Stromberg G13 – 2012 Wrap Up (The Best of Rap)
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Another twelve months in our life are gone, y’all.
Though we’re not really into summarizing, nor doing any “best of” type of list, for the very first time we’re going to give you a special gift to wrap up 2012. An absolutely commercial free folder with twelve simple songs, tastefully picked and presented to you by Stromberg G13, who also wrote what’s below line for line, to push up and spread some strettoblaster.com gusto.
If you think we forgot something, yes, we did it, for sure, but this is what we’ve enjoyed the most, according to our ambassador, and if you have any to say, just say it. But now, ladies and gents, please stand up for the man known as G13.
BIGA – Manifesto Musicale
Shout outs to the Ragnampiza.net crew and their digital releases, as fresh as you may expect from these Italians in deep love with Music. Biga dropped some brilliant instrumentals for the sixth installment of the Beat a Confronto series, blending his passion for brasilian music with different moods and breaks from all over the world, yet strictly from Florence. The result is pure dope, simple and plain.
KA – Every…
Artist of the year, album of the year, that’s it. If you read these columns on the regular you already know how much we’ve praised the artist and his music. Brownsville finest dropped an intricate opus, made of pride, scars, deep thoughts over hypnotic loops, words that collide with each other to create vivid pictures from another planet. As he puts it, he own the night, the beat is the receipt. Check it out.
LUV NY – Acid ft O.C.
Luv NY is a supergroup consisting of the likes of Roc Marciano, AG and O.C. from D.I.T.C., Kool Keith, Kurious Jorge and Dave Dar, with the special production and musical direction of Ray West. Possibly, one of the most slept-on and dope records of the year. Minimal productions, ill loops and def rhymes. They used to call it hip hop.
DOMO GENESIS X ALCHEMIST – Me and My Bitch
The whole Oddfuture movement and legacy are bound to be slayed by time, as their marketing plans are now mostly covered and amped by majors and the industry. Though, some of them guys can really rap. That’s the case when it comes to Domo, who released an almost no-buzz’d album over Alchemist beats, and the result is a sleeve of well blunted tracks which can easily blast your stereo with no worries.
SKYZOO – Jansport Strings
Not a great Skyzoo’s fan, I must admit the Brooklynite dropped a solid album over various productions, trying to step up his game for 2012, but couldn’t be able to overshadow the lead single here, which is one of the best 9th Wonder produced tracks we’ve heard in a while. One time for Chi-Ali. Word.
ROC MARCIANO – 76
What can I say about the lyrical genius known as Roc Marci that I didn’t say yet? The cinematic spotter, steady flowing G from Hempstead, Long Island, took on hostage our systems since the release of Marcberg, two years ago, delivering an instant classic on its own. Reloaded is one of the best albums of 2012, top three to me. And the lead single, which is featured here, is just a pearl.
QUAKERS – Soul Power ft Dead Prez
Another hip-hop collective, brought to us by the eclectic Stones Throw records. PBW gave space to Geoff Barrow, 7-Stu-7 and Katalyst to come up with some 35 members to put together an album that sounds tremendously 2012.
The Dead Prez joint is my favorite gem off the whole project, aside that Jonwayne’s song, which really haunted my ‘hood for a while.
ODDISEE – You Know Who You Are
Mello Music Group put out great records in 2012, word up. But none of these -except for Stik Figa – really grab my attention as this opus from the man from Washington, DC, did. Speaking about it, the whole album is a fantastic example of Contemporary Black Music, wonderfully thought and delivered. Polyrhythms and percussions blow flawlessy alongside pianos and horns, grooves and arrangements are subtle yet rich, reminiscing of ancient moods and times, while lyrics are the perfect match for the whole system. Adult hip hop at his best, timeless.
MEYHEM LAUREN – Peace Dad
First and foremost, let’s make it clear: Tommy Mas is the best NY producer and beatmaker right now, but it seems nobody really noticed it. The guy behind Action Bronson first album, and some of the finest Queens tracks we’ve blasted in the last two years, brewed some precious joints for Meyhem Lauren this year, and the one featured here is the closing piece of a breath-taking opus. Lauren, on his side, gained more and more exposure for himself and the Outdoorsmen crew this year, and trust your Host, he deserve it.
CAPITAL STEEZ – Vibe Ratings
The untimely passing of this young king on December 24th left a void in hip hop history, no doubt. We’ve scooped him with Joey first, then peeped his own AmeriKKKan Corruption, and found a nice emcee, overshadowed by Joey’s presence maybe, but with his own flavour and taste, for sure. Go grab his mixtape here and give it a spin, if you didn’t do it yet. You’ll witness the strenght of dope music.
PRO ERA – Last Cypher
2012 is Pro Era year, no doubt. Joey Bada$$ put his trademark on it, and brought his crew with him to limelight’s attention, as the emergency of the Beast Coast can testify. The young guns from Flatbush have everything to shine on their own and make a name for themselves: rhymes, flow, personality, stage presence, fresh gear, and good taste in music. A bunch of guys who are the best thing ever happened to my sound system since a long time now, so let me big up them all.
KENDRICK LAMAR – Good Kid
Compton alumni made a name for himself this year, as his latest Good kid, m.A.A.d. City kept the attention of both music fans and work addicts worldwide, but to me is just a regular to non-interesting album with a couple of nice joints from a young and talented emcee, who is about to blow via Dr. Dre. The song featured here has a dope yet simple beat, but it got several repeats on my ipod because of the Roy Ayers-reminiscent hook. Massive.
Out like 2013.
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