41. Domo Genesis & Alchemist – “F*ck Everybody Else”
The Alchemist had an amazing 2012, and his collaborative project with Domo Genesis was a big part of it. Young Doms flexes a lean and stripped down lyrical approach in this quick but effective gut punch from the No Idols mixtape.
42. Adele – “Skyfall”
One word: EPIC
43. Miguel – “Do You”
“Adorn” received much of the praise from Miguel’s immaculate sophomore LP, as it should. “Do You,” however, was yet another example of buddy’s propensity to produce not only a radio smash, but high-quality R&B in the process.
44. Dom Kennedy – “1:25”
Dom managed to make a record providing the ideal soundtrack for whatever one can imagining happening at 1:25 in the morning.
45. Game Ft. JMSN & J. Cole – “Pray”
Nas should act as if that “Black Girl Lost 2” track never happened, and give the title to this song.
46. Big Sean – “RWT”
“I’m perverted as fuck, got a pole in the house
Got your girl and her girl and they hoein’ it out
But you standin’ outside cause no hoes is allowed
If you work like I work, you would throw in the towel
Once you get in this life, man, there’s no comin’ out
And haters look at me like snow in the south
Sean spazzed THE hell out here.
47. Freddie Gibbs Ft. Problem – “On Me”
Freddie may be from Gary, Indiana, but this offering found on Baby Face Killa has 75 degree, clear sky weather while riding down Sunset Boulevard written all over it.
48. T.I. Ft. Akon – “Wonderful Life”
T.I.’s father and his slain-best friend, Philant Johnson, reach out to Tip from the grave reassuring him even through all the trials and tribulations, life is, indeed, wonderful. It almost felt like Tip needed to make this record to cleanse his soul.
49. Dizzy Wright – “Can’t Trust Em”
Don’t let Dizzy get in his zone. Weak rappers will suffer the consequences.
50. Nas Ft. Amy Winehouse – “Cherry Wine”
No prisoner of the moment here, but from the afterlife, Amy helped Nas deliver one of the best and most vulnerable tracks of his career.