One of the standouts of Dom’s latest lp Get Home Safely gets the visuals it deserves. The west coast revival is coming and this is something that truly captures the vibe coming out from a lot of these artists. Whilst New York bickers with itself, the west key players all flit in and around each others projects .TeeFlii even brings his “Annie” fictional character to this song. The video itself is similar to a lot of Dom’s recent ones, party vibe everyone having fun and not much more. It really does let the music speak for itself which is smart. My hope for the coming year is that Paranoid blows up, Left Right blows up, Up Down blows up and this leads to a new Teeflii x Dj Mustard song blowing up. Followed by Eric Bellinger then a Sade x DJ Mustard track.
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Some more of that new west coast hip hop from the OPM crew. This song doesn’t reinvent the wheel but it is something that you can just ride along to. With the familiar sample and those 808’s it will be a an earworm. Taken from Niko’s latest mixtape expect this one to get some plays at HDD HQ.
Now this is a surprise, Bonic of Philly’s Most Wanted fame teams up with Dom Kennedy for this collab. It’s sounds like an updated Philly’s Most wanted which is wicked. Legacy acts doing updated versions of what they are known for. That’s the ticket.
As 2012 comes into its last few days we decided to repeat last year’s near- impossible task of picking our top 20 tunes of the year. Based on the tunes we have been playing out and the tunes we have been listening to at HDD Headquarters, in no particular order, here are our top hip hop, dancehall and tropical tunes of 2012.
Atumpan – The Thing
Kerwin Du Bois – Bacchanalist
Miguel – Adorn
Jeremih – 773 Love
Vybz Kartel – Party Mi Say
Machel Montano – Go Down
Kanye West feat Big Sean, Pusha T, 2 Chainz – Mercy
Konshens – Stop Sign
Dom Kennedy – My Type Of Party
Kendrick Lamar feat Dr Dre – The Recipe
Cham – Wine
Frank Ocean – Pyramids
Murlo – Next To You
D’Banj – Oliver Twist
Future – Turn On The Lights
Trojan – Check Your Weight
The Dream – Dope Bitch
Popcaan – Party Shot
Jessie Ware – 110%
Dre Skull – Kling Klang Riddim
Picking just 20 tunes that summed up the year in music for us was extremely difficult so here are the tunes that came close but did not quite make the top 20.
Santigold – Disparate Youth
Poirier – Bring It On feat EJ Von Lyrik
Kakal – Saltfish (Magaroze Riddim)
Lexx Blake feat Serocee & Rubi Dan – Let Your Booty Riddim
Stylo G – Press Up
R2Bees feat Sarkodie & Nana Boro – Agyeeei (Dubbel Dutch Re-Riddim)
Dom Kennedy enlists the man of the moment (Juicy J) and Tyga for the remix of one of the best songs of the summer. It also features a new verse from Dom kicking it on a chill out flow vibe. This single is the lead single (listen to it here) off the new OPM project which you can download here.
Dom Kennedy recently sat down with Jay Z’s website Life and Times to chat about the lyrics to his summer anthem My Type of Party. He talks about wanting to make a song that was a party vibe without being overly hype. To be honest there is so much of that missing and this song as well as the Yellow Lp filled that void this summer.