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The Top 11 of ’11: Dime’s Cultural Guide To The Year That Was

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Rick Ross and Lil Wayne – “John”

This year, Rick Ross, the Big Boss, a.k.a. Ricky Rozay somehow managed to find a way to recreate the same song over and over again. I mean I’ll give anyone five dollars if they can tell me any actual difference between Lex Luger produced songs “B.M.F.” (Blowin’ Money Fast), “MC Hammer” or “I’m Not a Star.” You can’t. But building off the success of 2010’s Teflon Don, Rick dropped Ashes to Ashes around the end of last year, which featured the slow, melodic radio cult hit “John Doe,” presumably a guide for how to respond when police ask for your name. Fast-forward a couple months, on the heels of Ross’ collaboration effort Self Made, Wayne joined the party on “John,” and spit one of the most lethal opening verses of the year, somehow mentioning Redd Foxx, Basquiat paintings, and Palmolive soap. Although the beat (and lyrics) are pretty much indistinguishable from “I’m Not a Star,” this song gets me hyped every time I hear it. I guess if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. –MICHAEL AUFSES

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