12 singles, 12 shots of musical style.
Nas - “Nasty”
A sincere “fuck you” if you don’t think that Nasir Bin Olu Dara Jones didn’t snap on this. Make room for the King, ni—a.
Snoop Dogg - “Its D Only Thing”
The West Coast G’s shoutout to the Pittsburgh Steelers off ‘Doggumentary’ is SERIOUS
motivational hip-hop. David Banner on the boards makes the bass snap extra hard.
Slaughterhouse 2011 BET HipHop Awards Cypher
Yelawolf, Slaughterhouse and Em changed this cipher FOREVER with this performance.
Not a single in the technical sense but we bet you have it on your iPod..Hi Rihanna.
‘Give It To You’ - Elle Varner w/ J.Cole
Remember those days where your day wasn’t complete without a fly sister dropping
sweet melodies over a hip-hop breakbeat? Elle Varner fulfills your fix with the help
of Young Simba himself.
Electric Sunshine - Recloose
One of those ambient dance tracks that can make you move and put you at ease,
Recloose shows another side of the ongoing musical re-emergence of Detroit.
You Already Knew - Black Star
Talib Kweli and Yaasin Bey gave us a sample of what’s to come with their new
album in 2012 with this quintessential soul-filled track.
The Greatness - Pac Div
The SoCal hip-hop trio put their stamp on 2011 with this lead single from their
album, The Div.
Rolling In The Deep - Adele
The British songstress threw us all for a loop with this song from her second album,
and inspired a few superstar covers.
N——s In Paris - Jay-Z & Kanye West
The track that inspired umpteen freestyles, spawned not one but TWO catchphrases
of the year and was also responsible for an NYC subway rendition not soon forgotten
Words I Never Said - Lupe Fiasco w/Skylar Grey
Lupe channels his label frustrations and other issues perfectly into this track, supported
by stirring vocals from Skylar Grey and in the process expanded his fanbase greatly.
Thursday - The Weeknd
This song made The Weeknd a star and raised more than eyebrows on the ladies.
Lonely Boy - The Black Keys
Serious hard-driving rock made this the centerpiece for their album El Camino.