We consumed a lot of music this year. Here are some of our favorites.

Michael Tyler’s Top 10:

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  1. “Stoner” by Young Thug
  2. “Hive” by Earl Sweatshirt featuring Vince Staples
  3. “Hold On” by Pusha T featuring Rick Ross
  4. “Sh!t” by Future
  5. “Dubstep” by Danny Brown
  6. “On Sight” by Kanye West
  7. “All That Matters” by Justin Bieber
  8. “Threatz” by Denzel Aquarius’Killa Curry
  9. “Awkward” by Tyler, the Creator
  10. “St8 Outta Mumbai” by Jai Paul

Ben’s Top 10

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My 10 most important songs of 2013 were….

  1. “Anything You Want” by Spoon
  2. “Me & U” by Cassie
  3. “The Long and Winding Road (Beatles cover)” by Ray Charles
  4. “Southern Hospitality” by Ludacris
  5. “Flutes” by Hot Chip
  6. “Honest” by Future
  7. “If It Isn’t Love” by New Edition
  8. “In Your Eyes” by Peter Gabriel
  9. “Drive All Night” by Bruce Springsteen
  10. “Could It Be I’m Falling In Love” by the Spinners
  11. “In the Morning” by J. Cole

But actually…

  1. “Mirrors” by Justin Timberlake
  2. “Play by Play” by Autre Ne Veut
  3. “I’m In It” by Kanye West
  4. “Honest” by Future
  5. “Love in Stereo” by Sky Ferreira
  6. “BasedWorld” by Ryan Hemsworth
  7. “Diver” by AlunaGeorge
  8. “Citgo” by Chief Keef
  9. “Oostende” by Keep Shelly in Athens
  10. “Bonnie” by Tink

Also, top songs that made us think about holding hands with girls:

  1. “Die In Your Arms” by Justin Bieber
  2. “Flotus” by Flying Lotus
  3. “The Way” by Ariana Grande featuring Mac Miller
  4. “One More Day” by Nu New Edition (bonus track here)
  5. “hi “2morrow” (◕‿◕ノ)ノ (◕‿◕ノ)ノ” by Young Triforce Cat Baron
  6. “Could It Be I’m Falling in Love” by The Spinners

Best Remixes of 2013 (interwebs are saturated with them, so here’s 20)

  1. “The Pleasure Principle (Hudson Mohawke remix)” by Janet Jackson
  2. “O.G. Bobby Johnson (Ryan Hemsworth remix)” by Que
  3. “Attracting Flies (Baauer remix)” by AlunaGeorge
  4. “Give It 2 U (Trippy Turtle remix)” by Robin Thicke
  5. “Thuggin’ Noise (Ryan Hemsworth edit)” by A$AP Rocky
  6. “She (Shlohmo remix)” by Laura Mvula
  7. “& It Was U (Elite Gymnastics remix)” by How to Dress Well
  8. “Will Calls (Diplo remix)” by Grizzly Bear
  9. “Slasherr (Flume edit)” by Rustie
  10. “Someone to Call My Lover (Giraffage remix)” by Janet Jackson
  11. “Can’t Believe It (Figgy remix)” by T-Pain
  12. “No Diggity (Bondax edit)” by Blackstreet
  13. “Fuck U All the Time (Shlohmo remix)” by Jeremih
  14. “Do You… (Cashmere Cat remix)” by Miguel
  15. “One Type of Dark (Ta-Ku remix)” by Ginger & the Ghost
  16. “Latch (DJ Premier remix)” by Disclosure
  17. “Skin (Dinnerdate ‘Campfire’ edit)” by BOY
  18. “What a Shame (S-Type remix)” by Jamie Lidell
  19. “Little Man (Vindata remix)” by Little Dragon
  20. “You & Me (Flume remix)” by Disclosure

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Damn, do you recall the stereotypical rap music video? Where you have rappers posted in front of their collection of cars, in the hood, with posses of goons and thugs surrounding them, a couple big booty bitches shaking their bon bons, creating a true family affair atmosphere. Do you recall this? Yes? I hope so because if you do, then you will love a weird take on this stereotypical rap music video with the new video for the weirdawesome track from Chief Keef’s Finally Rich, CItgo. 

Chief Keef, who is known to feature his entire posse of goons in music videos, does it again, but this time the Keef and goons have been banished to the garage of a house that is never really revealed or to the outside area of the house, riding around four-wheelers or posting up on them. This is seriously like all those times in middle school when your mom let you have a lot of friends spend the night, but said ya’ll could only spend time in the garage because “ya’ll are too loud and will wake up your dad.” Except its a music video shot with an amazing camera, using badass HD camera effects that I am not familiar with and is shot for a rapper who is signed to a major label and makes millions of dollars. Weird right?

