Published on October 17th, 2016 | by AWKWORD0
Verified Tastemaker AWKWORD Curates New Audiomack Mix
First off, big shoutout to the good folks at Audiomack for recognizing the value in what I’m doing with these monthly best-of playlists, naming me a ‘Verified Tastemaker’. It’s now even easier to fall upon our playlists in the app and on the website. (And thank you to Matt Diamond of Diamond Media/Coalmine Records for including my song in his first playlist for Audiomack!)
This month may be the best yet, from top to bottom — and that last part’s proverbial, as all the playlists are ‘mixed’ based on sound, style and theme, and not from the best to the 50th best.
Standouts this month:
- First and foremost, my past collaborator REKS, who appears THREE TIMES over top-notch production.
- An African anthem put together by the legendary DJ Jimmy Jatt, featuring Femi Kuti and my friend and “I Am” collaborator Modenine.
- Two in-your-face political cuts, from rappers’ rappers Emilio Rojas (see below) and Saigon.
- The song that sold me on young white rapper Token, the heartfelt “Happiness”.
- Two songs featuring my favorite rapper — and friend and collaborator — ILL BILL.
- Better representation from women in Hip Hop, with new music from Dominique Larue, Eternia and Rapsody.
- My introduction to Chox-Mak, who beat me to the punch using his daughters to deliver a beautiful hook.
- Break-neck beats from Statik Selektah, Buckwild, Large Professor, Alchemist, Apollo Brown, Nottz, Optiks and J. Rawls.
- The return (again) of one of my personal favorites, Mickey Factz.
- More brilliant bully rap from Conway and WestSide Gunn.
The Top 50 Playlist (NOT in order of best to worst):
- Chox-Mak ft. Neet & Dawbi – Unstoppable [prod. by CDS Productions]
- DJ Jimmy Jatt ft. M.anifest, Navio, Modenine & Femi Kuti – The Greatest [prod. by Kid Konnect]
- Kardinal Offishall ft. P.K. Subban & Yoana – Year One
- Machine Gun Kelly – Just What I Am (Remixx) [prod. by Kid Cudi]
- Brian Breach ft. Chris Rivers – Breakfast [prod. by Makemdef]
- Matt Citron – Stay Down [prod. by Buckwild]
- Koncept ft. Akie Bermiss – Time To Go [prod. by Optiks]
- J. Rawls & Dominique Larue – Fuckin Jerk [prod. by J. Rawls]
- Token – Happiness [prod. by Kato]
- Darnell Williams ft. Denzel Curry & Elohim – Pale Fire [prod. by Rock Mafia & Lost Values]
- Emilio Rojas – I Hate Donald Trump [prod. by JR]
- Saigon – Blessing (Pro Gun Anthem)
- Mickey Factz & Nottz – 414 Words [prod. by Nottz]
- Babylon Warchild ft. Punchline & Wordsworth – Piano Keys
- Phantasm (of Cella Dwellas) & Soulbrotha (Germany) – Louder Than Ever [prod. by Soulbrotha]
- Torii Wolf & DJ Premier ft. Rapsody – Shadows Crawl (Remix) [prod. by DJ Premier]
- Eternia ft. Phoenix Pagliacci – For This Life [prod. by A. Beck]
- John Reilly – Rabbit Hole [prod. by Rediculous]
- DJ Supa Dave ft. King Syze, John Jigg$ & Akrobatik – That Real Shit [prod. by DJ Supa Dave]
- Termanology – Count It [prod. by Buckwild]
- Reks – Gone Baby Gone [prod. by Large Professor]
- Reks – Liberation [prod. by Black Milk]
- Reks – Jump Shots [prod. by Buckwild]
- La Coka Nostra (DJ Lethal, Danny Boy, Slaine & ILL BILL) – Stay True [prod. by Statik Selektah]
- Slaine ft. Vinnie Paz, ILL BILL & Jared Evan – Legendary [prod. by The Arcitype]
- Czarface (Esoteric, Inspectah Deck & 7L) – All In Together Now [prod. by 7L & Todd Spadafore]
- Ab-Soul ft. Da$h – Huey Knew [prod. by Willie B]
- Trizz ft. Chuuwee – Break Bread [prod. by AC3 Beats]
- Pounds ft. WestSide Gunn & Clifton Haston – Tributes [prod. by Spittzwell]
- Apollo Brown & Skyzoo ft. WestSide Gunn & Conway – Basquiat on the Draw [prod. by Apollo Brown]
- Conway – Just Gangsta (No Mercy Version) [prod. by Mil of EFFISCIENZ]
- Inkredible N.E.S. ft. Conway – Drumz [prod. by Skitso]
- Jay Holly, Ca$aBlanca, Daniel Son & SmooVth – Iron [prod. by Giallo Point]
- Danny Brown – Tell Me What I Don’t Know [prod. by Paul White]
- CJ Fly – Now You Know [prod. by Matt Noble]
- Rocky Diamonds – Fourty Five [prod. by Sergio R.]
- Kweku Collins – Life Part 2 [prod. by Kweku Collins]
- Benjamin Earl Turner ft. Saba – Outro (Yell Pretty) [prod. by Owen]
- Thane ft. Mick Jenkins & Solei – Garden [prod. by Thane]
- Amir Obe – No Peace [prod. by NYLZ]
- Sleek ft. Lexus Russell – Fly Away [prod. by The Cratez]
- Locksmith ft. David Correy – Go There [prod. by Kent Jones]
- Action Bronson – Descendant of the Stars [prod. by Alchemist]
- Fabolous ft. Shake – To The Sky [prod. by Sonaro]
- Chedda Bang ft. Method Man – Off This [prod. by Chedda Bang]
- JR Writer – meet ZEUS [prod. by Criss Childs]
- Neef Buck ft. State Property (Beanie Sigel, Freeway, Peedi Crakk, Oschino, Omillio Sparks & Young Chris) – Game of Thrones [prod. by Tryfe]
- Horseshoe Gang ft. KXNG Crooked, Sauce Tha Boss & Mad Man – Hood High [prod. by Pitchshifters]
- Young Noble ft. Deuce Deuce & stic.man – Turn Down [prod. by Crazy T]
- Young Noble ft. Hussein Fatal – Where Do We Go [prod. by Boss Devito]
Top-50 Mix Stream: