Merry Christmas from #MuLa! Once again, sorry for the delay, but without further ado here is our second part to the top 20 singles of the year.
French Montana – Shot Caller Remix (ft. Diddy & Rick Ross)
Album: N/A Producer: Harry Fraud
The orginal to this is what reall set French’s career into motion, leading him to sign a joint venture with Maybach Music and Bad Boy Records. Then came the remix. Hopping onto the jazz horn-lead beat were the leaders of both groups, Diddy and Rozay, and both added a little something to make la musica de Harry Fraud even better.
Schoolboy Q – Hands On The Wheel (ft. A$AP Rocky)
Album: Habits & Contradictions Producer: Best Kept Secret
Sampling Lissie’s cover of Pursuit Of Happiness, Q delivers the best ode to weed and brews featuring his good friend Rocky. Both of them lace it and their chemistry is obvious; every song they’ve done together has been sick, they need to do a joint project or something.
A$AP Rocky – Fuckin’ Problems (ft. Drake, Kendrick Lamar & 2 Chainz)
Album: Long Live A$AP Producer: 40
Although “Goldie” really began the hype for A$AP’s album, and solidified his presence in hip-hop it was this Club Paradise reunion song which made the most impact. Featuring probably the 4 biggest rappers of the year, they all discussed they’re fucking problems. Expect this one to carry on playing right into 2013.
Miguel – Adorn
Album: Kaleidoscope Dream Producer: Miguel
We’ve already discussed our love for Miguel on the Top 10 Mixtapes post, but here he is again. Adorn was probably the most sexy song of the year, and it recaptured the soul in R&B which has been missing for so long.
Chief Keef – Dont Like Remix (ft. Kanye West, Pusha T, Big Sean & Jadakiss)
Album: Cruel Summer Producer: Young Chop
Although th original was the one which sparked mayhem on the streets and had about 10 million remixes (including one from Boy Better Know), it was this version which got it that much publicity in the first place. Plus, the original wasn’t actually very good. Although the strange street-child Keef is the lead artist, lets be honest, it’s the G.O.O.D. family who make this special. This the shit we DO like!
Big Sean – Clique (ft. Jay Z & Kanye West)
Album: Cruel Summer Producer: Hit-Boy
Do I even need to say anything on this one? It features The Throne and has a Hit-Boy beat. I KNOW you’ve heard this one out at a club.
Kendrick Lamar – Swimming Pools (Drank)
Album: good kid, M.A.A.D. city Producer: T-Minus
Featuring a woozy T-Minus backdrop, Kendrick kick started his first chart success with this anti-drinking song disguised as a party one. Genius. Read our full review of his album here.
Usher – Climax
Album: Looking 4 Myself Producer: Diplo
Ok, we lied THIS is the sexiest song of the year. Probably the best song Usher has ever recorded, he also brought back that 90’s vibe over some stellar Diplo production. Written by Elijah Blake (who you should look out for), this was a success on mainstream radio and on the blogs and more importantly didn’t sound like it was produced by David Guetta. Nice work Raymond.
Jai Paul – Jamine
Album: N/A Producer: Jai Paul
Although Jai hasn’t been the biggest fan of our blog (read our feature on him here), he still released one of the best songs of the year. Jasmine is an incredible fusion of R&B and dance music, which sounds like nothing made before it. Definitely baby making music, the vocals are so distorted you almost can’t make them out at all, and it works perfectly.
Kanye West – Mercy (ft. Big Sean, Pusha-T & 2 Chainz)
Album: Cruel Summer Producer: Lifted, Kanye West, Jeff Bhasker, Mike Will & Hudson Mohawke)
The first single from the highly anticipated Cruel Summer album did everything it was supposed to; Blow away critics and set new trends. A real individual effort (unsurprisingly from the variety of producers it has) this song was huge, 0-0-0-ok?!