27 December, 2010@10:08 am
With so much music coming out on a daily basis, it’s hard to keep up with everything your favorite artists are doing. Copping their albums isn’t enough anymore, as rappers are tweeting out exclusive singles and remixes on a regular basis. This list represents the 25 hottest cuts you might have missed; the songs that didn’t blow up hugely, or basically didn’t have an official album (retail, street, or otherwise) to call home. While some of these may end up on future LP’s (i.e. Watch The Throne, etc), others were lost in clearance limbo. But the world could end tomorrow, so at this point they are resigned to the tapes……
25. Freeway – “Snappa Pow” (feat. Peedi Crack; prod. Jake One) – This one apparently comes from Freeway’s 2011 LP for Rhymesayers, which may or may not be produced entirely by Jake One. Whatever the story is, this one plays a bit like “Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop Pt. 2″. RSE Boys in the building tonight.
LISTEN: Freeway – “Snappa Pow” (feat. Peedi Crack; Prod. by Jake One)
24. Nipsey Hussle – “Feelin’ Myself” (feat. Lloyd) – Nipsey’s egotistical Epic Records single was an incredibly addictive west coast jam that never blew up like it should have. We’d like to suggest a remix with Snoop Dogg and Kendrick Lamar. It ain’t too late.
LISTEN: Nipsey Hussle – “Feelin’ Myself” (feat. Lloyd)
23. Dice Raw – “100 (Philadelphia Historical Remix)” (feat. Freeway, Schooly D, EST, & Bonic) - We’ve always had faith in Dice Raw, and he usually delivers, despite fools sleeping on him. What do you want, he rhymes next to Black Thought on the regular. “100″ in both it’s original form and posse cut remix was easily one of the hottest underground joints of the year.
LISTEN: Dice Raw – “100 (Philadelphia Historical Remix)” (feat. Freeway, Schooly D, EST, & Bonic)
22. Bugatti Boys (Diddy + Rick Ross) - Next year’s “B.M.F.”? As far as guilty pleasures go, this one revels in it, a street single from the Sean and Rick super-group that inspires standing on tables. Apparently from the Bugatti Boyz EP, dropping 2011.
LISTEN: Bugatti Boyz (Rick Ross + Diddy) – “Another One”
21. Jon Connor – “The Message (Remix)” (feat. Consequence + Saigon) – This Flint, Michigan native has ridiculous bars, as best demonstrated here, as he held his own next to Saigon and Consequence. Original version of the song appears on the Vinnie Chase mixtape release, as seen above.
LISTEN: Jon Connor – “The Message (Remix)” (feat. Consequence + Saigon)
20. Nas – “The Last Real Pt. 2″ – It’s Nas rhyming over Billy Squire’s “Big Beat” break. What else would you like to know? As heard on Green Lantern’s Invasion Radio 2K10 mix.
LISTEN: Nas – “The Last Real Pt. 2″
19. The Roots – “The Fire (Remix)” (feat. B.O.B.) – This excellent album cut from How I Got Over (assumingly inspired by The Road), got a surprising web-only remix featuring B.O.B., making an already hot song hotter. Excuse the pun.
LISTEN: The Roots – “The Fire (Remix)” (feat. B.o.B.)
18. Get Busy Committee – “Dancin’ On Your Grave (Remix)” (feat. Murs + Xzibit + Paul Wall) – Scoop Deville’s ominous track would have made this list with just the GBC rhyming on it, but added verses from Murs, Mr. X-To-The-Z, and Paul Wall took this grimey single to the next level.
<strong>LISTEN:</strong> Get Busy Committee – “Dancin’ On Your Grave (Remix)” (feat. Xzibit, Paul Wall, Murs)
17. Kendrick Lamar – “Look Out For Detox” – This ridiculous Inception-esque track was released a few days after Dre revealed that Kendrick would appear on Detox, in some capacity. This dude gets nasty with the double-time bounce, in what essentially is a freestyle that shows crazy potential. We can’t wait to hear some finished product….
LISTEN: Kendrick Lamar – “Look Out For Detox”
16. Drake – “Do It All” – We’re unsure what the story on this track, but it burns slow and melts like butta. Put this one on your next album, Drizzy.
LISTEN: Drake – “Do It All”
15. Blueprint – “Radio-Inactive” – Oh, you ain’t up on this? Thank God there is someone left making quality hip-hop bold enough as “Radio-Inactive”. But not everyone in the underground sounds great when they vent about the industry; Blueprint is an exception to that rule. Taken from the March 1, 2011 release, Adventures In Counter-Culture.
LISTEN: Blueprint “Radio-Inactive”
14. Skyzoo + Illmind – “Speakers On Blast (Remix)” (feat. Lloyd Banks + Maino) – The original version of this song actually made it on DJ Pizzo’s She’s The Model, I’m The DJ mix, taken right off the Live From The Tape Deck LP. You could not fuck with this beat, nor Skyzoo’s baritone flow as it was, resulting in a BET performance and this remix with Banks and Maino.
13. Lupe Fiasco – “We Beamin (All City Chess Club Remix)” – Lupe’s mellowed out buzz single for L.A.S.E.R.S got the “Flava In Ya Ear” remix treatment, featuring your favorite buzzing young rappers, as each Asher Roth, Charles Hamilton, Lupe Fiasco, The Cool Kids, Blu, Diggy Simmons, Dosage, and B.o.B. contribute verses. Yessur, the Chess Club got dressed up….
