Terrence Wood and the Snowgoons have a lot of years and musical history behind them, and you can see they haven’t stopped. Track back track they never lose a step no matter how much time goes by. And this song is the next stop in the musical journey. The Snowgoons lace a melodic banger for Wood’s bars, and he really does decimate the competition line by line. Great wordplay and music that is accompanied by a spot-on video that visualizes that pen game.
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.|
The Bad Seed – Already Dead (prod. by Snowgoons) (Video)
Very few have been as prolific as The Bad Seed has been in the last couple of years, but yet somehow that just gets discounted. This man is a beast on the mic! I’ve been listening to him since you could only find his music on 12″, and he is just getting better as the years go on!
Here he demonstrates that high skill level over a beat from none other than the Snowgoons! That’s a match made in heaven in my mind. Those subtle strings and that voice/flow sound like destiny. The results are dope and this is a precursur to the new album, ALPHA which I hope will make it’s way to us soon!
M-Dot – No Excuses (prod. by Snowgoons) (Video)
Nobody is better equipped to talk about what it takes to make it in the game better than M-Dot. All these other artists looking at hip hop with the “fast food approach” but they weren’t prepared or equipped to take it there through hard work. And as the old adage goes…hard works always trumps talent. But with M-Dot you don’t have to split hairs there, you get to see what happens when hard work accompanies talent!
This is another video single from the standout album, egO anD The eneMy produced by another incomparable artist, the Snowgoons.
Snowgoons – Wardance b/w Bad Generals (ft Recognize Ali, Lord Goat. DJ TMB, Ren Thomas) (Video)
This is a video combo single from the Snowgoons’ recent album, Snowgoons Infantry. It’s two dope tracks mashed together to showcase some of the talent that’s contained on their many highly regarded projects. The first track features (once again) Recognize Ali, Lord Goat, and DJ TMB. The second cut features bars from Ren Thomas who is just vicious with his sixteens these days.
DJ Illegal x Side Effect -Rock Bottom (Video)
DJ Illegal of the Snowgoons linked up with Side Effect for a new project this past Halloween called, Musica De Los Muertos. There’s something a little maniacal in the lyricism, music, and the visuals. It’s a little like an audible walk through a distorted funhouse. Enjoy!
Nine – I Am (Video)
Nine – Killmonger (Video)
Nine has been keeping his name buzzing for a few months as his new project, King, is set to drop on Septemeber 9th. I am admittedly needing a late pass on this cut/video because it has been out for a moment. It’s been sitting in my inbox for more than a few days and I just peeped it moments ago, and it’s pretty damn sensational. Nine sets himself apart on this track Killmonger, produced by the Snowgoons, offering an alternative to the cookie-cutter mentality that abounds out there. The writing was really on point and the track has an epic sound about it.
Snowgoons – I Walk Alone (ft. Cunninlynguists) (Video)
Two independent hip hop icons link up when Snowgoons and Cunninlynguists unite for the cut I Walk Alone. The vibe of the track is very soulful and also a very fitting joint for the ‘lynguists to rock over. It’s a very appropriate joint to utilize as the first single for the Snowgoons’ upcoming project, Black Snow 2.0.
Enjoyable hip hop from some of the best!
Single You Out: Cage & 2Ugli – Eye for an Eye (prod. Trillian)
Here’s something new from 2Ugli’s bandcamp featuring someone I hadn’t heard from in a long while, Cage. The track is produced Serbia’s own, Trillian, and he is lacing the two emcees with some deep darkness. DJ Danetic on the the cuts. I hope you guys enjoy this treat.