James Blake ft Chance The Rapper - Life Round Here (remix) Songs of the Year (2013) by Rock Genius Editors 159

Total match made in heaven for me. I’m enamored with the idea of “the future of music” and this represents the kind of shit i want to see. Hip-hop collaborating with indie rock and electronic. Shouts to Chance and JB for crumbling the wall that is just BEGGING to be broken down. I wouldn’t hate it if there were more tracks like this in 2014.

http://rock.rapgenius.com/James-blake-life-round-here-remix-lyrics

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Proof that i made out with my date.

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THAT’S HOW YOU TAKE A PHOTOBOOTH PIC!

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Jessie Ware - Wildest Moments Songs of the Year (2013) by Rock Genius Editors 159

Jessie Ware is so elegant. Her record Devotion was one of the more polished electro-soul releases i’d hear in 2013. “Wildest Moments” in particular is so epic and inspirational..It’s just a matter of time before a remix of it ends up used in sports telecasts in the same way that Lupe Fiasco’s “Superstar” was.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMJkddvJ4L4

Also, my favorite memory of this song was at my going away party in San Francisco: The minute i got there i pumped like $20 into the jukebox to make sure i controlled the tunes for a couple hours. When this song came on at like midnite, me and one of my hip-hop soul brothers, ChristianPaz locked shoulders and started singing. There’s nothing more poetic than two hip-hop bros swaying to Jessie Ware at an Irish bar.

It doesn’t get more hip-hop than this!

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Lucius - Nothing Ordinary Songs of the Year (2013) by Rock Genius Editors 159

I haven’t heart this kind of energy from a song in a loooong time. “Nothing Ordinary”Really looking forward to seeing this Brooklyn band live. They fucking ROCK!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=s1CxlF4TwEU

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Haim - Let Me Go Songs of the Year (2013) by Rock Genius Editors 159

Easily my favorite song off of Days Are Gone. It sounds like they recorded it in a silo (a la My Morning Jacket)

http://rock.rapgenius.com/Haim-let-me-go-lyrics

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RAC ft. Kele & MNDR - Let Go Songs of the Year (2013) by Rock Genius Editors 159

https://soundcloud.com/rac/let-go-ft-kele-mndr

I can’t seem to pinpoint where exactly i heard this song for the first time but HOLY SHIT! The minute i heard it, it was pure electro-pop goodness. I even wrote a lyrical breakdown of it for The Music Ninja blog:

http://www.themusicninja.com/release-into-the-beat-rock-genius-breaks-down-the-top-5-lines-on-racs-let-go-guest-post/

This was MY song of the summer for sure and RAC and MNDR are artists to watch. I’m happy to see Kele is still doing shit that i like cause anything after Silent Alarm from Bloc Party was just not my bag.

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Under-heralded West Coast crew Freestyle Fellowship, Chance The Rapper - Acid Rap: #12 on Top 50 Albums of 2013 by Pitchfork (Ft. Chance The Rapper)

One of the greatest undergrounf hip-hop crew’s of all-time, hailing from LA. Freestyle Fellowhsip consists of:

To Whom it May Concern and Innercity Griots are seminal 90’s hip-hop albums that sadly don’t get enough love on Rap Genius.

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Tribe Called Quest, Chance The Rapper - Acid Rap: #12 on Top 50 Albums of 2013 by Pitchfork (Ft. Chance The Rapper)

It’s actually A Tribe Called Quest (with an “A” at the beginning), someone in the copy edit department seemed to be ok with dropping the “A” on the name of one of the most legendary/influential hip-hop crew of all-time. They even abbreviate as “ATCQ” a lot…Considerable oversight on their part.

Despite the mistake on Pitchfork’s part, the nod to ATCQ they are referring to is the bass line on NaNa, which is sampled from ATCQ’s “Sucka Nigga.”. Q-Tip sampled the bass line from Jack Wilkin’s Red Clay. Basically, Chance has created a 3 piece sample chain!

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