Most people who read me or know me know that I was pretty underwhelmed by most black music released this year. I do think this was a stronger year for individual songs than it was for albums, but even so I could literally only come up with 10 songs that I really love, that I played a lot, that I repped for hard this year.
Before we get to those though, here are a few runners-up. These are songs I like, that are good in their own way, but didn't quite bowl me over the way the top 10 did for one reason or another.
Anwar Robinson, “Come Over”
EPMD, “Don’t Get Clapped”
Frank Ocean, “Back”
JLS, “Shy of the Cool”
Johnny Gill, “In the Mood”
LastO ft. Stern Savage ,“The City”
Van Hunt ,“What Were You Hoping For”
Teedra Moses, “To Hell Wit It’
Mobb Deep ft. Nas, "Dog Shit"
Jazmine Sullivan, “Fly & Sexy”
Lalah Hathaway, “Small of My Back”
Common ft. Nas, "Ghetto Dreams"
After the jump, get into the 10 songs that I adored this year.
Yet one more reason why Tyrese should give up books, movies, and Twitter.
I actually admire Tyrese a lot for making this the lead single from his upcoming album. This is not the kind of song that fits anywhere on the radio right now.
I love the retro Al Green feel to this. It even sounds like it was recorded with the background vocalists in the same room with Tyrese. There's a chemistry to the interplay between the lead and the backgrounds that I don't think you can really manufacture in the usual way. The imperfect mix of the backgrounds I think actually makes it sound even more retro than it might have otherwise.