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 Before – Goldini Bagwell
2. Rhyme Of The Year – Nino Bless
3. Believers – Mayday
4. Outlive, Outshine – Theo3
5. War – Stryfe and Marc Byrd
It’s time for another Producer’s Spotlight and this time we are going more domestic than imported. IMAKEMADBEATS is the first producer from the United States to be featured in this segment and we are really proud to showcase his talents on HHD. He’s worked with some incredibly talented artists but some of his best work can be featured on MidaZ the Beast’s new album, AU: Another Universe. Definitely make sure you check that release out if you have not already. You should also check out IMAKEMADBEATS’ Daylight/Nightlight EPs.
Artist: Curtessy x The Militia
- A New Day
- What It Seems
- One (ft. Khrysis)
- Expectations (ft. Wally Left x Rome Clientel)
- The Lifestyle (ft. MidaZ The BEAST)
- All My Life
- South Central (ft. Pro Logic)
- Aint No Love
- End Of The Day
One thing that I have learned for certain in 2013 is that The Militia is an elite production outfit. They concoct some raw and innovative boom bap for artists, in this case, Curtessy to spit over.
Expectations is an interesting title for this album, because not really knowing what Curtessy was about, I really had no expectations for this release. But as it turns out, with this release, he’s starting to set those expectations with this release. And he sets that bar high.
The project of course features spine-snapping drums and soulful rhythms from The Militia but also a very driven Curtessy. It sounds like he is a man who has been doubted before. But on this release, he shows that South Central emcees can come with the lyrics too. He got the nice wordplay but it is derived from his real life experiences and what’s what makes this joint special.
Expectations on the whole is dope but some of my favorite cuts are One, the posse cut Expectations, and All My Life. These three cuts illustrate the incredible production from The Militia and Curtessy’s complete repertoire. Give this project a chance and become a fan.
Kap Kallous comes with plenty of ammunition and support with the likes of MidaZ The Beast and Shiboi Stalin on the track Bad Decisions. The production credits go towards long time collaborator, Optiks. In particular, Kallous kills his verse, so pay careful attention.