Extra Brolic Shit:
Lol - Danny Brown & Black Milk / Huzzah! (Extend-O-Mix) - Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire (feat. Despot, Das Racist, Danny Brown & El-P) / Light Years - Has-Lo & J-Zone / Science - DJ JS-1 & Jeru Da Damaja / Black Lagoon - Black-Tokyo / Drones Over BKLYN - El-P / That's Your Brain (Swangin) - PSY/OPSogist / Hoard 90 - Gangrene (feat. Roc Marciano) / Walls of Insurrection - Dälek & Gym Brown / M.A.S.H. - The Black Opera / Bubonic Plague #3 - Tenshun / Beware - Death Grips / an echo from the hosts that profess infinitum - Shabazz Palaces / Amphetamine - Teddy Faley & A.M. Breakups
So a couple of months ago I saw a headline in the Onion AV Club--"The Big Question: What makes music boring?" I was all, neighbour please. (That's the culturally appropriate variant of 'nigga please.') Music is definitely not boring right now. Then the article is all about a bunch of indie-rock bullshit which is by definition boring. So, that's your problem right there holmes.
Then the esteemed Dart Adams did his Abe Simpson of Rap thing with "Why There More Than Likely Won't Be Another Golden Era Of Hip Hop." No, Dart, there won't. There won't be another Renaissance or Enlightenment either. Hip-hop, like any human endeavour, progresses and adapts and changes. And right now it's accelerating and smashing shit on a Large Hadron tip.
2011 was the Year Shit Got Weird. The bar for weirdest-ass hip-hop LP was set by Dr. Octagonecologyst in 1996, and no one's ever made a freakier, more insane record. But this was the year when weird-ass shit was everywhere and universally acclaimed.
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Posted in all posts, annual reports on Dec 13th, 2011 Comments
Offical Hard Body Knocks of the Year 2011
Hey DJ - Juan Deuce & Falside / Who Is It - KRS-One & Bumpy Knuckles / Help Me - Pastense, HiCoup & Willie Green / The Heat (American Language Remix) - P.L.O. (feat. Has-Lo, Zilla Rocca & Curly Castro) / Villain - Metasyons / Culture Shock - Animal Farm (feat. DJ Rob Swift) / Ghetto Dreams - Nas & Common / Mo Danger - Mohammad Dangerfield / Hot Breeze - Sadat X / Memorex Massacre - Timeless Truth / Dumbtron - Willie Evans Jr. (feat. Paten Locke) / Tantrum - Longevity / I'm From PG - Oddisee / Give It More - Canibus & Killah Priest / The Scroll - Raekwon / 1987 (A Conglomeration of Years) - Adam Warlock & Agartha Audio
Best Rappity-Rapping Records of the Year
- L*Roneous :: Notes of the Righeous Outlaw
- KRS-One & Bumpy Knuckles :: Royalty Check
- Mohammad Dangerfield :: Mohammad Dangerfield
- Raekwon :: Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang
- Shabazz Palaces :: Black Up
- Danny Brown & Black Milk :: Black & Brown EP
- Gangrene (Alchemist, Oh No & Roc Marciano) :: Greneberg EP
- Iron Lyon :: Groundwork EP
- Juan Deuce & Falside :: The Mechanics EP
- Short Fuze & NASA :: Toxicology Music EP
Best Instrumental LPs of the Year
- A.M. Breakups :: The Cant Resurrection
- DDay One :: Mood Algorithms
- Onra :: Chinoiseries Pt. 2
- PSY/OPSogist :: Auditory Hallucinations
- Tenshun :: Bubonic Plague
Yeah, I'm supposed to write a little pithy paragraph about each one and why it's so great, but a lot of those I already wrote about, and you know, fuck it. It's a short list anyways because a lot of LPs only had three good tracks this year. To be continued in a couple of weeks with the most brolic-est tracks #16-30, and a long-ass incoherent State of Hip Hop post...
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