I originally made this for my friend’s mixtape club under the theme “gift raps.” It is exactly what it says it is.
Le1f – “Wut”
Underground rap’s summer anthem of 2012 has been on repeat for weeks.
Iggy Azalea – “Murda Bizness” (ft. T.I.)
The latest party anthem from the Australian upstart shows off her undeniable star power. It’s also accompanied by one of the year’s best music videos so far, a spoof of the child pageant world.
Kanye West – “Monster” (ft. Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj, Bon Iver)
Remember those days when Nicki Minaj was just doing guest verses and had yet to do anything that people considered disappointing?
Angel Haze – “Werkin’ Girls”
NYC rapper Angel Haze is Universal’s toughest new signee, and this cut from her latest release Reservation shows why.
Das Racist – “You Can Sell Anything”
#RappersThatSpitTheTruth isn’t trending on Twitter any more, but this is still my pick.
M.I.A. – “URAQT”
Have a throwback to 2005 to remember that this bad girl has always done it well.
A-Trak – “Ray Ban Vision” (ft. CyHi The Prynce)
This hilarious/infectious track was a favorite in fall 2010 and still sounds fresh, thanks to the ever-reliable A-Trak’s amped-up production.
Dominique Young Unique – “Gangster Whips”
This Florida-based rapper has remained fairly underground for years now, but she’s slowly but surely going to make her way out.
Yelawolf – “Lick The Cat” (ft. Diamond)
This song contains the line “White boys eat pussy like a sandwich.” That is all you need to know about it.
Azealia Banks – “Fuck Up The Fun”
If you haven’t already, listen to this track from Azealia Banks and Diplo and you’ll immediately know why our friends at Vibe put this dream team on their cover.
Kitty Pryde – “Orion’s Belt” (ft. RiFF RAFF)
Resistance is futile. Recent Mad Decent signee RiFF RAFF is one of the most bizarre, compelling figures in pop culture today, and Kitty Pryde’s honesty and self-awareness is inherently likeable.