The video was released in celebration for Keef’s 18th birthday, which is today, and here at Two Hundred and Ten, we would like to thank the sometimes hardly audible, dread waving, young lad from Chicago for all he has done to bring us joy in the past couple of years. So many hits in such a short amount of time, and with videos like this popping up on the daily, so much incredible joy. Thank you Chief Keef, we salute you and hope that one day your mother allows you back in the house to make more brilliant music!

****ALSO, PLEASE PEEP THE HOMIE IN THE BLUE POLO AND WHITE FITTED WITH A PURPLE BRIM AS HE STAYS TEXTING THROUGHOUT THIS WHOLE MUSIC VIDEO. I DONT WANT TO SPECULATE BUT WHAT ON EARTH WAS HE DOING?! DID HE KNOW THAT A MUSIC VIDEO WAS BEING SHOT?! WHO WAS HE TEXTING?! DO YOU THINK HE TWEETED “IN A MUSIC VIDEO RIGHT NOW”?!?! Oh lawdddd! Please just watch it to see the blue polo guy who doesn’t give any cares. 

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Pause your Candy Crush addiction for one minute and listen to the latest thing coming out of Dallas, Texas. For those of you who are familiar with Texas culture, and specifically Dallas culture, you will know of this DJ/Producer combination more prominently as a renowned and respected hairstyle, but for those with knowledge of the Dallas music scene, Booty Fade, is much more. The duo of DJ Sober and PICNICTYME have been staples in the Dallas indie rap scene for years. Sober has been both a DJ and organizer for Dallas rap groups and events, while Picnic was apart of a rap group called PPT, a member of Erykah Badu’s band, Cannabinoids, and both have strong ties to the highly successful Dallas rap group A.Dd+. Sober spent time Djing for the group while Picnic was behind a lot of the work on their critically acclaimed LP, When Pigs Fly.  The two know rap, and know it well, but wanted to take step out of the oppressive indie rap box for a second and make something new, birthing the rumpus shaking, sweat dripping, parent concerning, white girl interested music of Booty fade.

While the majority of party music created these days tries to maintain a tie to a specific region, Booty Fade succeeds because it borrows other regional styles such as New Orleans bounce, Baltimore club, and their very own Dallas boogie sound, and jams it all into one track. The two are able to borrow other regions styles seamlessly, and still maintain the same high energy level, while also being able to maintain the bounce of their hip-hop origins by sampling various Dallas MCs.  

Although the two have not released an actual EP yet, they are quickly gaining attention from people locally and around the country. Their music is a high energy, creative take on different styles of dance music that maintains a rap origin. It’s good for me, good for white girls who like to twerk, bad for parents who don’t want their daughters possessed by no devil music that causes their girl’s bodies to gyrate uncontrollably, but good for you, too, if you like anything fun in this world. Stream/download all of the Booty Fade tracks that have been released thus far and enjoy the Booty movement. 

 

ImageMashups are not cool at all, but I swear this doesn’t sound like a mashup at all. It sounds more like the instrumental for Britney Spear’s “Everytime” was so far ahead of its time in 2004 that it fits right in with rap in 2013. Basically I think rap has changed to a scene that appreciates their beats atmospheric, slow and emotional and Britney probably knew this way ahead of time and picked accordingly. The “Everytime” beat is an uptempo, happier version of what Clams Casino would’ve given Rocky for Long Live A$AP. Thank you Ryan Hemsworth for the mashing up and the Folie Douce Compilation Vol II for making this available to stream and download.

A$AP Rocky – Thuggin’ Noise (It’s Hemsworth, Bitch Edit)

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Shit dawg! It sure has been hot this summer and I ain’t even talking just about the temperature (which is definitely increasing due to global warming and APPARENTLY causing the reappearance of an ancient sharkdinosaur called megalodon except maybe Shark Week was just trolling all of it’s viewers) dawg, I am talking about the music that has #blessed our ears during this wonderful vacation. This summer has seen the release of a lot of big name artists (Jay Z, Kanyeezy Christ, Daft Punk, J Cole), with the rest of the year having the potential to bring even more good music (ScHoolboy Q, Danny Brown, Earl Sweatshirt) to our ears. But despite all the high profile music that has come out and the other cool underground stuff that has arisen via the internet, you’d be really hard pressed to argue that the summer did not belong to the Canadian Crooner aka Wheelchair Jimmy aka the Light Skin Keith Sweat aka Drizzy Drake Rogers aka Drake.

