Writing a top ten list is such an egotistical effort, but a close friend asked me for one, and after a bit of thought I came up with something. Most of these are tracks I listen to at my desk at work, in the car, and in some cases from behind the dj booth. Here they are, in no particular order, and watch out for NSFW imagery, images, lyrics, and everything else that makes a track good:
Mungo's Hifi feat. Brother Culture "Wikidness" (Tes La Rok remix)
Conscious lyrics and evil bass conspire to shake the foundations.
Hypnotic Brass Ensemble "Spottie"
Brilliant cover of the Outkast classic. I deejayed a friend's wedding (a rarity for me), and suggested this for a recessional. Of course they loved it. This record absolutely turns out any late night Atlanta crowd.
French Montana feat. Curren$y "So High"
Sunroof music. Curren$y is amazing. Somebody clue me in on the vocal sample.
Big Boi "Sir Lucious Leftfoot: The Son of Chico Dusty"
I'm just gonna post the intro because the whole thing bumps from start to finish. You already know.
Nas & Damian Marley feat. Dennis Brown "Land of Promise"
The album definitely had some weak moments, but this was not one of them. I have spent entire days blasting this with the bass all the way turnt up.
I usually listen to this and think, "Damn, I need to listen to more The-Dream."
Cut Chemist "Sound of the Police"
This mix is perfect. South American and African classics and a new take on turntablism? I haven't really even heard the term "turntablism" since about 2001 and somehow Cut Chemist makes it all relevant again. Read my full review, written back in August, here.
Sissy Nobby "Lay Me Down" (DJ Sega remix)
I couldn't find a youtube clip for DJ Sega's version, so you'll have to follow that link, or listen to this L-Vis 1990 take. Unfortunately, the video doesn't feature any of Nobby's raunchy lyrics, but my good buddy Ben Coleman of Judi Chicago is an L-Vis 1990 fan (and he's turned me onto the stuff a bit) so the clip stays.
Major Lazer feat. Collie Buddz & Lindi Ortega "Good Enuff (Cash Flow Dub)"
Los Rakas feat. Faviola (Uproot Andy Hold Yuh Riddim Remix)
Here's another one that I was really digging all summer. I considered putting Gyptian's "Hold Yuh" on the list as well, so we'll just let this count for both songs. I'm really impressed with the Spanish raps from Los Rakas, and Uproot Andy rarely disappoints. Truly a great tropical song.