Emcee Dialect has had a massive 2010. Teaming up with producer Despair the two hip hop dynamos tore 2010 up with the stunning release of their album The Vortex. Dialect takes some time out to delve into the year that was, with a in depth round-up of his top ten tracks for 2010.
Trem- Omega Man
One the most anticipated releases in Australian Hip Hop history, this is the first single ‘Omega Man’ off Trem’s forthcoming album ‘For the Term of His Natural Life’. With Melbourne king Prowla on the beat and cuts and Trem delivering two outstanding verses, proving why he is the best MC in the country this is a VERY promising sign of whats to come. “hall of fame name draped in martydom, a lone figure flying the flag like its tiananmen”
Smiley the Ghetto Child – Im Legend
It wouldn’t be a Top Ten list without DJ Premier making an appearance. Preemo serves up another classic joint with his ill signature cut chorus and one of my all time favourite rappers Smiley the Ghetto Child delivering the raw sentences on top. Hanging for his new album ‘The Antidote pt 2’ in 2011 which will feature production from Premier, Lord Finesse & Grim Team.
Roc Marciano – Firepower
Let’s face it, 2010 was Roc Marciano’s year through and through if you love that East Coast sound like I do. So if I had the choice my Top Ten would probably only include joints off his classic debut ‘Marcberg’. So with that in mind I went with a different track of his that dropped this year. Produced By Vanderslice off an online 12 which features Blaq Poet on the flip the beat goes hard and Roc’s lyrics are butter every time. “Its Heavy metal no Cello…slap devils, crack pebbles, black rebels, rap emeralds, add rap cats to the menu – this is class bring a pad and pencil” ILL.
Motion – The Real
My man Motion has for a long time been one of my favourite lyricists in this country, ever since he was burning me in battles in the early 2000’s and this joint is a testament to his exceptional skills as a battle emcee and recorded artist. Taken off the Adroit Effusive album, this joint shows line after line of clever wordplay with a dope cuts chorus. He is holding it down for real lyricism in this country and not only with the raps, he also produced this track himself! We are all waiting for a Motion solo album that I hope arrives sooner rather than later. You can’t hang like Hussein!!
Aloe Black – I Need A Dollar
This is the song everyone’s talking about this year and with good reason. This is a phenomenal track off his new album on Stones Throw ‘Good Things’. ‘I Need a Dollar’ has catapulted him into stardom with Sony taking him on based on the strength of this track. A haunting piano loop, great vocals; An overall heavy soul joint. The way music should sound!
Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings – I Learned the Hard Way
Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings are without a doubt the finest soul band going around now, holding the torch for vintage sounding soul music on all their releases and their new record is no exception. The outstanding title track from their new LP on Daptone Records ‘I Learned the Hard Way’ is pure dope. The dramatic horns, Ms Jones exceptional vocals and classic soul subject matter make this song one of my top joints for 2010 and many years to come. After just seeing it live, makes it so much sweeter; Don’t sleep on this release!
Sadat X feat. Pete Rock – Turn It Up
Brand Nubian is one of the greatest Hip Hop crews of all time and the nasally flow of Sadat X is one of Hip Hops most distinctive and my most loved. This stomping Pete Rock beat perfectly suits his voice and unique flow and is the kind of tune I want to hear from Dotti X. Despite the disappointing hook, the beat and X’s verses really are top notch. TURN IT UP!!
O.C & AG – Two for the Money
“Tight with production, N#**@ Crates Overflowing” This track technically came out before 2010 but since it featured on the O.C & A.G album ‘Oasis’ this year im going to include it. This is easily one of the best Hip Hop joints in recent years and showcases what caliber of music DITC could and should still be bringing out. With my all time favourite producer Showbiz on the beat and the almighty Premier lacing the incredible cuts, the production side of things on this track is A++++++. Then the raps, OC smashes it out the park but AG proves again on the second verse why he has always been my favourite rapper in the DITC camp. “They astonished, hooked on these ebonics, you comic we iconic gin and tonic mixed with chronic”
M9 feat. Blasphemy & Cyrus Malachi – Black Widow
Its grim, bleak & dark but that’s the kind of Hip Hop we all love right! Taken from the mixtape‘Orions Stencil’Featuring Blasphemy with Melanin 9 (M9) and Cyrus Malachi of the incredible UK outfit Triple Darkness. This joint embodies the no BS kind of Hip Hop I love; no hook, no gimmicky lyrics just a stomping loop with intricate wordplay executed by some of UK’s finest. I know it’s an old Pete Rock beat but you have to respect UK cats for their dedication to the craft of Emceeing and serious wordplay, no one does it better. “45 levels, die in temples, saw life through orions stencil, harbour my seed like a mayan emerald, eyes resemble, fling the bally when he line the devil”
Mayhem Lauren – Got The Fever
Mayhem Lauren is the illest new rapper to come out in years. This track proves why. Classic throwback sounding production with Lauren’s authoritative voice giving a vivid description of the New York graffiti scene makes for a classic joint, plus a banging video. This is easily the best Graff song since ‘Out For Fame’ by Krs in my opinion. His album ‘Self Induced Illness’ is out in 2011 and is definitely one to check for!