Best Music (I Can Remember) 2013
A friend informs me Pusha T, Chance the Rapper, and Earl Sweatshirt all made Rolling Stone’s best albums list. I recommended all these albums as they came out and I guess they’re the cool picks. Saying which one is the best between them is difficult. Pusha’s obviously sounds the best and has killer guest verses, but I’m inclined to give the album less credit because it’s the product of many minds. Everything brilliant in Acid Rap is a testament to Chance’s talent, making it perhaps the most impressive of these three albums (keep in mind I’ve cut out the Bronson and Gambino verses from my mp3s, we’re not really listening to the same albums). I’m also docking Pusha T points for bragging about not singing hooks. It’s 2013. This might be the easiest time in the history of hip hop to write a hook.
Overall, this year feels weaker than 2012. But I hope to find some gems I missed over the year.
1. Doris, Earl Sweatshirt
I didn’t like the other guy’s verse on “Hive” when I first heard it, but the greatness of this album made me want to hear it just make make the whole thing last longer.
2. My Name is My Name, Pusha T
3. Acid Rap, Chance the Rapper
4. ”Real Recognize Real” by Waka Flocka Flame
One of those new-fangled Luger beats you read about in those articles with an intense Waka freestyle over it. The ups and downs in intensity are kind of amazing. This song gives me the same pleasure as a well-done wrestling promo. (Special mention: "Can’t Do Golds")
5. "Sorry" by Migos
My favorite Migos song. This song is hilarious and it bangs. That’s the whole idea of Migos huh? And repetition. (Special mention: “Out da Gym” [esp. for Riff Raff saying “full wheel twistin/mysterious roof missin”—my favorite line of the year probs], “Bando”, “Chirpin”, and ~~”Versace”~~.)
6. "Fell" by Young Thug and older thugs
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Kept randomly saying “got dem big ol clips” to myself for months after this hit.
7. Shaking the Habitual by the Knife
8. Nanobots by They Might Be Giants
9. Rocko, “UOENO” f. Rick Ross, Future and Trinidad James (I’m partial to TJ’s verse from the remixes—“I might be your step-dad”
Controversial, of course. And maybe even played out. But massive.
10. Future, “Bugatti” f. Ace Hood and Rick Ross p. Mike Will
Song of the year. It would have been in the number one slot if I’d remembered. I don’t remember songs if they’re not on albums I care about. Honorable mention: Future, “Karate Chop” (after this song came out I was on a subway platform and passing eachother while walking in opposite directions, on on the platform and the other on the overpass, were TWO different people rapping Karate Chop to themselves).
11. Young Gleesh, “Sad Boy” f. Yung Lean p. Yung Sherman
The last thing I heard on this list. Gleesh was probably the rookie of the year last year but I didn’t pay attention to him much this time around. This is a great translation of Lean’s themes and sounds. I still think you probably shouldn’t be listening to Yung Lean but anyways this song rocks.
A young comedian moves in with a more conventionally-successful friend and becomes subject to unsolicited brand management.
Run The Jewels. Webster Hall, August 14, 2013.
excerpt from a thing I read at the Bronx Museum of the Arts
He spent his time inverting common idioms, but not the ones anyone cared about, or the important ones. Subverting, inverting or subversion by way of inversion or vice versa one or the other taking precedent one being the positive one or the negative one depending on whether you like idioms. Me, I just like the word idiom—don’t you dare tell me it’s an SAT vocabulary word. I’m tired of hearing the same thing every time I used a word I like. Anyway, I will not give you any examples of the idioms written, you kind of know what I’m saying and if you apply a positive value to it you don’t want my poor examples and if you apply a negative value to it you don’t want more examples of it polluting your mind.
Finally, he stops playing with idioms. He’s finally proved to himself that words are arbitrary—which only proves he’s been single too long.
Union Square yesterday.
I’m just a couple years older than him and got into FM around the same time. I only considered the military for a short time and I had other options as well. I just wish the song had had a bigger impact on him. I’m not sure what impact it had on me though. I often think Bob Dylan and esp. Rage Against The Machine planted bigger seeds in my head… But I wouldn’t have been into Rage without first being exposed to Linkin Park… hard to trace these things.
Washington Heights. 2012.
i miss being a wannabe novelist. there was so much purpose to it.