The wrap-up to the year 2013 is a hard one. Personally, I've gotten mixed reviews on from friends on this crazy year. It was a historic year for Blacks. Not only did we inaugurate the first Black President for his second term, but we also watched in shock the aquittal of a racist monster after shooting a Black boy to death. It's been some choppy waters, but all-in-all is hasn't been that bad. Actually, it was a phenomenal year for our Brother Jay Floyd. His second daughter was born, he dropped a crazy-dope album (Misery's Love Co.), and published his very own book (The Poet Who Watched The Whole Parade). Congrats! So, once again, Jay Floyd, Robert 'Speed' Hill, Trish Green, and myself, Iyesha Jenkins are giving you our Dahhah.com 2013 best and worst rundown. Here it goes!
Jay: Blurred Lines by Marvin Gaye. So yeah, it was completely ripped off, and then completely marred by Mylie Cyrus, but that shows you how great Marvin Gaye is. A song that steals from him is good enough to be song of the year 30 years after his pops took him up outta here. That’s greatness, baby. Note: The Roots version played on kiddy instruments with Black Thought rappin’ KILLS the original.
Trish: Robert Glasper Experience, Black Radio 2-Common, I Stand Alone
I chose this song because between Common and Michael Eric Dyson they sum up the problem with Hip Hop right now in its entirety.
Speed: Control - Big Sean ft Kendrick Lamar and Jay Electronica. No song in 2013 garnered as much attention as the one containing Kdots fire breathing, MC calling out, lets gets some competition in this bumpty verse. Sparking countless responses and lots of kudos, hate and blowback, songs that garner this much attention belong in a category by themselves.
Iyesha: The Consequences of Jealousyft. Me'Shell Ndege'ocello, off the Black Radio Recovered: The Remix EP. The song is so fuckin' DOPE! Mannnnnnnn....
Jay: Accidental Racist by Brad Paisley and LL Cool J. Yeah, y’all mighta forgot about this, but I didn’t. I can’t. LL was so bad, he started dipping into his “I’m Bad” bank of cool points. This is what happens to black men with no hair on their entire head and face (that’s just creepy).
Trish: Drake-Hold on We’re Going Home
I offer no commentary instead I say just press play…..***flatline*** ***dead***
Speed: Schoolboy Q ft Kendrick Lamar. Collard Greens. May not technically be the worst song of the year but it’s the song that generated the most rage in my heart this year. Thanks guys!
Iyesha: Future-Turn On The Lights. This song is the epitomy of wackness. Not only is his auto-tuned voice annoying as hell, but his lyrics sound very Miller High Life and bad weed induced.
Jay:Best Man Holiday. Just when I was ready to throw on my race’s ability to make blockbuster movies without embarrassing ourselves, this drops. Dope, dope flick. Maybe this can be my generation’s Black Orpheus or something.
Trish: The Butler; Excellent acting, Lee Daniels directing and the way the story came full circle was amazing to me as to how far we have come as a race.
Speed: Best Man Holiday. From it being a sequel to it being a holiday flick, there were countless ways this joint could have tanked. But it instead blew Hollywood out the frame and proved that all black cast can rock on blockbuster levels without the Slave themes.
Iyesha: I loved The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Again, it models the book just like the first one did. Still a dope and scary concept.
Jay: Man Of Steel. Fuggouttahere. Even the costume was wack. At least in Dark Knight, they explain his ability to have a super suit made out of billion dollars worth of kevlar and teflon, he has a billion dollars and a company that makes defense weapons), same with Iron Man. Supe just pops up with it...and Zod falls out of the sky wearing it. Pales in comparison to Superman II, and I want my 6 hours back (fell asleep a couple times).
Trish: Anything by Tyler Perry-Temptations and A Madea Christmas
Sorry IJ!! LOL. I used to be a huge Tyler Perry fan and I completely respect what he has done for African Americans in the film industry especially with building his own studios. However I have watched enough underdeveloped movies by him to last me a lifetime. It is no longer ok to just say that you are employing black actors, but you are giving them subpar roles. In 2014 I would like to see TP master his craft and learn how to successfully transfer his play directing skills into movie directing skills. But I guess with 2 shows on OWN, it’s kind of a long shot for someone to actually believe they need room for improvement.
Speed: White House Down. Watched the whole movie early in the year. Still can't tell if its trying to be serious or not. Jamie Foxx as Ray? WORDUP! Jamie Foxx as President?? Hell outta here…
Iyesha: The Internship. I was so excited about the movie and thought it would be hilarious. It was very predictable with mediocre comedy. Disapointing!
Dopest Moment In Hip Hop:
Jay:I know most people will say its Kendrick’s Control verse, but for me it was watching Doug E. Fresh return to form with the entire Get Fresh Crew, and others to end the BET Awards. Having a legend like that come out and outperform his (throwback, old dude still got it) expectations was huge for the maturity of hip-hop.
Gotta give it to Kendrick’s Control Verse
He shocked Hip Hop into acting like Hip Hop again, he got in the booth and did what an MC is supposed to do!
He shocked Hip Hop into acting like Hip Hop again, he got in the booth and did what an MC is supposed to do!
Speed: Big Sean releases Control. Create Dialog. Make rappers step game up. Stir. Repeat.
Iyesha: MC Lyte wins the "I Am Hip Hop" award and drops much needed knowledge on the crowd. A deep message to the "new age" hip hop ladies and men. I love her!
