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Dom Kennedy X My Type of Party Decoded

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.

HDD’s Top 20 Tunes of 2011

As 2011 is coming to a close we decided to do the 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 2011.

Schlachthofbronx – Wine & Wave (Toddla T Remix)
Darq E Freaker – Cherryade
Shal Marshall – Motorbike
Kelly Rowland feat Lil Wayne – Motivation
Tomb Crew feat Illaman, Rubi Dan & Juxci D  – Watch This
Adele – Rolling in the Dub (Shepdog Mix)
Mr Vegas – Certain Law (Murlo Notting Hill Dub)
Vybz Kartel – Go Go Wine
Serocee – Oh Na Na
Walter Ego feat Coco & K Dot – Calm Down
Buraka Som Sistema – Hangover
Shy Fx – Raver (B Traits Remix)
Beyonce –  Countdown
Toddla T feat Wayne Marshall & Skream – Streets So Warm
Laza Morgan feat Mavado – One by One (DJ Theory remix)
Stylo G – Call Me a Yardie
Kes The Band – Wotless
DJ Khaled feat Drake, Lil Wayne & Rick Ross – Im on one
Jay Z and Kanye West – Niggas in Paris
Leftside & Shaggy – Jump up Around

It was extremely difficult to pick our top 20 tunes of the year, here are the tunes that came close but did not quite make the top 20.


Kendrick Lamar – ADHD
Two Bears – Bear Hug
Checan & Ross Orton – Difference
Mr Vegas – Bruk it Down
Dubbel Dutch – Racks Remix
Burgaboy feat Donaeo – Where’s My Mansdem At


Zed Bias  feat Omar – Dancing
Shabba Ranks – None a Dem
Jhene Aiko – My Mine
Spice feat  Missy Elliot – Fun
Flavour – Ashowa Remix feat Asem and Stone
R Kelly – Memories

Westwood’s Carnival – Jay-Z

Tim Westwood, what can you say about him that hasnt been said already. The big man has been trending on twitter recently with the comments mainly being i hate him or i hate him and he is a legend. For me he is a legend someone that ahs done more for hip hop in the UK than almost anyone else. Yes he may be white and a son of a vicar but what has that got to to with anything that’s more a symptom of other people’s narrow minded view of hip hop. they say he acts black, as far i am concerned he isn’t. He is acting Hip Hop, on his show he dials it down but when in front of a television camera he dials it up and that’s where most of the hate is from.

One of the many great things he has done is upload some of his footage from his carnival stage show from the mid 90’s. I recently chatted to an older family friend and he told me that his favourite Carnival moment in 20 years was watching Jay Z before he made it big. And here is that video of a Du-ragged Jay-Z looking a lot less cool than he does now. It’s weird to think that certain moments crystallise musicians but according to 1 youtube commentator this is his/her moment realising that Jay-Z is a star.