31. Kingpen Slim – “Dead”
Slim and The Ghost commit double homicide over Mark Henry’s sinister guitar lick and a bassline that sinks to the lower registers like a mother’s heart upon witnessing her child outlined in chalk.
32. Gucci Mane Ft. Future – “F*ck The World”
A by-product of Gucci Mane’s prolific year, “F*ck The World” saw him link up with Future who provided one of his better hooks, out of a lot of great hooks, from the year. Future raps, “I put my heart in every verse,” but both he and Gucci offer up a fairly deep song disguised by the flippant “F*ck The World” title.
33. Blue Sky Black Death & Nacho Picasso – “Public Enemy”
With the help of partners in crime/production duo Blue Sky Black Death, “Public Enemy” is ultra slow, and so drugged out that one can nearly catch a contact high from Nacho Picasso. Deeper than the sh*t talking, bragging, and weirdo raps that have carved his lane, Nacho’s inclusion of the Seattle Police Department makes this song all the more relevant and chilling.
34. The Jealous Guys – “Love and Other Drugs”
Over Jay Curry’s heartstring-tugging, sad violins, The Jealous Guys bemoan the perils of “Love And Other Drugs.” While the song is a little melancholy, the duo mixes their flow up and work beautifully with the instrumental to make love and drugs sound more than appealing.
35. Pink Dollaz – “No Makeup”
From the stellar Pink Drugs tape, the rambunctious, self-assured “No Makeup” was one of the highlights from Pink Dollaz. Oozing self-confidence, the song was equally part sassy and equally part dance inducing, a perfect introduction to the all-girls crew.
36. Ab-Soul – “The Book Of Soul”
Ab’s elegy for Alori Joh will tug at the emotions as a man explains his love for a woman.
37. T.I. Ft. Juicy J & Trae The Truth – “Fightin’ Words”
“As the title suggests, everything about the song laughs in the face of the weak at heart. Tip’s venomous hook is complimented by an ill-tempered verse. From there Juicy J’s tales of trippy living comes off additionally catchy as his flow appeared to integrate with the instrumental damn near flawlessly.”
38. Two9 Ft. Key!, Curtis Williams, & Jace of Retro Su$h! – “They Love It”
Two9 members Key!, Curtis Williams, and Jace craft a hopelessly catchy song with “They Love It.” The entire Two9 crew has had a breakout year, and they seemed to foreshadow it with cuts such as this, rapping about how everyone loves them. Despite that, their laid back cadences and ability to ride nonchalantly on the back side of the beat overshadow give people a reason to love them.
39. Scotty Ft. Playboy Tre & SL Jones “Too Cool”
Besides making music that anyone can relate to, Scotty demonstrated that his hook game was second to none, with “Too Cool” being almost too cool for its own good. So cool, in fact, that he had to grab Playboy Tre and SL Jones to up the ante in the remix.
40. Trouble Ft. Gucci Mane, Rocko, & Travis Porter – “U Don’t Deserve Dat (Remix)”
2012 taught me that Trouble is an excellent rapper, with him broaching touchy subjects like creepin’ women and domestic violence, and still spinning it into a song worthy of repeat play. For the remix of “U Don’t Deserve Dat,” Gucci Mane, Rocko, and Travis Porter all contribute worthy verses, but Radric steals the spotlight. Say what you want about the guy with the ice cream tattoo on his face, but there are rare glimpses to his hilarious humor, and this is one of them.