Best Songs of 2011 (#5 – #1)
5. ASAP Rocky – Peso
Over a spooky, chopped-and-screwed S.O.S.-Band break, ASAP nonchalantly announces his arrival with “Peso”. The track gained traction because of its introduction to a movement. The style that ASAP’s crew exhibits, the dice playing, and the blunt smoke. It’s a vision of a new swagger, a new Harlem.
4. Wiz Khalifa Ft. Too Short – On My Level
High Times Stoner of the Year Wiz Khalifa‘ teams up with veteran Too Short on the chill bass bumping track On My Level.
3. The Weeknd – The Morning
Thanks to a bass lurking in the shadows and rich R&B harmonies, this neo-soul track from The Weeknd transports you into a cloudy daze of weed relaxation and lust. The song pays respect to a type of female that many men have on top of their wish list.
Aint the kind of girl you’ll be seeing in the morning.
Too damn raw, aint no nigga worth her holding
Aint no nigga that she holding, man her love is too damn foreign
2. Childish Gambino – Freaks and Geeks
The title, Freaks and Greeks pays homage to the awesome TV series that was cancelled before being given a fair chance. Childish Gambino isn’t fucking around with this rap thing. That’s evident in his wordplay and it’s backed up by his confident delivery.
The beat is witches brew,
But beware this shit is potent,
E.E. cumming on her face,
Now it’s poetry in motion,
1. SBTRKT – Wildfire
What do you get when you combine the UK dubstep of anonymous-tribal-mask-wearing artist SBTRKT (pronounced Subtract) and Swedish electronic act Little Dragon? Well for one, a booming bass intro that shakes headphones to their core. And more importantly Yukimi Nagano’s (Little Dragon) high-pitched digital wails which go so well with the midi fluctuations and warbled funk.