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HDD’s Top 20 Tunes of 2012

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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.

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E40 – Function
Kaakie –  Toffee Pon Tongue
Gappy Ranks –  Wickedest Slam In Di Garrison
Busy Signal –  Real Spender$ (Theory Refix)
Burna Boy  – Like To Party
Omarion feat Wale – MIA

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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)

Future x Turn On The Lights (L Mann Tell The World About You Garage Remix)

Last week we released the latest in the HDD Hangover series by me, Hootie Who. The whole mix was me basically indulging in the music that I really enjoy but didn’t have the opportunity to play. This includes me trying to meld Future with some classic UK garage (I’ve often felt that Future has the ability to dabble in so many more genres than just Hip Hop). There is something amazing about an artist that can craft great songs, in a genre whose past is so fixated on lyrics, without being a great lyricist. Even that is slightly wrong because his statement ” I want to tell the whole world about you so that they can get jealous is better than anything else I have heard this year. It also describes how music focused people are on twitter.
Anyway I found out that there was a Future Remix contest, sadly we too late to try and enter it. Instead I went through the best of the remixes, a lot of them where not my cup of tea. This one is though, be repeating the refrain and keeping those tinny sounding keys but adding the familiar 4 x 4 of a garage break was a great touch. You can grab it here.