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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.
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Damn, this definitely made my day! This was played last night when Jay Electronica and Just Blaze were on Tony Touch’s radio show. And for a radio rip, this is great quality the track now has a title (“Just Begun”) and the CDQ is up. Talib, J. Cole, Jay Electronica, and Mos Def murder this smooth jazz beat, dropping plenty quotable lines. The great thing about this track it makes me even more excited about the projects these guys have coming up (J. Cole and Reflection Eternal’s expected albums, Jay Electronica’s Act II mixtape and Mos Def on the next Gorillaz album, Plastic Beach). Big ups to NR for this.
Lyrics posted after the jump.
Jay Electronica has always impressed me every time I listen to a track of his but I still have never fully bumped any of his music, I think I just need to hear more of it and find one that is my jam. “Exhibit C” is another one that sounds great and with the soulful sample, produced by Just Blaze, he sounds a little like Nas, who he ironically raps about in the track. This song just dropped but it already is up on iTunes so there will be no download link but you can always click on the link below and support the artist too. I almost forgot there is an instrumental available and I already saw a remix (and expect a ton more) so go crazy on it.
iTunes: Jay Electronica – “Exhibit C”
Jay Electronica is not someone I normally listen to but it is a slow day and I have liked a couple tracks of his in the past so I gave this a shot. The rhyming is some of the better stuff I have heard from Jay and I liked his steady, deliberate flow. J. Dilla produced this track too which was done while he was alive and it was initially supposed to be for Jay’s album War With the Dragon. Grab the link below and let me know if you’re feeling it.
Jota Flowers, a.k.a. Jay Electronica, throws down a verse for his remix of “Who’s Gonna Save My Soul” at the same time as Gnarls Barkley’s limited edition release of the Who’s Gonna Save My Soul EP. Originally on The Odd Couple album, the EP has a bunch of different versions of the song and a few other bonus tracks. Jay’s remix is cool but this song is incredible on its own. The video is probably the best music video I have seen this year and is nominated for a Grammy in the Best Short Form Music Video category. Props to OkayPlayer for the remix. Click the break to see the video.