Before Take Care dropped, Drake released a slew of singles a la this summer as well, but not since Kanye released music via the G.O.O.D Fridays series have I seen people so captivated by what was going to drop next. Almost all of these have received a lot of love from the internet, thus making Drake the champion in a highly competitive summer of music. Wheelchair Jimmy started releasing singles in the month of March, but the summer has seen some of his highest quality singles and here at Two Hundred and Ten, we know you’ve been busy, we know you’ve been out there grinding every single day. And we know all about the single mothers reading this blog that don’t have time to be checking every blog every damn day to see about the new Drake track. We get it. We know. We’re here for you; and that’s why, in order to catch you up on any Drizzy your hardworking self may have missed, we have created the very first COMPREHENSIVE list of Drake singles released since Take Care, with downloadable links. Two Hundred and Ten is here for the families and the single mothers every where. Keep working girls.

Febuary 1, 2013

Drake – “Started From the Bottom”: A song about triumph. Drake has had tough times and wants to share them with you via a track and one of the best music videos ever. You already know all the words to this song. Produced by Mike Zombie. Download here.

April 1, 2013

Drake – “5AM in Toronto”: This song is a sequel to the Thank Me Later track, “9AM in Dallas.” Basically this song is about Drake staying up late in various cities around the world and then telling you and every other rapper that he is better than them. Download here. 

****No New Friends doesn’t come on this list because that is a DJ Khaled single not Drake. Sorry Mamasitas****

April 15, 2013

Drake featuring James Fauntleroy II – “Girls Love Beyonce”: Basically this is just Drake proving he can say basically anything on a hook and everyone will still like it. Destiny’s Child made “Say My Name” in 1999 and here we have Drake just recycling the same chorus and we all have no choice but to given in and fuck with it cause its brilliant and sounds awesome. I hate Drake for this one, but I also know all the words so what do I do?  Track also features James Fauntleroy II of the Cocaine 80s. Download here. 

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June 17, 2013

Drake featuring James Fauntleroy II – “On My Way” – Recorded in 2010, not released till 2013. Also features Fauntleroy. Produced by 40. This song brings good news, Drake is on his way to you! This track is basically Drake feeling sexy and wanting you to feel sexy as well. Probably play this only with your significant other. Download here.

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June 22, 2013

Drake featuring J Cole – “Jodeci Freestyle”: Two of the most sensitive rappers in the game pay homage to the R&B group Jodeci in this “freestyle.” I don’t think it’s a freestyle actually and that all of this was written. Rappers should stop calling these things freestyles. That is a blatant abuse of the trust we have given them as rappers SIMILAR to what Discovery Channel did to us during the Megalodon documentary, but not nearly as bad. Still bad though. Anyways, beat is on point. J Cole makes an inappropriate comment about autism so you may want to stop the track after Drake is done speaking on it. Download here. 

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PARTYNEXTDOOR featuring Drake – “Over Here”: Softer version of the Weeknd, and new OVO signee, PARTYNEXTDOOR, teams with his fellow Canadian to tare up some minimal and sad synth music. It works cause Drake can do no wrong and PARTYNEXTDOOR keeps it pretty chill crooning while the Canadian Jew isn’t rapping. Download here. 

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Migos featuring Drake – Versace (Remix): Hands down the hottest remix on one of the hottest tracks this summer. Migos, who did not need any more help killing the rap game this summer, get lent the verse of the entire summer by Drake. If you haven’t seen a car of high schoolers driving around screaming “THIS IS A GATED COMMUNITY PLEASE GET THE FUCK OFF THE PROPERTY!” then you probably have not driven since June. Real Talk. Drake on this Zaytoven beat, giving absolutely not cares and flexing hard was the last straw for Megalodon as the Earth is so hot that it has taken him out of his hiding place deep in the ocean depths and he is currently scouring the Pacific for boats of humans to devour. You’re wrong for this one Drake. Download here. 

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Drake featuring Sampha – “The Motion”: This is probably my favorite single from Drake so far. Sampha produced the beat and offers some wonderful vocals that sound like he is in pain, perfectly joining Drake in being sad. This track is about the motion of life specifically pertaining to ex girlfriends. Drake spends time crooning, then raps, and then there is an outro that blows all of the singles here out of the water completely. Sampha production has a lot to due with why this is so good. Download here. 

