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    BDTB Presents: Favorite Releases of 2013


    As we’ve done the last two years, below is the list of our favorite projects from 2013. This includes both local and global music with a mixture of hip hop, eclectic sounds, singing goodness, and even strictly instrumental works. This year we selected five favorites each, but listed a total of 60 other projects we suggest checking out.

    We also want to state that this is by no means a “best of” list because there is no way to listen to everything, but these are the projects that Jay Diff, Baby D, and myself were bumping and/or feeling the most in 2013. Of course we suggest you check out anything we post, but with that being said, we highly suggest checking out these projects:

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    Seangevity:
    Add-2 – More Missed Calls (Listen)
    Built To Fade – To Dust (Listen)
    Ladi6 – Automatic (Listen)
    Locksmith – The Green Box (Listen)
    Vic Mensa – INNANETAPE (Listen)

    Jay Diff:
    Childish Gambino – Because the Internet (Listen)
    Charles Bradley – Victim Of Love (Listen)
    Oddisee – The Beauty In All / Tangible Dream (Listen / Listen)
    Run The Jewels (Killer Mike x El-P) – Run The Jewels (Listen)
    Vic Mensa – INNANETAPE (Listen)

    Baby D:
    Childish Gambino – Because the Internet (Listen)
    Fresh Kils – The Fresh Meat Tape (Listen)
    Kid Cudi – Indicud (Buy)
    Lorde – Pure Heroine (Buy)
    Mac Miller – Watching Movies With The Sound Off (Buy)

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    = we all selected it
    s = seangevity chose it
    j = jay diff chose it
    b = baby d chose it
    * = a favorite of the favorites

    Favorite Hip Hop Releases:
    Chance the Rapper – Acid Rap (‡)
    Mac Miller – Watching Movies With The Sound Off (‡) *
    Add-2 x Khrysis – Between Heaven and Hell (j, s)
    Childish Gambino – Because the Internet (b, j) *
    Jay-Z – MCHG (b, j)
    Oddisee – The Beauty In All / Tangible Dream (j, s) *
    Pusha T – My Name Is My Name (b, j)
    Run The Jewels – Run The Jewels (j, s) *
    Vic Mensa – INNANETAPE (j, s) *
    8thW1 x PVD – Lux De Ville (s)
    Add-2 – More Missed Calls (s) *
    Big K.R.I.T. – King Remembered In Time (j)
    Big Sean – Hall of Fame (b)
    Blake Allee – Televisionn (b)
    Chuck Inglish – Droptops (s)
    Dizzy Wright – The Golden Age (j)
    Grey Granite – Rich in the Blood: Eye of the Shield (b)
    J. Cole – Born Sinner (j)
    Jamall Bufford – Victim of a Modern Age (s)
    L’Orange x Stik Figa – The City Under The City (s)
    Locksmith – The Green Box (s) *
    Mad Dukez x Fresh Kils – Gettin’ Gatsby (s)
    MoRuf – Shades of Moo (s)
    Q-Tip & Busta Rhymes – The Abstract and the Dragon (b)
    R.A. The Rugged Man – Legends Never Die (j)
    Roy Kinsey – Beautiful Only (s)
    ScienZe – Ella: The Prologue (s)
    Skyzoo x Antman Wonder – An Ode To Reasonable Doubt (j)
    Scoot Dubbs – The Difference Between Day and Night (b)
    Sirius Blvck – Ancient Lights (s)
    Slot-A – The Transition (s)
    The Procussions – The Procussions (s)
    Wale – Gifted (b)
    Yo Gotti – I Am (j)


    Favorite Eclectic/Instrumental/Other Releases:
    Janelle Monae – The Electric Lady (b, j)
    Slot-A – The Power of Intention (b, j)
    14KT – Nickel & Dimed (j)
    Benamin – Beats And Thangs (j)
    Built To Fade – To Dust (s) *
    Charles Bradley – Victim Of Love (j) *
    Daft Punk – Random Access Memories (b)
    Denitia & Sene – His and Hers (s)
    Dirg Gerner – Dirg Gerner (s)
    DJ MetroGnome – Best of Ghostface Vol. 1 (b)
    Echomaker – The ReKamOHce (s)
    Egadz – Satellites (s)
    Eric Lau – One of Many (s)
    Esta – Paradise (s)
    Farhot – Kabul Fire Vol. 1 (b)
    Fresh Kils – The Fresh Meat Tape (b) *
    Jhene Aiko – Sail Out (j)
    Justin Timberlake – 20/20 (j)
    K.Raydio x Psymun – LucidDreamingSkylines (s)
    Kid Cudi – Indicud (b) *
    Ladi6 – Automatic (s) *
    Lorde – Pure Heroine (b) *
    Mayer Hawthorne – Where Does This Door Go (j)
    MeLo-X – GOD: LoFi (s)
    Quadron – Avalanche (j)
    R. Kelly – Black Panties (b)
    Small Professor – Nasty Jawns (b)
    Tall Black Guy – 8 Miles To Moenart (s)
    Terrace Martin – 3Chord Fold (j)

