September 14, 2012 Leave a comment
T’was a slow week…not a whole lot released….
Pusha T, Raekwon & Joell Ortiz – Tick, Tock
September 13, 2012 1 Comment
Every week or so – as I’m on my continual quest to kill time and not waste it on twitter – I’m going to highlight some of my favorite songs from some of my favorite artists.
Without a doubt at this very moment in time, Kendrick Lamar is my favorite artist in the game. He’s not my favorite ever – he’s not really even close – but right now it’s the exact cup of tea I crave. It took me a long time to get into him actually. I never really liked his sound, I guess that’s an acquired taste, because after one listen through his first independent album, Section.80, I couldn’t stand any of it. A few months later after the constant hype from people who share similar tastes to me, I gave it another listen through, being a bit more patient. Eventually about half the songs I liked, and half I hated. I still didn’t love his sound. Slowly but surely, it grew on me. It started with my obsession with the song “HiiiPoWeR”, which I listened to on repeat for weeks and racks, racking up the iTunes play count to almost unprecedented levels. I would occasionally go through the songs again, and slowly I started falling in love with most every single one of them. Ultimately, it became the first physical CD I had purchased in years, and my love affair has continued to grow.
Selecting just 10 was really hard to do, and I doubt my list will look like any other Kendrick fan’s out there. I really only included songs that are his, not features, except for one I couldn’t leave off.
Oh, and real quick. Explaining why I love music, and finding the right adjectives to describe things is a futile effort. I’ll do my best, but I’m sure it will all sound so contrived. I didn’t want to explain why I liked these, but felt it was worth giving a shot. I’d be an AWFUL music critique.