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.
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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.
I’ve spent that past few weeks trying to pinpoint a reason why Homeboy Sandman’s First of a Living Breed is one of my favourite albums of the year. It’s the reason this review has taken as long as it has. I tend to ponder on reviews until I have targeted one reason why (or why not) you should give an LP a listen. But there’s the problem – and forgive how horrible this sounds - First of a Living Breed has not just one reason, but fourteen.
Homeboy Sandman gets his obscure on in the video for “Sputnik”. This is yet more visuals from his Stonesthrow debut First of a Living Breed, an album that’s very quickly become one of this year’s standout LPs.
“I want some chicken”
Stonesthrow and Homeboy Sandman is pretty much the perfect match. Personally, that combination has helped make one of my favourite albums of the year. “Whatchu Want From Me” is Homeboy proving that he can rap early on in the album, before he slows it down and gets more or less serious later on.
Homeboy Sandman’s First of a Living Breed is probably one of the most diverse but most successful albums I’ve heard in a long time. Every track has unique interesting production, lyrical concepts & even vocal flow. A great case in point, “Not Really” features mellow production with a more laid back style that really suits Sandman’s casual attitude towards becoming famous.
This is the more interesting third of a short documentary – third to come, watch the first here – on Homeboy Sandman. It gives insight into what he’s like in the studio and he shares his opinions on mainstream rap. Surprisingly though, this has nothing none of his new material on it, although it does have the excellent Brown that is disappointingly absent off his otherwise stellar, Stonesthrow debut First of a Living Breed.
I love how diverse Homeboy Sandman can get. Last week we posted the Jonti produced “Brown” where Homeboy Sandman gets all poetic over an experimental beat. This week, he’s dropped one of the best tracks of the summer in “Whatchu Want From Me” where he goes back to his 1000 word a minute rate. This track is from his recently announced album First of a Living Breed, that’s out on Stones Throw on 18th of September.