Watch the hilarious video here.
Best 2009 Song That Always Made Me Feel Better: "Roses (Pt. I & II)" by Georgia Anne Muldrow (ft. Mos Def on Pt. I). It had to be her powerful voice, along with the grand piano, along with the most inspirational rhymes by Mos, that always cheered me up whenever I was pissed (and that was very often this year). All I wanted to do after hearing either songs was smile :-)
Watch Part I here. Watch Part II here.
Best 2009 Song That Highlighted The Average Woman: "Baby Phat '09" by Skillz ft. Colin Munroe. I love the fact that this song was remade because the original "Baby Phat" cut by De La Soul was awesome! Skillz came through with his skilled rhyme, and Colin Munroe swooned me with his lyrics, making me appreciate my figure! I wish it got the same love I gave it because this remake was an instant gem this past fall.
Listen and/or download here.
Best 2009 Song I Only Like When I'm Drunk: "On to the Next One" by Jay-Z ft. Swizz Beatz. This is for all my folks who like to party on Thirsty Thursdays!!! This song has the perfect sample/hook to hear when you try to celebrate the end of the week... unless you have class or work the next day, but when will that ever stop people?
Listen here (but only when drunk; otherwise it sucks).
Best 2009 Comeback Song: "I Didn't Know My Own Strength" by Whitney Houston. Well, really any of her songs released this year counts, but this particular song deeply stated she was back and here to stay. The emotional performance at the American Music Awards wasn't the best Whitney Houston performance, but what should we expect from someone who was a former drug abuser?
Learn to how to make a real comeback here.
Best 2009 Song I've Never Skipped: "Electric Love" by Vikter Duplaix. This is an R&B song that I consider a "universal song". I can enjoy it with every mood I'm in, and the song is good enough to whisk me away from the real world and just bask in the music.
Listen here over and over again!
Best 2009 Song With The Dopest Flow: "Exhibit C" by Jay Electronica. The entire hiphop song was fire, but this flow mashing himself with the highest spiritual figures and events was mind-blowing! The flow's below:
"They call me Jay Electronica,
Fuck that, call me Jay Elec-Hanukkah, Jay Elec-Yarmulke,
Jay Elec-Ramadaan, Muhammad Asalaamica,
RasoulAllah Supana Watallah through your monitor,
My uzi still weigh a ton, check your barometer,
I'm hotter than the motherfuckin' sun, check the thermometer,
I'm bringing ancient Mathematics back to modern Man,
My momma told me never throw a stone and hide your hand"
Listen AND check the flow here.
Best 2009 Song That Was Socially Relevant: "Bulletproof" by Raheem Devaughn ft. Ludacris. I'm not that big of a fan of this song, but this soulful ballad by Radio Raheem and Luda was the closest song that had anything to do with the current state of society, along with some good moral substance with it made the cut as the best of this year.
Watch the video here and relate.
Best 2009 Song That Was Totally Raw: "Stapleton Sex" by Ghostface Killah. I still listen to it and think of ways to make it a bad song - you know, say it's misogynistic, sexist, objectifies women, etc - but it's totally consensual and includes no cues of objectifying women or even calling them out of their names. But it took me forever to get past the raunchy lyrics, let alone the video!
Watch this nasty @$$ video here.
Best 2009 Song Dedicated To An Icon: "Empire State of Mind Pt. II" by Alicia Keys. The first one with Jay-Z was nice, but the second with Alicia Keys on the solo-tip is much, much better. It actually gives greater and better-written detail to the city's highlights and makes you appreciate this iconic city so much more. After hearing this song, I feel like packing my things up and going to NYC in 2010, broke and all!
Watch a live performance of it here.
Thanks to YouTube, iHeartRadio, NahRight, FMWJ, Daily Stab, Daily Motion, and 2DopeBoyz for the audio/video links.