Jay: "Worst Behavior"
Trish: Jay-Z and Bey- On the Run Part II, Jay-Z Beach is Better and School Boy Q Collard Greens
Speed: Run The Jewels - DDFH. The perfect combo boom bap and outter space sample switch ups. Brush teeth. Take Vitamins. DDFH
Iyesha: The beat for Jay-Z's 'Tom Ford' was fresh ta def.....that's it!
Jay: Beyonce at the Super Bowl. Nobody pleases their fans like the King Bey.
Trish: Justin Timberlake at the MTV video awards. Nsync and all of my JT hits on one stage…..#winning
Speed: I admitted stayed away from award shows and the like in 2013, but from what I caught, I'll go with Kanye Black Skinhead.
Iyesha: Janell Monae' performance for 'Black Girls Rock' was electric! Her energy on stage amazes me.
Biggest "you should be ashamed of yourself" moment:
Jay: Whoever posted the Sharkeisha vid.
Trish: Anytime Kanye Kardashian opened up his mouth. His antics are starting to overshadow his talent. Close your mouth and go back to the studio and try to figure out why J.Coles had the balls to release his album the same day as yours and call you out on it on his album. And I guess you could say he was right since he eventually smoked Yeezus. #attentionwhore
Iyesha: Lil Wayne rapping, "beat that pussy up like Emmett Till". He should truly be ahamed of himself. I still am trying to figure out why that was so acceptable to people.
Jay: "Worst Behavior". Amid the sugary sweetness of Dealer's catalog, this song jumped out at me and made an impression.
I absolutely LOVED this ghetto-ratchet-hoodrat-sale your food stamps for 2 packs of Yaki weave-cooking French fries in bacon grease-section 8 song. I will get sweaty for this joint!
Speed: Drake - Worst Behavior. Ratch city.
Iyesha: Drake's 'Language'. It makes me laugh, two-step. I love it!
Dahhah Person of The Year:
Jay: Nelson Mandela. We all just witnessed the passing of a world changer. I wish we had more rebels for a cause and less pumps of the public, but hey...we are what we are. While I'm typing this, my phone keeps autocorrecting Madiba into Madonna. See what I mean.
Trish: Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton (Trayvon Martin’s parents)
Courage under Fire….The amount of poise, dignity class and unshakable faith that these parents and this family have displayed throughout this entire case since their son’s death is something to be admired. Dealing with your child being murdered, having the murder trial carried out in front of the entire world while everyone weighing on your child’s character. Then to see your child’s killer walk free, but even in that disappointment they never once lashed out in anger even when they would be justified. It’s a true testament to how God will keep you in the midst of the storm.
Speed: Kendrick Lamar. Consistency. The kid just gets it done. He even got a GQ man of the year award for crying out loud.
Iyesha: Nelson Mandela. The man was amazing and I continue to learn more DOPE things about him. I've always been aware of his divine fight, but I'm discovering more that touches my heart in a special way. May he Rest In Peace.
Album of The Year:
Jay: Run The Jewels by Killer Mike and El-P. Throwback to Criminal Minded and Big Beat rap records, El-P brings the focus out of Mike while Mike's presence keeps El-P on beat. Skraight classic record.
Trish: Fresh Out by Trish Green
Speed: Killer Mike and El P - Run the Jewels. Sometimes albums just hit you exactly where you are at the time. RTJ is that album in '13. Sick of singing hooks and dumb lyrics. Needs drums that crack. Some humor. Yup. Its all here.
Iyesha: Robert Glasper's, 'Black Radio 2"! Smooth, melodic, soulful, jazzy, and hip hop. It's my personal recommendation for anyone who loves music. The album is just that dope.
MC of the Year:
Jay: Kendrick. Undeniable come up. Where does he go from here?
Trish: Kendrick for reminding us what MCs do.
Speed: Kendrick Lamar. Lots a folks gets some light. KL always seems to make his stay for a lil while. And for the right reasons.
Iyesha: The same answer as last year....King Kendrick Lamar! "thy royal penis is clean, you high-ness". I'm on him. He continues to be a leader in this here hip hop game. May he continue to reighn!
Dopest Female of 2013:
Jay: Females don't rap well so...Kerry Washington, for excellence in her trade despite the Hollywood Apartheid.
Trish: Iyanla Vanzant
It is no secret I love this lady her Hit show Iyanla Fix My Life is awesome, she gets to the root of the issue and she keeps it 10000000. I am happy to see her back on top, hell of a comeback!
Speed: 3d Na'Tee is the one lady mic ripper that made me go searching for more joints in '13. Supposedly she turned down a hand full of contracts already but has created heavy buzz staying solo. My money says she pops up on a lot of records in 2014.
Iyesha: Janelle Monae. Homegirl is a powerhouse and a DOPE Femcee....and she's only just begun. She's just so funky and feminine.
Who Got Next:
Jay: Chance The Rapper. I don't know how dope he actually can be, but I know momentum when I see it.
Speed: Joey Bada$$: I suspect that 2014 will be one of those rebellion hip hop years. Since 2013 saw Ye and Hov both drop spacey projects that made a lot of people frown, I'm betting that the lane for straight beats and rhymes will widen. Look for the Pro Era crew to get lots more exposure.
And there you have it folks! God Bless and Happy New Year.