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10 Records From This Year That You Probably Didn’t Hear, Or Maybe You Heard Them, But Didn’t Realize Just How Great They Were?


  • Droop-E, BLVCK Diamond Life: What Tim Hecker did to David Lee Roth on My Love Is Rotten To The Core, Droop-E does to Sade.
  • GMane, Sex, Drugs, & Money: Spacey, almost psychedelic, edifying gangster rap. The first digital download I’ve ever paid for.
  • Jim O’Rourke, All Kinds Of People ~ Love Burt Bacharach: My album of the year.
  • Little Brother, Leftback: Seemingly invigorated by their dissolution, Phonte and Pooh rediscover themselves on the album where they call it quits. Strangely appropriate.
  • No Gang Colors, This Is Your God: 11 perfect minutes of noise-metal-hip-hop deconstruction done right. Drink, smoke, drop acid, and fight to this.
  • Robert Hood, Omega: Heady, barely-there dance music made to soundtrack a chintzy Charlton Heston post-apocalypse flick.
  • Starlito, Renaissance Gangster: World-weary like Wayne, weed-obsessed like Curren$y, and far more consistent than both. With Burn One beats!
  • Uffie, Sex Dreams & Denim Jeans: Really! Go listen to it! It’s great!
  • Valient Thorr, Stranger: Wrote lots about this one here. A politically-engaged party metal masterpiece.
  • Z.O.M.E, Welcome To The Zoo On Mars: The tripped-out, youth swag rap all the blogs never got around to discovering.

Written by Brandon

December 29th, 2010 at 6:12 pm

Posted in 2010

Metal Lungies Beat Drop Best Of 2010

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I contributed to the epic “Beat Drop” feature on Metal Lungies. My picks were The Diplomats’ “Salute” (produced by AraabMuzik), Starlito’s “GH” (produced by DJ Burn One), “Stop Playing With Me” from Young Jeezy (produced by Dready), E-40’s “Back In Business” (produced by Droop-E), and “24″ from Little Brother (produced by Khrysis). Read part one here and part two here.

Written by Brandon

December 29th, 2010 at 6:00 am

Posted in 2010, Metal Lungies

MIX: 25 Best Rap Songs, 2010.


25 Best Rap Songs 2010.

Had a few requests for a .zip of these songs, so I decided to make a mix instead (hit me up on Twitter if you want a zip though). Tried to sequence these in a way that maximized listenability and added something of a narrative to the year. So, we begin with ST from G-Side deconstructing Drake’s “Over,” telling the story of his label Slow Motion Sounds, and quipping (the way a rapper in 2010 only could), that his freestyle “will be all over the world” within a few hours. And we end with Bun B and DJ Premier paying a quick tribute to Guru and then, making rap that’s on auto-pilot sure, but is excellent nonetheless. In between, there’s some radio hits, some tracks everybody liked, a few I dare say are slept-on, and probably too much Baltimore hip-hop. Enjoy!

Written by Brandon

December 28th, 2010 at 5:39 am

Posted in 2010, Uncategorized, mix CD

25 Best Rap Songs, 2010.


  • Big Pokey, “Keep On Pushin” (freestyle over Bun B’s “Pushin”)
  • Big Remo ft. David Banner, “Wonderbread”
  • Bun B, “Let Em’ Know”
  • Cali Swag District, “Teach Me How To Dougie”
  • Curren$y, “King Kong”
  • DB49 ft. G-Mane, “Can’t See”
  • Diddy-Dirty Money, “Someone To Love Me”
  • The Diplomats, “Salute”
  • Droop-E ft. 1st Place & Work Dirty, “Hungry”
  • E-40, “Back In Business”
  • Fabo, “Put Some Gik”
  • G-Side ft. Chris Lee, “Money In The Sky”
  • Gucci Mane, “Dats My Life”
  • Lil B, “The Age Of Information”
  • Lil Wayne, “I’m Single”
  • Little Brother, “Tigallo For Dolo”
  • Los, “Stand The Rain”
  • Mullyman, “MULLY!”
  • Rich Boy ft. Yelawolf, “Go Crazy”
  • Roscoe Dash ft. Soulja Boy, “All The Way Turnt Up”
  • Soulja Boy, “First Day Of School”
  • ST 2 Lettaz, “It’s Ova” (freestyle over Drake’s “Over”)
  • Starlito, “Tired Of Being Tired”
  • Yelawolf ft. Rittz, “Box Chevy”
  • Z.O.M.E, “Mars Ball”

Written by Brandon

December 24th, 2010 at 4:17 am

Posted in 2010, Lists