Old Shit! Aesop Rock and Blockhead do the equivalent of dusting off to an mp3 file and share “Hall of Game.” An old track from ‘sometime around the year 2000′ that never made the light of day.
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At the end of last year Spin Magazine compiled a fairly comprehensive video of video game samples in hip-hop. It started to make a few of us at Lesson Six think how many were actually about video games rather than just sounding like them. The result, a list of our top six tracks about video games…
Our Best of 2012 coverage had to end at some point but I couldn’t think of many better than Junk Science’s Baje One for our final guestlist. We asked the Modern Shark founder what he’s been listening to in 2012.
Normally we quickly introduce the artist and their list, but British spoken-word poet The Ruby Kid has kindly written his own. So I’ll get out the way.
I was already thinking about compiling a “Best of 2012” list when Lesson Six got in touch and asked me if I’d like to write one for them. It’s a peculiarity of rappers’ egos that a lot of seem to assume the world is interested in reading our arbitrary, subjective ordering of other people’s output, but now is not the time or place to interrogate that. Now is the time and place for me to present my top 10 hip-hop albums of 2012. Of course, I couldn’t pick just ten, so there’s a handful of “honourable mentions” thrown in for good measure.
So here it is. Our final part of our Best of 2012 coverage concludes with our top 50 tracks of the year. I’ll avoid the clichés, but this has been a tough list to put together and a special thanks to everyone who produced great music throughout the year for making it tough. It’s been fun.
We’ve still got our guestlists for 2012, which will be coming up each day this week and then we’ll be returning to regular goodness. But for now, enjoy the end of the year with our Top 50 Tracks of 2012.
It’s a cliché itself, but what a great year we’ve had. It’s just been packed with so much great music as hip-hop diversifies, there’s one thing for sure – hip-hop ain’t dead. So why don’t we get down to what you came here for? A list of our favourite albums of 2012 for you to skim-read. Then once you’re done, let us know your albums of the year in the comments below.
Aesop Rock releases a nice reminder for sites compiling their end of year lists. Just in case you forgot Skelethon came out this year.
One of the heaviest sounding tracks off Aesop Rock’s recently released Skelethon, has just gotten an appropriately epic video. Featuring a ton of post-apocalyptic looking ballerinas.
When EL-P’s alternative hip-hop label Definitive Jux announced, what has become a permanent hiatus, many of its roster were forced into decisions. Some signed deals elsewhere, some started their own thing up, but Aesop Rock did nothing. The verbose rapper from New York City was already enjoying a massive reputation after the success of Labor Days so clearly wasn’t in a massive rush to release his sixth studio album. However, it doesn’t take long to realise that he’s been at work this whole time, crafting one of the best alternative hip-hop albums in years.