2009 Hip-Hop Lists Rap

2009 Wrap-Up: Top Hip-Hop 13 Tracks of 2009

I probably shouldn’t even list these as “top hip-hop tracks” because I really haven’t heard everything in the world of hip-hop this year. Drake caused every rapper to want to do a decent mixtape, or put out a song a week or whatever. There were a lot of new artists in the rap game this […]

2009 albums Hip-Hop Lists Rap

2009 Wrap-Up: Top Hip-Hop Albums #5 to #1

You’ll notice Kid Cudi and K’Naan made both lists, but couldn’t land the top spot here because Raekwon stuck to his hip-hop roots. As an overall album, I like Cudi’s better, but Raekwon owned this list from a hip-hop perspective. 5. Drake – So Far Gone Mixtape Arguably one of the most successful mixtapes in […]

Indie Pop Mash-ups Rap

Back By Popular Demand…

So yea, I like this song. Back from sunny Puerto Vallarta, it looks like I have some catching up to do. I’ll be rolling out some annual “best of ’09” lists over the next 2-3 weeks. Until then, below are a few items worth noting, before I head to frigid Michigan for a few days. […]

Hip-Hop Mixtape

New Mixtape: The Nark Before Christmas

Back by popular demand, a new hip-hop/rap mixtape just in time for the Holidays. This is probably the most geographically diverse Nark I’ve made to date. The South offers up some street-drama and posse cuts via Bobby Ray aka B.o.B. (“I Feed These Streets”), Spree Wilson (“WORD”), The Clipse (“Popular Demand”) and DJ Khaled w/Usher, […]

Hip-Hop Mixtape Nark Rap

New Mixtape: Nark Trek

Well, if you haven’t downloaded these rap/hip-hop mixtapes because they were too hip-hop or ghetto, Nark Trek might be your thing.  This is probably the pop-iest (not a real word, I know) Nark, I’ve made in years.  Thats alright though, as long as summer-time music has good beats, I’ll sacrifice lyrical quality.  For better or […]


Clipse + Kanye West – A Very "Big Deal"

“I guess I’m like the black Marshall meets Jay” – Kanye West Of course, this dream hip-hop pairing drops while I’m at work with no headphones.  5:30 couldn’t come fast enough.  There are numerous quotables on this fiery track, not to mention the sly production by DJ Khalil.  And for those that were wondering if […]


New Villager: "Rich" in 2009

Now that 2008 is settled.  Lets move on.  One of the many tracks that caught my ear so far this year comes from New Villager.  They are a talented duo (Ben Bromley and Ross Simonini) from Brooklyn, NY/California…other than that, that’s all I can tell you.  Their label, Two Syllable Records, mentions some randomness about […]