Saturday, December 31, 2011


I'll start with features because this category isn't about artist and their song.  Every other category has more to do with the artist themselves and their product.  This is my opinion so you don't have to my eyes these are the guest appearances that made you forget whose project you were listening too.  This about that extra addition that made you run the track back or go yo is that...?

Casey Veggies on Dom Kennedy's "CDC":  yes Casey's initial is used in the track's title but in my opinion this verse (and video appearance) really cemented Casey's status this year.  The track got different people (thugs, hipsters, older folks and even the Hollywood elite) out of their seats and requesting DJ's to run it back.  Casey spazzed...and everyone knows that "Awwh man..." introduction.

Skeme on Pac Div's "Top Down":  Casey was on this too and everyone killed this beat, but something about Skeme's presence on the track really seemed to up the sound and the track's intensity.  After hearing it I was thinking there needs to be more Skeme x Swiff D production.

Schoolboy Q on ASAP Rocky's "Brand New": when I saw Skeme tweeting about it I was already interested to see how this came out.  I was more than pleased by it when I heard it.  ASAP Rocky has a smooth (probably lean induced) flow that makes you listen but Q really balanced it out by adding an edge to it.  And the way he bounced over the track had everyone going "what that popcorn about".  Then how he and ASAP rocked back and forth to end the song put it over the top.  It was the perfect bi-coastal collab in a while.

Nicki Minaj on Big Sean's "Dance (A$$)": it wasn't her hardest verse like on Drake's Up All Night, BUT if you were going to get a female emcee on this remix it had to be Nicki.  Only she could have pulled off this song.  She stayed true to her style and if she didn't add anything to the song...she definitely upgraded that video.

Kendrick Lamar on Drake's "Buried Alive Interlude": admit it, we were all tired of Marvin's Room by the time Take Care hit the streets (leak or purchased) but putting this 'interlude' at the end of the song on the album made you sit and listen, wait or at least skip to that part.  On top of that Kendrick's verse was dope lyrically as well as the delivery.  Everyone was talking about it once they heard it...and making that impression on a superstar's #1 album is enough to earn it's spot here.

Honorable Mentions: Drake on Lil Wayne's "She Will" and Wiz Khalifa on Snoop Dogg's "This Weed Is Mine"