Stuff #10: Year-End Edition (Greatest Rap Songs of 2014)

This year, I wrote a blurb about the Jayson Werth Garden Gnome giveaway for the annual encyclopedia issue of the Washington City Paper. You can check that one out here. In music news, I covered Curren$y, Vince Staples, and Shy Glizzy for the Passion of the Weiss year-end lists. You can check out their best album and best song lists here and here.

Also, prior to all the year-end hoopla, I wrote about Willie The Kid, Capone-N-Noreaga, Hus Kingpin, SlumLord88, and compiled a fall mixtape for Passion of the Weiss. You can read those here, here, here, here, and here. My personal favorites are listed below, for propensity. See you next year.

Greatest Rap Songs of 2014: Zip

Stuff #9

I wrote blurbs about Nas, Gunplay, and Large Professor for Passion of the Weiss. I also made a slight contribution to the official D.C. Manual of Style and Usage over at the Washington City Paper. You can read the articles here, here, here, and here. Another new development: the good folks at Passion of the Weiss have finally re-launched with a slick new layout, and each of the regular writers have their own profile page. You can check mine out here.
  1. Vince Staples – "Hands Up"
  2. O.G. Maco – "W4R"
  3. Rakim – "My Melody (Marley Marl Remix)"
  4. Diamond D – "Superman"
  5. BadBadNotGood – "The Velvet Room"
  6. Imam Thug – "The Bridge 2000"
  7. MF Doom – "Caskets"

Stuff #8

I wrote a blurb about the upcoming 18th Annual F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Festival for Washington City Paper's new Fall Arts Guide. Prior to writing this, I'd never realized that Fitzgerald was buried less than a mile from my old apartment in Montgomery County. I drove or jogged past it multiple times every day for more than two years. A few weeks ago, I walked through the cemetery. At the foot of his tombstone, his enthusiasts left rose stems, composition books, fountain pens, and most interestingly, an old-timey magnetic compass. It was pretty cool to see.

On a lighter note, I also spoke with yU, very briefly, about the lead single off the forthcoming Diamond District album. You can read the articles here and here.
  1. Mary Love – "Power Of Love"
  2. Boldy James – "Something To Cry For"
  3. Boldy James – "Play It Cool"
  4. Prodigy – "Hoodie Weather"
  5. Rza & Kool G Rap – "Cakes"
  6. Dan Carlin – "Blueprint For Armageddon IV"
I probably wrote a few things for my home away from home, Passion of the Weiss, but the website is temporarily down until next week. But don't fret! They're gearing up to relaunch in the near future, perhaps next week, with a slick new layout.

Stuff #7

I wrote a brief profile on Ras Nebyu's elusive in-house producer, The Arckitech, for a new website called Bandwidth. It's somehow (in ways that I'm not yet qualified to explain) an extension of NPR and American University's WAMU radio station. Check the profile out here, and the slick new "about me" page they were kind enough to put together here. I also wrote blurbs about Boldy James, Raekwon and Mobb Deep for the good folks at Passion of the Weiss, here, here, and here, respectively.

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  1. DJ Quik – "That Niggaz Crazy (Live In California)"
  2. Rowdy Rebel & Bobby Shmurda – "Computers"
  3. AZ – "Red Magic"
  4. Nas – "The World Is Yours (Live At Radio City)"
  5. Mobb Deep – "Shark"

Stuff #6

I wrote blurbs about Cormega, Boldy James and Your Old Droog, and submitted a sultry summer playlist for Passion of the Weiss here, here, here, and here, respectively. Also, I'm really happy to hear Willie The Kid sound graceful again on Robbie "Unkut" Ettelson's new mixtape.

Download: Zip
  1. Agallah – "The Privilege"
  2. Boldy James – "Goose Egg"
  3. Ka – "Years"
  4. Lil B – "Hoop Life"
  5. Mr. Muthafuckin eXquire– "Gonzo Part 2" (Erase My Browsing History)
  6. Your Old Droog – "U 47"
  7. The Game  "Bigger Than Me"
  8. Willie The Kid  "Creeping on the Come-up"

Stuff #5

This month, I wrote about the best places to see outdoor movies for Washington City Paper. Check it out here. Also, I also covered a couple of new Cormega records and stitched together a cool spring playlist for Passion of the Weiss here, here, and here, respectively. Last but not least, I had a short piece of fiction published by The Bookends Review. Check that out here. Otherwise, I've been cooling out, listening to the new Blu album, Good To Be Home.

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  1. Blu – "Home"
  2. Blu – "Well Fare"
  3. Mayhem Lauren – "Been Official"
  4. Mr. Muthafuckin eXquire – "Whirlwind Pyramid"
  5. The Game – "Chiraq To L.A." (Tyga-less Version)
  6. The Moments – "Girls" (Rare French Version)
  7. Yung Gleesh  "Duece Mane"

Stuff #4

New raps. I wrote a hundred or so words about Wu-Tang in Washington City Paper's 2014 "Best of D.C." issue. Check it out here. Also, I also wrote blurbs about New Impressionz, Stretch and Bobbito, and Snoop Dogg for Passion of the Weiss here, here, and here, respectively.

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  1. C-Bo – "Birds In the Kitchen"
  2. Mobb Deep – "My Block"
  3. Mobb Deep – "Lifestyles of the Infamous"
  4. Nature – "Welcome To My World"
  5. Snoop Dogg – "Cadillacs"
  6. Soulja Boy – "We Made It"
  7. Tragedy, Capone, & Infinite  "Thug Paradise" (Mixtape Version)

Stuff #3

New week, new stuff. Here's a few records I've been playing to get my mind off the fact that True Detective is finally on hiatus. I also wrote a few blurbs about Willie The Kid and MF Doom and 50 Cent for Passion of the Weiss here and here and here, respectively.

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  1. AZ & DJ Doo Wop – "Practice"
  2. All-N-1 – "Mandingo"
  3. 50 Cent – "Hold On"
  4. Black Milk & Fat Ray – "1 For Dam"
  5. Noreaga – "Closer" (Sam Sneed Remix)
  6. Lil B  "Fuck Kevin Durant"
  7. Mobstyle  "Blowing Up"