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    BDTB Presents: Favorite Releases of 2012


    As we did last year, below is the list of our favorite projects this year. Locally, globally, hip hop, eclectic, and instrumental wise. We also want to state that this is by no means a “best of” list, just the projects that Jay Diff, Baby D, and myself were bumping and/or feeling the most. We each chose close to 15 hip hop releases, 5-10 eclectic and/or instrumental releases, and came together and chose a few local projects. We suggest you check out anything we post, but being said, we REALLY suggest checking out these projects:

    = we all selected it
    g = seangevity chose it
    d = jay diff chose it
    b = baby d chose it


    Favorite Hip Hop Releases:
    Kendrick Lamar – Good Kid m.a.d.d. City (‡)
    Grumpy Old Men – Free Lunch (d, g)
    Kids These Days – Traphouse Rock (d, b)
    Killer Mike – R.A.P. Music (d, g)
    Nas – Life Is Good (d, b)
    Oddisse – People Hear What They See (d, g)
    Sean Price – Mic Tyson (d, b)
    Schoolboy Q – Habits and Contradictions (d, b)
    Skyzoo – A Dream Deferred (d, g)
    Ab-Soul – Control System (d)
    Add-2 – Save.Our.Souls (g)
    Aesop Rock – Skelethon (g)
    Apollo Brown & OC – Trophies (d)
    Big K.R.I.T. – 4veaNaday (d)
    Big K.R.I.T. – Live from the Underground (g)
    Brother Ali – Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color (g)
    Chiddy Bang – Breakfast (b)
    Childish Gambino – Royalty (b)
    Chuuwee – Crown Me King (b)
    Chuuwee – Wildstyle (b)
    Dag Savage – Salvation (g)
    Dark Time Sunshine – ANX (g)
    El-P – Cancer For A Cure (d)
    Fly Union – Zenith (d)
    G.O.O.D. Music – Cruel Summer (b)
    Joey BadA$$ – 1999 (d)
    June – Old Inglish (b)
    Kardinal Offishal & Nottz – Allow Me To Re-Introduce Myself (g)
    Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – The Heist (b)
    Oreo Jones – Betty (b)
    Pac Div – GMB (b)
    Phony Ppl – Phonyland. (d)
    Rashid Hadee – Aural Sex: The Search for Pinky Tuscadero (g)
    Soul Khan – Wellstone (g)
    TI – Trouble Man Heavy Is The Head (d)
    The Black Opera – Libretto: of King Legend (g)
    Wale – Folarin (b)

    Favorite Eclectic/Instrumental/Other Releases (Not Hip Hop):
    Flying Lotus – Until The Quiet Comes (d, g)
    Frank Ocean – channelORANGE (d, b)
    Robert Glasper – Black Radio (d, g)
    Georgia Anne Muldrow – Seeds (g)
    Jared Evan – The 4th Chapter (g)
    Kyle Rapps & Diwon – Syndication (b)
    Lonegevity – Reverb (d, b)
    Miguel – Kaleidoscope Dream (d)
    Shuko and Friends – In Remembrance of Amy (b)
    Small Professor – Cool Story, Pro (b)
    Talen Ted – The Difference (d)
    The Weeknd – Trilogy (d)
    TNGHT – TNGHT (d)

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    BDTB Presents: Favorite Releases of 2011


    We decided a few weeks ago to put together a list of our favorite projects this year. Locally, globally, hip hop, eclectic, and instrumental wise. We also want to state that this is by no means a “best of” list, just the projects that Jay Diff and myself were bumping and/or feeling the most. We each chose 25 hip hop releases, 10 eclectic and/or instrumental releases, and came together and chose a few local projects. We suggest you check out anything we post, but being said, we REALLY suggest checking out these projects:

