Outshine Theo3

5.  WarStryfe and Marc Byrd

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Lyriciss – Maryland (ft. Pro’verb)

Oh fuck.  This is why I love hip hop.  It’s cuts like these right here that makes heads nod and days brighter.  When it comes to going for delf , Lyriciss and Pro’verb take it there.  Simply one of the best cuts when it comes to emcees repping their spot.  Coming out of PG county with that quotable wordplay.  I especially feel the sports references that Pro’verb is laying down…from Len Bias to the ‘Skins there were no breaks in those 16 bars.  Salute!  This cut is coming off of Lyriciss’ upcoming album, The Balance.  That album will be hitting you on October 29th so do yourself a service and check it.

Single You Out: Lyriciss – Vent (Prod. Numonics)



This is the lead single from J57 and Numonics’ collaborative project, LI FTW, which I had no idea existed until now.  But this has instantly become one of the most anticipated projects this year.   Those two are among the dopest beatsmiths in the here and now.

I also like how Lyriciss is getting the chance to showcase his ability to a wider audience.  He is a very potent emcee and people will start discovering that soon. He rides this beat and does some creative things cadence wise to make it more distinct.  Special shout out for the Quantum Leap line because you truly can’t go back…

Single You Out: Laelo Hood – Land Of Broken Dreams (Ft. Lyriciss and Kokayi)

Is it just me is is Laelo batting 100 right now?  What track has he dropped in 2011 that hasn’t been excellent?  None.  Zero. Zilch.  This time he teams up with another favorite of mine, Lyriciss as they discuss the pitfalls of the music industry.  Shout out to The Bad Abbot on the production.  He has produced more than just a few bangers this year. This song is off of Laelo’s forthcoming album, Life In High Defnintion.

Single You Out: Lyriciss – The Balance

This song from Lyriciss is now being featured on DJ Booth and is one of the best cuts that have dropped in September.   This is one of those heart felt, introspective joints that simply just make listeners connect with the artist.  The track is produced by Grussle. I encourage you to check out this joint on rate it on the Booth.  Give this man and music the shine they deserve!


Laelo Hood – Cool ft. Pro’verb and Lyriciss (Video)

What area is putting in more work than the DMV right now? Laelo Hood just adds to the dopeness with fresh visuals for the cut, Cool, which is featured on Laelo Hood’s most recent album, Fuck The World. This cut is really on point. I liked it from the moment I first heard it. The window they put together is equally is nice. The whole 70s vibe with the two pane video is definitely a good look.