End of the Year Review 2022

I want to wish everyone a happy holiday season. This year saw our label pause. It wasn’t for any other reason other than time. We have artists and projects forthcoming. We promise. It has been so great to see the wonderful support from the community along with friends and family.

As we go forth into 2023, hopefully you find something that brings you joy. Read more, unplug, drink more water, drink more water, listen to great music, go for a walk, enjoy your family and friends.

The 100 songs are on Spotify: J + R Best of 2022

In the zine you will find: 25 Best Albums, 100 Best Songs, Contributions from Friends, Top Video Game List, Top Books, and some great local art.

As always, please let me know your favorites for the year. I can’t hear everything. From what I’ve heard, here are my lists.


J + R Best of 2022 – Spotify List

All of the J + R Best of Lists HERE

25. Wet Leg – Wet Leg

24. Defcee – For All Debts Public and Private

23. Tierra Whack – R&B?/Pop?/ Rap?

22. Julia Jacklin – PRE PLEASURE

21. The Weeknd – Dawn FM

20.  Phoenix – Alpha Zulu 

19. Whitney – SPARK

18. Destroyer – LABYRINTHITIS

17. Alex G – God Save the Animals 

16. Black Country, New Road – Ants From Up There

15. Open Mike Eagle – Component System with Audio Reverse

14. Death Cab For Cutie – Asphalt Meadows

13. JID – The Forever Story 

12. SZA – SOS

11. Freddie Gibbs – $oul $old $eparately 

10. Kurt Vile – (watch my moves)

9. Alex Cameron – Oxy Music 

8. Denzel Curry – Melt My Eyez See Your Future

7. billy woods – Aethiopes 

6. Ka – Languish Arts 

5. Beach House – Once Twice Melody 

4. Father John Misty – Chloe and the Next 20th Century

3. Danger Mouse and Black Thought – Cheat Codes

2. Saba – Few Good Things

1.Kendrick Lamar – Mr. Morale and the Big Steppers

Best Album of 2022

Kendrick Lamar – Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers

My #1 Album of the Year comes from California rapper, Kendrick Lamar, Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers. I, along with the rest of the world, have been waiting for Kendrick to release music for the last five years. This album isn’t perfect, but it still has a ton of great tracks. He is still doing creative things and pushing the boundaries of content in the mainstream. He is talking about mental health and navigating our endlessly complicated world. He also has a track about transgender family members and how the church and his family treated them. No one in the mainstream is doing things like that. For an artist of his stature to write about this very sensitive topic, it’s huge. Kendrick is a special artist. I kept going back to this album over and over. In our hypercritical world, we want to find the flaws in everything. Just put it on and enjoy listening to one of the greatest artists of our lifetime. Cherish it. 

100. Saba – “Still” ft. 6LACK and Smino

99. Denzel Curry – “The Last”

98. Danger Mouse/Black Thought – “No Gold Teeth”

97. Khruangbin/Leon Bridges – “Chocolate Hills”

96. The 1975 – “Part of the Band”

95. Seryn – “Magazines”

94.Viagra Boys – “Troglodyte”

93. Aesop Rock/Blockhead/Lupe Fiasco – “Pumpkin Seeds”

92. DOMi & JD BECK – “TAKE A CHANCE” ft. Anderson. Paak

91. Pusha T – “Neck & Wrist” ft. JAY-Z and Pharrell

90. Conway the Machine – “Stressed” ft. Wallo267

89. Joey Bada$$ – “Survivors Guilt”

88. Tierra Whack – “Heaven”

87. Steve Lacy – “Bad Habit”

86. Bo and the Locomotive – “How Did You Get My Name?”

85. JID – “Dance Now” ft. Kenny Mason

84. Cate Le Bon – “Harbour

83. Father John Misty – “We Could Be Strangers”

82. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – “Magenta Mountain”

