HNHH's Hottest Singles Of 2012: Part 2
Posted Dec 30, 2012 at 04:41 PM
#24 G.O.O.D. Music (Pusha T & Kanye West) - New God Flow
Possibly the hardest hitting single off the album, "New God Flow" marked a return to form for one-half of the Clipse Pusha T. Kanye teased fans with an a capella rendition of his hard-hitting verse. With a compilation LP overflowing with radio-friendly singles, this one stuck out as just two dope emcees dropping their deity-like rhymes.
#23 50 Cent Feat. Eminem & Adam Levine - My Life
The second single off Fif's fifth studio album had the much anticipation reunion of sorts between him and Slim Shady. Sure this tune is tailor made for radio play with Adam Levine on the hook, but Em and 50 do their thing over a beat that contains some banging drum beats. This is a single that walks the fine line of appeasing hip hop heads and appealing to pop-friendly audeinces.
#22 Game Feat. Chris Brown, Tyga, Wiz Khalifa & Lil Wayne - Celebration
2012 saw Game bounce back from a couple sub-par studio efforts with the impressive Jesus Piece. The album as a whole may be understated, better digested as a whole then just banging singles, but "Celebration" is a standout track on the LP, and when you get big verses from Wiz, Tyga, and Weezy, plus sprinkle in some Chris Brown then you have a massive hit on your hands.
#21 Meek Mill Feat. Big Sean - Burn
This searing single did massive things for both Milly and Detroit Playa, Big Sean, as the two flipped verses back and forth and tore this tune apart. "Burn" served as possibly the biggest cut off Meek's massive Dreamchasers 2 mixtape and signified that the two young emcees were not just rising but had arrived. Although they provided dope verses, nearly anyone could have sounded ill on this Jahlil Beats tune.
#20 DJ Khaled Feat. Rick Ross, Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj & Lil Wayne -
Take It To The Head
This tune reached such heights, not only because of the fantastic roster dropping bars, but the track is the type of laid back banger that plays big in the speakers of your ride, and the club, or bumpin it while you ride ride the train. Maybe the lyrics are not the best this crew could offer, but there is no ignoring how infectious the tune is. The most radio-friendly track on Kiss The Ring, this helped cement Khaled as the number 1 DJ/A&R hybrid player in the game.
H-Town's Kirko drops a tune that tips its hat to one of the city's preferred ways to get loose. The tune is slow moving, but still clapping, and has a hook that has the fellas leaning, and the ladies moving their asses in slow-mo. While the style may be more of a mimick to an actual chopped and screwed cut, this tune is enjoyable with the purple stuff, or whatever your drink of choice.
#18 ScHoolboy Q Feat. A$AP Rocky - Hands On The Wheel
Had the mainstream not heard of Q prior to this offering, they sure did afterwards, once this track became early inescapable. Getting A$AP to jump on the cut only helped things, as this record was designed for multiple listens. Containing lyrics and subject matter that borders on ignorant ironically it's the Lissie "Pursuit of Happiness" sample on the hook that draws listeners in, as the track details the two rappers over indulgence in "weed and booze".
#17 Kendrick Lamar Feat. Gunplay - Cartoon & Cereal
Both rappers broke out musically, and made headlines for completely different reasons. Perhaps that's what makes this track work with Gunplay's almost chaotic disorder, kept in check by K.Dot's rapid, but restrained style. The beat flows heavy and melodious with both rappers wrecking hell on the mic.
#16 Kanye West - Way Too Cold (Theraflu)
Kris Humphries least favorite jam of the summer, was originally titled "Way Too Cold", but Kanye was forced to change up the title. While 'Ye goes in on this tune the real star is Hit-Boy's pulsating beat with the echoing yells in the background. This is one of those Kanye specials that at first listen seems there is no way the masses will be on board, and then he plays with the track to make it constant rotation throughout the country.
#15 J. Cole - Miss America
The first single off his sophomore album, J. Cole goes hard over this tune laced with guitar riffs, and melodic background vocals, as this track showed a more serious Cole. "Miss America" blew up as the people have been impatiently waiting to get some new Cole, and the tune may not be track-friendly but nonetheless plays huge.
#14 Chris Brown - Don't Wake Me Up
Brown is one of the first R&B/Pop sensations to welcome EDM producers into the fold to help create music digestible by fans of many genres. David Guetta produced this dance-heavy Chris Brown ballad, that even features some voice modulation. Whether you're a fan of artists going this way, it's hard to argue with the "moveability" of such fist-pumping electro tunes.
#13 Kendrick Lamar - Swimming Pools (Drank)
Many heralded GKMC as an instant-classic, while detractors of K.Dot's debut studio effort said it was "boring" and devoid of big hits. Perhaps they skipped over this tune. T-Minus crafted a beat that makes that listener feel as if they are engulfed in liquid which Kendrick uses to write this cautionary tale of over indulgence. With a two-part hook that contains the slapping "hold up, drank" and the sped up "get a swimming pool full of liquor then you dive in", this single has Compton's golden child's complete skill set on display.
#12 Pusha T Feat. The-Dream - Exodus 23:1
Pusha T's lyrical ability has never really been questioned as a member of Clipse, and this scathing cut showed that the Virginia emcee could go in raw on a solo track as well. After some subliminal shots on previous records he goes in on YMCMB's Weezy and Drizzy.
#11 Meek Mill Feat. Drake and Jeremih - Amen
Philly spitta Meek Mill made a name for himself by setting tunes on fire, like on "Burn", but it's this organ-sampled Church-centric tune that was his biggest of the year. With Drake jumping on and offering complementary bars and smooth vocals from Jeremih this track played well on stereos as a laid back summer jam produced by rising producer Key Wayne.
#10 2 Chainz Feat. Drake - No Lie
This summer it was tough to find a big single that 2 Chainz didn't make an appearance on, and on this track he gets arguably the biggest producer of 2012, Mike WiLL Made It to drop this thumping dark beat. Drake, yet again, jumps on a massive single and offers up some nice bars about his sex life, and an airy hook.
#9 Kanye West, Big Sean & Jay-Z - Clique
Originally offered up as a solo Big Sean track on G.O.O.D. Music's Cruel Summer, this Hit-Boy produced hypnotic banger was arguably murdered by all three rappers as Jay-Z and Kanye jumped on and offered up personal introspective verses. The simple but enticing hook plays well with the looping beat, and whenever you get Jay and 'Ye on a tune, both in fine form, then you have a certified banger.