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The Recap: Song Of The Year
December 24
under: Felipe, Lists, Songs
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Mos Def – Quiet Dog Bite Hard

Ah, the best song category. Even though my choices were limited to hip-hop, I had a nearly impossible time compiling this list and selecting a victor. In the end, I narrowed the short-list down to the songs that got progressively better with each listen and chose the winner from that. “Quiet Dog Bite Hard” might not grab your attention in your first listen. Like me, you might ignore this song for months before giving it another chance. As you give it that second chance, then a third, a fourth and so on, you begin to realize that “Quiet Dog Bite Hard” is an addicting song. It’s lively, up-tempo bounce puts you in a good mood and the beat that drives this feeling is hard to dislike. The Latin flair in the instrumental feels more rhythmic and energetic than any standard hip-hop beat from this year.The quiet “simmer down” hook accentuates the high-energy verses, making the balance in this song on point. Party song or not, Mos Def delivers with some tight lyrics and his flow is just as rhythmic as the beat. “Quiet Dog Bite Hard” is not the best song of 2009 because it draws you in on the first listen; rather, it’s the best song because it retains your interest for many more listens to come.

Check out and listen to the full list of honorable mentions after the jump.

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Melanie Fiona – “It Kills Me” (Remix) feat. Ghostface Killah
December 17
under: Felipe, Songs, Toronto Spotlight
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It’s been a while since I’ve dropped any posts, but people get busy and especially at this time of year. Anyways, I got for you some more T.O. goodness with the Ghostface remix to Melanie Fiona’s “It Kills Me”. There has been some great R&B this year with artists like Maxwell and Jazmine Sullivan doing it big, and Melanie still managed to get some shine while these dope American singers were taking centre stage. It’s obvious enough that someone like Ghost would jump on this, and while his bars feel a bit forced because of the slow tempo, you can’t deny his prowess on R&B tracks. Shouts to NR.

Download: Melanie Fiona – “It Kills Me” (Remix) feat. Ghostface Killah

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