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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Swinn Da Example – Get It Right (Video)

Dee Metto put me on to this artist he had done some production for, Swinn Da Example.   I had never heard of him previously, so I didn’t know what to expect, but Metto’s cosign was all I needed to give it a chance.  I started off by listening to his mixtape, Off Da Back Burnah.    After the first few cuts from the album, I heard Swinn intermingling theology in his rhymes, which really accentuated his skills.  It was intelligent design.   But past track three of the mixtape I began to realize that this man was a devout Christian in addition to being an ill spitter.  I was impressed.  The man is convicted and has a powerful message to deliver which he does with exceptional skill over some boom bap beats.   This track is all about getting right in this life and ready for the next.  You need to do the most you can with your time here and stop slipping into your sinful ways.  I, as a delinquent Christian, was pretty moved by the project.  I think you should keep your minds open.