    = we both selected it
    g = seangevity chose it
    d = jay diff chose it

    Favorite Hip Hop Releases:
    Action Bronson – Well Done () [Buy]
    Big K.R.I.T. – Return of Forever () [Free]
    Common – The Dreamer, The Believer () [Buy]
    Danny Brown – XXX () [Free]
    Grumpy Old Men – Sunday Skool () [Free]
    Kendrick Lamar – Section 80 () [Buy]
    Mighty High Coup – Boom Rap () [Buy]
    Pac Div – The Div () [Buy]
    Pharoahe Monch – W.A.R. () [Buy]
    Phonte – Charity Starts at Home () [Buy]
    Random Axe – Random Axe () [Buy]
    Skyzoo – The Great Debater () [Free]
    The Roots – undun () [Buy]
    Torae – For The Record () [Buy]
    9th Wonder – The Wonder Years (d) [Buy]
    Astronote – Weapon of the Future (g) [Free]
    Charlie Smarts – LowBottomMe (g) [Free]
    Co$$ – Before I Awoke (g) [Buy]
    DTMD – Makin Dollas (g) [Buy]
    Elzhi – Elmatic (d) [Buy]
    Evidence – Cats & Dogs (g) [Buy]
    Exile – 4trk Mind (g) [Buy]
    Fabolous – The S.O.U.L. Tape (d) [Free]
    Game – The R.E.D. Album (d) [Buy]
    J. Cole – Cole World: The Sideline Story (d) [Buy]
    Jay-Z & Kanye West – Watch The Throne (d) [Buy]
    Laws – Yesterday’s Future (g) [Free]
    Local Nobodies (Sulaiman & Mathien) – One (g) [Free]
    Luckyiam – I Love Haters (g) [Buy]
    Meek Mill – Dreamchasers (d) [Free]
    Rapsody – For Everything (d) [Free]
    Saigon – Greatest Story Never Told (d) [Buy]
    Statik Selektah – Population Control (g) [Buy]
    TiRon & Ayomari – A Sucker For Pumps (d) [Buy]
    Thurz – LA Riots (g) [Buy]
    Wale – Eleven One Eleven Theory (d) [Free]

    Favorite Eclectic/Instrumental/Other Releases (Not Hip Hop):
    Iman Omari – Energy () [Free]
    Mayer Hawthorne – How Do You Do () [Buy]
    14KT – 14 Killa Tape (g) [Free]
    Apollo Brown – Clouds (g) [Stream/Buy]
    Eric Lau – Quadrivium (g) [Stream/Buy]
    Eric Roberson – Mister Nice Guy (d) [Buy]
    flaKo – Carving Away The Clay (d) [Stream/Buy]
    Frank Ocean – Ultra Nostalgia (d) [Free]
    Hawthorne Headhunters – Myriad of Now (g) [Stream/Buy]
    J*DaVeY – New Designer Drug (g) [Buy]
    Jhene Aiko – Sailing Sounds (d) [Free]
    Nicolay & The Hot at Nights – Shibuya Sessions EP (d) [Stream/Buy]
    Nikkiya – Speakher (d) [Free]
    Mecca:83 – Life Scetches (Volume 1 & 2) (g) [Stream/Buy]
    Radio Galaxy – We Come In Peace (d) [Stream/Buy]
    Sunclef – The Tesseract (g) [Free]
    The Weeknd – House of Balloons (d) [Free]
    Vlooper – COPYCAT (a Dilla Tribute) (g) [Free]

    Favorite Local Hip Hop Releases:
    alpha.live – Soul Cinema [Free]
    Blake Allee – My Best Friends Are Machines [Free]
    Future5ive – Somewhere in August [Free]
    J.Brookinz & Grey Granite – Gateway 2 [Free]
    Hinx Jones – Frozen Liquor [Stream/Buy/Free]
    Mr. Kinetik – Sounds of Soul [Stream/Buy]
    Mr. Kinetik & Rusty Redenbacher – The Professor & The Hustler [Free]
    Roskoh Deyvis – Welcome to the Wiz [Stream]
    Scoot Dubbs – The Time Has Come EP [Free]
    Skittz – Rhymestrong [Stream/Buy]
    The Proforms – Atavism [Buy]
    Tony Styxx – It’s Bigger Than Me [Stream/Buy/Free]

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