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!
Is it the de-evolution of society? Sure looks like. YC The Cynic is a smart guy and that really shows in the depth of the music that he is able to create. The “Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha” in the background gives the track a more maniacal sound.
I have always liked YC The Cynic but I am pretty sure this is going to be his best project to date. Both of the cuts I have heard previously have been creatively dope. GNK drops August 26th.
I am a sucker for Greek mythology combined with hip hop flavor. A weird combination indeed but imagine how my curiosity was piqued when I saw the title: Molotovs At Poseidon.
It did not disappoint at all. I went through what remains of my inbox and this track was a glaring omission on my part. A dope production with superb lyricism from YC The Cynic.
This track will apparently be surfacing on his debut album which drops in August, entitled, GNK.
Oh yes, The Jammington. Oh you slept on that, didn’t you? You seemingly forgot how ill Chaundon can be behind the microphone? No mind…there’s still time to pick up the album and right the wrongs you have committed.
This video is simple yet also exceptional. I dig the contrasting styles of Chaundon and YC The Cynic.
The remix for YC The Cynic’s, More And More, includes more than just a couple of dope alternate invites. It looks like he solicited some of the Carolina’s best. The original song from Fall FWD is dope but I may yet prefer this “Carolina” version. On a side note, every time I hear a King Mez guest shot, I crave to hear a solo album. Maybe soon?
This truly awesome cut is coming off of YC The Cynic’s March 2011 release, Fall FWD. I should have reviewed this back then because it is really good but will have to be forgiven for my lapse. Be sure to check it out!
When Soul Khan released his debut album, Soul Like Khan, he could have rested on his laurels and taken a breather, but to the contrary the man has just stepped up the pace a bit. He released the single Soulstice II and he had a remix released for Shot Glass Magnified ft. Sene. The new beat was brought on by The Audible Doctor. I also just saw on bandcamp that someone is doing a mash up album of Soul Like Khan. I haven’t heard it yet but the the prequel is HERE.
Koncept also has been keeping himself busy since releasing his EP, Playing Life. He released a physical CD of that same project and added a few extra tracks for the effort. He also has dropped a few notable gems like Day Dreaming , the remix to Playing Life (prod. by Marink), and most recently his DJ Booth feature, Things You Do. His street album, More Than Meets The Eye drops on February 22nd, so be on the lookout for that!
The Audible Doctor basically has produced 1/2 of the cuts previously mentioned. He has also blessed heads like Magestik Legend, Boog Brown, and most recently he did a beat for one of my favorite emcees, Silent Knight, for the cut Staying Busy which will be featured on here very soon.
J57 is the man who is always passing on what the BBAS are doing and it is much appreciated. In addition to keeping the world informed he has also been on his grind as of recent. Late in 2010 he and Sene released the EP, Eye Don’t Dream…But I Do. He also released the Digital Society instrumental album, which had some GREAT bonus tracks including a remix called Still Phenomenal. He also has done a video for the title track featuring Jefferson Price which you can see below. Most recently he did this extremely dope beat for Top $ Raz ft. YC The Cynic called The Plague.