TEN OF THE BEST: Week 2
If you missed the first post of this series, and are wondering what the deal is with this playlist, allow me to explain. Apart from being a music creator, I fancy myself as a huge fan of different genres. Because I have been busy creating music this last year, I haven’t had much time to feed the super fan in me and this has led me to fall out of touch. Enter TEN OF THE BEST:
This week I started off with the intention of targeting a different sound, but in the end I found myself trying too hard to build this list (or so it seemed). In the end, I dialled back a tick and just went with tunes that felt good at the time. Without further ado…
Check out the spotify playlist at the bottom of this post:
This week’s list, in no particular order:
Who You Think You Are – Alborosie
This is a song I relate to as an artist. In this tune, Alborosie pours his heart out on track and he certainly doesn’t hold back. He goes deep with his lyrics, outlining his dark past and the trials he has faced along his journey. That he does it whilst showcasing some nice melodies delivered with his rough vocal tone makes this a song that can be played on repeat easy.
Play The Horns – Busy Signal
It was just a matter of time until Busy made it on this playlist and here he is. This tune is on 47th Floor riddim out of Seanizzle records, and the whole riddim is full of big tunes no doubt. What stands out with Busy’s offering is that he slays the verses and does very little on the hook, which allows Seanizzle’s production skills to really shine through. I love it.
Phumakim – Cassper Nyovest
Cassper Nyovest is one of the biggest hip-hop artists in Africa right now and it’s easy to see why when you listen to this tune. He interchanges between rapping in his mother tongue (Setswana, if I’m not mistaken) and English, but he does this so seamlessly that you can easily keep up with the direction of the tune. Big ups to Brian Soko on production.
Waiting For You – Kabaka Pyramid
A very nice sounding tune on the easy going 7th Heaven Riddim, which I think is going to make a few more appearances on this playlist in the near future. In this tune, Kabaka serenades a certain lady with his smooth flow and lyrical prowess. Top drawer record.
Fly Over Dem – Masicka
I’m a fan of this artist, especially when he’s not on his badman tip. This tune shows his slightly softer side, if you’d call it that, and he shines. My personal favourite song on the riddim (Break Away Riddim).
Don Gorgon – Burna Boy
This is an interesting song which is pieced together quite nicely. It took me a few plays to get into the tune, but since I started feeling it I have been hooked. I really like how they pay homage to a classic dancehall tune at a certain point in the song, the dancehall die hards will know what I’m talking about.
Revelation – Roots Manuva
A bit of a different selection but dope all the same. I have seen Roots Manuva perform this song live when he was touring the album 4reverevolution and I guess that’s when I was sold. This is the kind of song you need to really zone in on the lyrical content before you can fully appreciate it. I must confess, the beat leaves a lot to be desired.
So Unjust – Stephen Marley X Rakim X Kardinal Offishall
I have been listening to Stephen Marley’s album Revelations Part 2 since it came out, one of the few albums I have had time for over the last year. This song is top notch, lyrically and sonically. I can’t praise this song enough, I swear.
Daddy – Winky D
Zim in the building. This tune is delivered in my mother tongue, Shona, and it is a top top track. Here Winky D describes a scenario where a child growing up in a poverty stricken household questions his father what he was up to when other people his age were grinding. It’s such a deep track, and the production is pretty solid. Big Up Oskid.
All About The Paper – Charly Black (Not On Spotify)
A hustler’s anthem, Charly Black nailed this one. I can’t seem to find this tune on Spotify which is quite perplexing. The production is sold, and Charly’s delivery is right on point.