LISTEN: Lupe Fiasco – “We Beamin [Remix]” (feat. All City Chess Club)
12. Smif-N-Wessun + Pete Rock – “Prevail” (feat. Raekwon) – Pretty simple math here, as Pete laces up the breaks for Rae and the Cocoa Brovaz to spit on. Nice change ups in the second verse… Taken from Smif-N-Wessun and Pete Rock’s Monumental LP, due 2011 on Duck Down, apparently.
LISTEN: Smif-N-Wessun – “Prevail” (feat. Raekwon; prod. Pete Rock)
11. N.O.R.E. – “Nutcracker” (feat. Flava Flav; prod. Scoop Deville) – We’re suckers for Public Enemy samples, especially when Scoop Deville hooks them up. This didn’t quite hit as big as N.O.R.E. probably wanted it, but you can probably expect to hear it on the S.U.P.E.R.T.H.U.G. album, regardless. You want $16 for what?
LISTEN: N.O.R.E. – “Nutcracker” (prod. Scoop DeVille) (MP3)
10. Jay Electronica – “Shiny Suit Theory” (feat. Jay-Z) – Jay Elec freaks a scaled down version of The Ambassadors sample, last used by Pete Rock and C.L. Smooth on “I Got A Love”, while Jay-Z comes in and destroys it right after. Only thing missing is an M.F. Doom verse.
LISTEN: Jay Electronica – “Shiny Suit Theory” (feat. Jay-Z + The Dream) (MP3)
9. Jay-Z – “Most Kingz” (feat. Chris Martin; prod. DJ Green Lantern) – This brooding DJ Green Lantern single was more than just a throwaway for GL’s Invasion 2K10 mixtape, as Jay went as far as to cover it in his Decoded book. As the book reveals, this one has layers of lyrical double-entendres.
LISTEN: Jay-Z “Most Kingz” feat. Chris Martin prod. DJ Green Lantern
8. Big Boi – “Lookin’ For You (Jedi Remix)” (feat. Andre 3000) – Truth be told, either one of the “Tangerine” remixes could have been included on this list as well, but we can’t pass up an Outkast reunion. One that Jive tried to stop from happening, as a matter of fact. Big Boi released this track into the wild, despite label politricks.
LISTEN: Big Boi “Lookin’ 4 Ya” (Jedi Remix) feat. Andre 3000
7. Rick Ross – “Super High (Sativa Remix)” (feat. Curren$y + Wiz Khalifa + Ne-Yo) – From the soulful backdrop that propelled the original, new verses from Spitta and Wiz helped celebrate this trio’s favorite habit, sending the song airborne. The bassline is so smooth, the group UStreamed themselves listening to it for several hours, while ingesting 3 ounces of weed. That’s one ounce per rapper.
LISTEN: Rick Ross – “Super High (Smoker’s Remix)” (feat. Curren$y + Wiz Khalifa)
6. J. Cole – “Who Dat” – The North Carolina native and Roc Nation signee dropped a whole mixtape of classic joints with Friday Night Lights, of which “Who Dat” was not included. The scaled down production and abrasive rhyme style are vintage J. Cole, who was at his best on this bubbling underground single.
LISTEN: J. Cole – “Who Dat”
5. Ski Beatz + Mos Def + Whosane – “Taxi” – What a shame, what a shame. The best songs on Ski Beatz 24 Hour Karate School were deleted off the final tracklist, left in blogger limbo. Who knows if that was the reason for all of the delays, but one thing is for sure, Mos and Ski need to record a full-length LP together. Someone start a petition.
LISTEN: Ski Beatz + Mos Def + Whosane – “Taxi”
4. Pusha T – “Take One For The Team” (feat. Kanye West, Big Sean, Keri Hilson, Cyhi The Prince) – The G.O.O.D. Fridays sessions produced a lot of incredible music, and truthfully, we could have filled up many more spots on this list with tracks from it. One of the nastiest was Pusha T’s buzz single, featuring many of the GF usual suspects, and a beat that was so appalling. Yuuugch.
LISTEN: Pusha T – “Take One For The Team” (feat. Kanye West, Big Sean, Keri Hilson, Cyhi The Prince)
3. Lil Wayne – “6 Foot 7 Foot” – Yes, Wayne drops some bullshit verses when he tones it down for the club or radio. Other times, he shows off, absolutely murdering whatever beat he’s on. This, without a doubt, is one of those cases. If you can’t feel this, you can’t feel.
LISTEN: Lil Wayne – “Six Foot Seven Foot” (feat. Cory Gunz)
2. Kanye West + Jay-Z – “The Joy” (feat. Kid Cudi, Charlie Wilson, Curtis Mayfield; prod. Pete Rock) – Words cannot do it justice.
LISTEN: Kanye West – “The Joy” (feat. Pete Rock, Jay-Z, Charlie Wilson, Curtis Mayfield and Kid Cudi)
1. Jay Electronica – “Exhibit C” – Yes, this dropped on Dec 17th 2009, but it carried throughout the first quarter of the year as easily the hottest beat in the industry. Just Blaze’s ridiculous instrumental had an effect that was almost reminiscent of when O.C.’s “Time’s Up” dropped, making it the go-to beat for just about every freestyle, not to mention Game’s 20 minute manifesto. And let’s not forget Jay Elec’s now legendary verses. Instant classic.
LISTEN: Jay Electronica “Exhibit C”
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