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August 1, 2013

Drake featuring Big Sean, and 2 Chainz – “All Me”: The Great Light Skin One flexes hard in front of 2 Chainz and Big Sean while 40 provides amazing production. Medium Sean becomes BIG Sean finally as he delivers, in my opinion, a verse of the year candidate with his Lil B esque flow at the end of the track. Drake asked the human population in a tweet if we wanted an anthem and he definitely keeps his promise. Also the song features artwork of Drake in full on 90’s boy band group pose yet the song is anything but 90’s pop. Why the artwork then? Drake you are too much sometimes dawg. Download here. 

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August 6, 2013

Drake featuring Majid Jordan – “Hold On, We’re Going Home” – Drake does his best impression of Michael Jackson in a better version of any R&B song he has done to this date. Fans of Thank Me Later’s “Find Your Love” or “Karaoke,” will be in for quite a treat by listening to this one. This disco-esque pop single is the most likely to receive play from the radio and hopefully generate play for some of the more sensitive males as well. Download here. 

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Chuck Inglish has been one of the best producers in rap music since I remember stumbling upon The Cool Kids back in the Myspace days. His boom-bap retro aesthetic has produced some of my favorite tracks of all time (Pennies, 88’s, What Up Man) but he also has dabbled in some more funky, 80’s synth, boogie down channeling music as well. He recently released a tape for free, Droptops, that was apparently inspired by “a night spent in a droptop Bonneville while in Austin, TX during SXSW” and “the summer vibes of LA,” so I think this will be the perfect soundtrack for whatever you’re doing this summer. As long as it’s hot, this should be played and if you’re new to the Cool Kids or Inglish, will be sit as a perfect example Chuck’s style as a producer and rapper. 

The first half of the tape sounds like the type of music we’ve all grown accustomed to over the years of Cool Kids tapes. The Back Up Remix features a really cool synth thing that sounds like the kind of noise spaceships make when they shoot at other spaceships. And then Travis Scott comes in and talks about inappropriate stuff. I am imagining he had some sort of hand in the production cause it obviously knocks but I could do without him being included in the track, as he brings a lot of angry aggressiveness that clashes dramatically with Chuck’s laid back flow. The second half of the tape brings some of the funkier, West Coast style beats that I believe Chuck is becoming more comfortable making. “Dangerous,” is as groovy of a song as I have heard in recent memory and if you’re driving with the windows down will automatically transfer you to the nearest beach, no joke. Also “TanGerine” is my favorite song in existence right now and bumps as hard as anything I have heard from Chuck. He channels his inner “Pennies,” baseline with the funkiness of the West Coast aesthetic he has been borrowing lately. The combination is crack, trust me. There isn’t a boring song on the tape, and while the mostly underground cast that the tape features may bore you, the beats will surely keep you around and grooving through its entirety.

In a recent interview with Complex magazine, Chuck described this tape as a “a soft left jab for a right hook.” He has his first studio album dropping in the form of Convertibles sometime in September, so he is giving this away for free in anticipation for what is going to drop. Although he says Convertibles is a step away from what this sounds like, the fact of the matter is, for free, this is the best mixtape I have heard all summer and is a perfect introduction to someone if they have missed out on The Cool Kids, or Inglish’s production thus far. Check out some of the highlights from Droptops below, and download the tape if you’re about it.

 

Download: Chuck Inglish – Droptops Mixtape (Left-Click) 

Liked Yeezus but weren’t that into that one track where Ye compares himself to a God, talks about having conversations with Jesus, and demands someone to hurry up with his damn croissants? Yeah, we weren’t into that either but it is really hard to deny the awesome production that surrounded the track as well as the rest of the album. So what is a young man to do? I’m about the production but don’t want to hear ridiculous boasts and talk about various breakfast items. Luckily for us, legendary hip-hop producer, and MPC magician, Exile, did a badass MPC assisted flip of Ye’s “I Am A God” via YouTube yesterday and turned into a disjointed banger. Sure, each couple of minutes is a different take on the song, but each minute offers a unique way to jam to the stellar production that has already been created. My favorite parts starts around 3:20, when Exile uses the over the top screaming from the track and incorporates the synths and some drums and turns it into an actual beat and not screeching. Watch the man do work in a live video of his MPC reworking and make sure you stay till the end when a chica finally delivers Exile’s damn croissant. Also make sure you stay on the look out for Exile’s beat album entitled “Zip Disks and Floppies” August 20, 2013 if you liked what you heard. 

 

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