In my opinion of course.
10. Yacht Rock Side A/B by The Alchemist feat. Action Bronson, Roc Marciano, Oh No, Big Twins, Chuck Inglish and Blu; (Produced by The Alchemist)
Alchemist kills this shit. He cooks up beats that would be fitting for a yacht trip to the sea. Action’s and Blu’s part are nothing short of a dope. Although short, Blu’s part was show stealing, the trumpet….DOPE!
9. Bitch I Deserve You by Action Bronson feat. Evidence; (Produced by The Alchemist)
Action made an impression with his Alchemist-produced Rare Chandeliers. To me, this is the release standout track. Solid verse from Action but being Evidence-bias, I think he killed it.
8. Money Trees by Kendrick Lamar feat. Jay Rock; (Produced by DJ Dahi)
Ya Bish! The dream of wealth could lead someone to do illegal activities in order for some cash. Here, both rappers mention ways of achieving some type of wealth to better their lives. Jay Rock steals the spotlight from Kendrick with his guest verse.
7. BFK by Freddie Gibbs; (Produced by M-80)
The intro to Gangsta Gibbs’ Baby Face Killa and it sets up the dope mixtape perfectly. Two breath-long—but dope—verses from Gangsta Gibbs that shows off his lyrical capabilities.
6. More of Me by Joe Budden feat. Emanny; (Produced by Cardiak)
The sequel(?) to the classic “All of Me” but focuses more on his current girlfriend Kaylin. Although Kaylin’s outer appearance shows a beautiful woman, deep down is a woman who has been through hell and Joey tells us her story. I was a bit tentative when I saw the title because “All of Me” is a classic, but this version is in its own way a classic too.
5. Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe by Kendrick Lamar; (Produced by Sounwave)
One of the standout tracks off good kid, m.A.A.d. city. A masterpiece from Kendrick. I think we all feel like this once in a while and just want to be left alone. Like Kendrick says, “I’ll put the pussy (hip hop) on a pedestal” referring to wack rappers having their way with it but soon the bar Kendrick sets will be too high for them. Also, is he talking to someone directly?
4. Off 2 The Races by Joe Budden; (Produced by Blessed by The Beats)
An ode to his ex-girlfriend Tahiry. Much like his guest verse on Fab’s “Want You Back,” Joey clears the air about Tahiry. Although they had a bad breakup, Joey still wants a relationship with Tahiry but it has been an uphill battle. Now, Tahiry is the unhappy one while Joe is happy as can be with Kaylin.
3. The Jig is Up (Dump’n) by Kendrick Lamar; (Produced by J. Cole and Canei Finch)
If this is an example of what the Kendrick and Cole album will be, hip hop is in for a classic. K.Dot goes off.
2. They Ready by DJ Khaled feat. J. Cole, Big K.R.I.T. and Kendrick Lamar; (Produced by J. Cole)
The future of rap! I don’t know how Khaled did it but he did and I thank him for it. Cole provides a soulful beat for the three to kill it. MORE!
1. Truth or Truth by Slaughterhouse; (Produced by No I.D.)
Simple equation: 1 Joe Budden type-verse from each member = approximately 15 minutes of real hip hop emotion. They absolutely murdered Rick Ross’ “Tears of Joy.”
Clique by Big Sean feat. Jay-Z and Kanye West; (Produced by Hit-Boy)
Ain’t nobody fucking with GOOD Music. Hit-Boy provides Yeezy and Hov another beat to kill. And they do. Surprisingly, Big Sean held his own. #youknowwhitepeople
Power Circle by Rick Ross, Gunplay, Stalley, Wale, Meek Mill and Kendrick Lamar; (Produced by Lee Major)
Great posse cut from MMG and a good look to feature Kendrick. Kendrick and surprisingly, Gunplay, steal the show.
3 Kings by Rick Ross feat. Jay-Z and Dr. Dre; (Produced by Jake One)
Two of the best at what they do and Rick Ross. Ross had good verse but it couldn’t keep up with Jay’s monster verse.
Exodus (23:1) by Pusha T feat. The Dream; (Produced by Rico Beats)
R.I.P. Drake and Lil’ Wayne, thanks Push!
Pain Won’t Stop by Joe Budden; (Produced by DJ Pain One)
A Joe Budden record down to the tee. On the DJ Pain One produced track, Joey talks about the pain he has gone through be with his inner demons, ex-girlfriends, former friends, fans, etc. Joe has been through a lot. This song is the epitome of what Joe Budden tracks are: real, relatable, deep, dope music. “Tell ‘em like I told Stack, it gets no realer.”
Want You Back by Fabolous feat. Joe Budden and Teyana Taylor; (Produced by Sonaro)
It could’ve been without Teyana. Both Fab and Joey bring it. Fab speaks about his baby momma and what her reality show has turned her into meanwhile Joey takes this opportunity to rap about Tahiry, clearing the air, as they say. Fab uses Derrick Rose in some creative wordplay. Like usual, Joey kills it. “So much pain in this sample” – Joey.