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DECAPOD CRUSTACEANS IN A TRUNCATED CONICAL VESSEL

boosie

In honor of Boosie’s newest single here are the top 10 songs on the subject.

  1. Boosie Badazz – Crabs in a Bucket (2017)
  2. Lil’ B – Crabs N A Bucket (2011)
  3. Rob Dee – Crabs in tha Bucket (1999)
  4. The Reepz – Crabz in a Bucket (?)
  5. Black Zheep DZ – 4.1.0 feat. Denzel Curry (2013)
  6. Soulfruit – Crabs in a Bucket (2010)
  7. Mobb Deep – Crabz in a Bucket feat. 50 Cent (2006)
  8. Boss Man T.O. – Crabs in the Bucket (2016)
  9. Kao Denero – Crab Na Bucket feat. The Leo Team (2015)
  10. Contak – Crabs in a Bucket (2014)
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2015 RAP

‘Tis the season for spending time with family and loved ones, sipping egg nog, and coming up with ranked lists of your favorite rap songs from the past year.  I used to be a staunch anti-lister: how could we attach such a rigid hierarchy to such personal, subjective material?  I also hated all the petty, pointless arguments that always ensued – such a waste of time that we could be spending on listening to more music.  I still think most of those arguments are dumb, but I’ve recently realized that, like many things I initially disliked, I was just thinking about them in the wrong way.

More and more I’ve come to see the value in these lists; not as what they seem – rigid value judgements about inherently unquantifiable subject matter – but as a starting point for conversation and possible introduction (or re-introduction) to material that might have slipped through the cracks for some listeners.  So this year I’m throwing in my votes for best rap songs of 2015.  I have purposely not looked at any other end-of-year lists so as not to be swayed by the judgements of others.  No doubt I will discover countless songs I should have included once I do see everyone else’s, but maybe someone else will discover something in these 35 selections from this great year in rap.  After the first 5 or 6 songs, I didn’t put much effort into the order so don’t get too caught up in that part of it.  Let me know if you agree, and DEFINITELY let me know if you disagree or have alternate selections, I hope to learn more than teach from this first attempt.

To keep this from being a list of Young Thug and Future songs I stuck to the standard format of doing one track per artist, except in a couple cases where groups have gone solo and where artists have been featured on another song elsewhere on the list.  I definitely see Rich Gang, Young Thug, and Rich Homie Quan as three separate entities, and Nef the Pharaoh gets featured twice since I didn’t put any of his own solo material on there.

Here we go!

  1. Rich Gang – Up, Up, and Away
  2. Future – No Compadre
  3. Young Thug – No Way
  4. Rich Homie Quan – Flex
  5. Tree – Well
  6. Dr. Yen Lo – Day 3
  7. Juego the Ninety – D’Juego
  8. Vince Staples – Norf Norf
  9. Earl Sweatshirt – Solace
  10. Kendrick Lamar – These Walls
  11. Foxx – Don’t I (feat. Wacko)
  12. Boosie Badazz – Mama
  13. Bandit Gang Marco – NO CASH (feat. Bandit Gang)
  14. Yung Gordon – Finna Hit My Walk (fast version)
  15. Black Zheep DZ – Ice-Hot
  16. Starlito – My Love (feat. Don Trip)
  17. Corn – Old School Hyphy (feat. Nef the Pharaoh)
  18. The Jacka – Ancient Astronauts (feat. Goldie)
  19. Bloody Jay – Want it Like This
  20. YG – Twist My Fingaz
  21. Butch Dawson – Brain
  22. Chance the Rapper – Israel (feat. Noname Gypsy)
  23. Young Jeezy – Birds Could Talk
  24. Jay 305 – Goin’ Up (feat. Dom Kennedy)
  25. DJ Chose – Everywhere I Go (feat. MC Breezy)
  26. Pablo Skywalkin’ – Feeling Myself
  27. Earl Swavey – What Would You Do? (feat. DJ Worm 2G)
  28. 22nd Letter – Blunt on Me
  29. Don Trip – Eviction Notice
  30. Kevin Gates – Khaza
  31. Denzel Curry – Lord Vader Kush II
  32. Zuse – Till I Die
  33. Shabazz Palaces – The Mystery of Lonnie the Døn
  34. Danny Brown – Worth It
  35. Rocko – I’m High

Honorable mention to “Coldest Summer’s Mine” by Justiiice which has inexplicably disappeared from the internet.  It probably would have bumped Rocko off the list had I found a link.

Special thanks to Rap Music Hysteria, The Martorialist, and Tumblin’ Erb for their constant inspiration.  This would have been a much shittier list without y’all.

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ONLY PEACE OF MIND IS MAKING MYSELF HARDER TO GET TO

These Baltimore kids are really digging into the Gorageur deep cuts in 2015.

Black Zheep DZ – Order Up

Juego the Ninety – D’Juego

It might sound like these two were sampled from the same original source but Jujuan Allen (on “Order Up“) is pulling from Le Bracelet while Killer Bee (on “D’Juego“) chose the slightly spacier Ten Et Tiwa for his source, both of course from René Laloux’s super excellent 1973 cut-out stop motion sci-fi flick “La Planète Sauvage“.  You might recognize these samples from places like that weird Flying Lotus/Krayzie Bone collab from last year, a couple Mac Miller-related tracks before that, or in The Underachievers’ “Chrysalis“, but I think Zheep and Juego did way better on their versions than any of those dudes.  The only real competition for best rap over a Gorageur flip would be “Come On Feet” , especially with its appropriately surreal video treatment.

Quasimoto – Come On Feet

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