81. Big Thief – “Simulation Swarm”

80. Khruangbin/Leon Bridges – “B-Side”

79. Alvvays – “Belinda Says”

78. Animal Collective – “Royal and Desire”

77. Death Cab for Cutie – “Roman Candles”

76. Defcee/Boathouse – “Rossi” ft. Armand Hammer

75. Spoon – “The Hardest Cut”

74. Julia Jacklin – “I Was Neon”

73. The Weeknd – “Out of Time”

72. Beyonce – “CUFF IT”

71. Open Mike Eagle – “79th and Stony Island”

70. Alex G – “After All”

69. Father John Misty – “Goodbye Mr. Blue”

68. Alex Cameron – “Best Life”

67. Ka – “Full Cobra”

66. Defcee/Boathouse – “Boxing Bullets” ft. Solarfive

65. Whitney – “REAL LOVE”

64. Open Mike Eagle – “For DOOM”

63. Death Cab for Cutie – “Here to Forever”

62. JID – “Stars” ft. Yasiin Bey 

61. Bill Callahan – “First Bird”

60. Still Woozy – “Pool” ft. Remi Wolf

59. Destroyer – “All My Pretty Dresses”

58. Julia Jacklin – Lydia Wears a Cross”

57. Daniel Rossen – “Shadow in the Frame”

56. JID – “Surround Sound” ft. 21 Savage, Baby Tate

55. Open Mike Eagle – “Burner Account” ft. Armand Hammer

54. SZA – “Low”

53. Ka – “Ascension”

52. Wet Leg – “Chaise Longue”

51. Local Natives – “Desert Snow”

50. Arctic Monkeys – “There’d Better Be a Mirrorball

49. Kurt Vile – “Like Exploding Stones”

48. Denzel Curry – “Melt Session #1” ft. Robert Glazer 

47. Freddie Gibbs – “Gold Rings” ft. Pusha T 

46. Kendrick Lamar – “Savior” ft. Baby Keem

45. SZA – “SOS”

44. Local Natives – “Just Before The Morning”

43. SZA – “Ghost in the Machine” ft. Phoebe Bridgers

42. Black Country, New Road – “Chaos Space Marine”

41. billy woods – “Heavy Water” ft. El-P, Breeze Brewin

40. Kendrick Lamar – “Silent Hill” ft. Kodak Black 

39. Danger Mouse/Black Thought – “Strangers” ft. A$AP Rocky, Run the Jewels

38. Wet Leg – “Being In Love”

37. Black Country, New Road – “The Place Where He Inserted the Blade”

36. billy woods – “Sauvage” ft. Boldly James

35. Future Islands – “Kind of Sweden”

34. Mitski – “The Only Heartbreaker”

33. Ka – “No Reservations”

32. Beach House – “Once Twice Melody”

31. Whitney – “BLUE”

30. Phoenix – “Tonight” ft. Ezra Koenig

29. Kurt Vile – “Hey Like A Child”

28. Kendrick Lamar – “Auntie Diaries”

27. Denzel Curry – “Walkin

26. Alex Cameron – “K Hole”

25. Phoenix – “Alpha Zulu”

24. Alex G – “Runner”

23. Sudan Archives – “Home Maker”

22. Beach House – “Superstar”

21. Saba – “Survivor’s Guilt” ft. G Herbo

20. Kurt Vile – “Goin on a Plane Today”

19. Destroyer – “June”

18. Alex Cameron – “Sara Jo”

17. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – “Spitting Off the Edge of the World” ft. Perfume Genius

16. Danger Mouse/Black Thought – “Because” ft. Joey BadA$$ 

15. Kendrick Lamar – “N95”

14. Father John Misty – “Funny Girl”

13. billy woods – “Versailles” ft. Despot

12. Saba – “Fearmonger” ft. Daoud

11. The Weeknd – “Gasoline”

10. Beach House – “Pink Funeral”

9. Tierra Whack – “Dolly”

8. Kendrick Lamar – “United In Grief”

7. SZA – “Kill Bill”

6. Braxe + Falcon – “Step By Step”

5. Freddie Gibbs – “Feel No Pain” ft. Anderson. Paak

4. Danger Mouse/Black Thought – “Belize” ft. MF DOOM

3. Black Country, New Road – “Concorde”

2. Father John Misty – “Buddy’s Rendezvous”

1. Kendrick Lamar – “The Heart Part 5”

Check out all of the songs here on this Spotify List

Albums I look forward to coming out in 2023

Danny Brown – XXXX

Noname – Factory Baby

Frank Ocean – TBA

Local Natives – TBA

Pleasant Surprises/Underrated 

Black Thought & Danger Mouse – Cheat Codes – I didn’t know this was in the works. Black Thought is so talented and the production fits. 
Wet Leg – Wet Leg – Catchy, brash, funny.

Ka – Languish Arts – Overlooked and brilliant. Highly recommend his whole catalog.

Best Videogames of 2022 by @DSKALBA

Elden Ring: This will be the popular choice for Game of the Year for many outlets.  Fromsoft’s trademark punishing gameplay mixed with a vast open world adventure and somehow worked beyond what anyone could imagine.  The developers made a decision to trust the player and allows them to explore at their own pace, every corner is met with treasures, traps, monsters and more. Elden Ring will unquestionably be a game that will be discussed for years to come.-God of War

Ragnarok: Yeah, between this and Elden Ring these are pretty basic choices.  The truth is this is the other pillar of 2022. The journey between the now stoic father, Kratos, and his growing son Atreus finds them traveling the nine realms of Norse mythos and running into a fun cast of characters on the way. This is a true AAA level game with an engaging story and satisfying gameplay.  It very much is an extension of the 2018 release and that’s not a bad thing.

Live A Live: I love SNES era Squaresoft RPGs. When it was announced that it not only was getting a western release for the Switch, but getting remade in SquareEnix’s “2D-HD” engine, I was instantly on board.  You get to choose from 7 stories taking place in various eras. Each has its own unique flavor and are no more than a few hours per story, easily digestible. From being an old west gunslinger to being a robot in the distant future in a virtually non combat story. This definitely lived up to the quality Square was known for in the 90s.

Cult of the Lamb: Every year we will get some indie releases that shine with the big releases and show true creativity. Massive Monster made their make with Cult of the Lamb this year. On surface it might look like a cut cartoonish game with animal characters, but instead of building a village like Animal Crossing you run a cult.  The hook is it takes the popular “rouge like” style gameplay and fills in the time between runs with a building simulation. The result of that combo creates a rather addicting gameplay loop with some humorous moments.

Tunic: The inspiration of Tunic is no secret. The Zelda influences at the forefront with some Fromsoft style gameplay. Tunic is a nice blend of a modern isometric adventure with some old school NES mixed in. You’ll find yourself collecting manual pages that look like they are pulled straight out of an NES package. These pages are filled with tips, maps, and clues that will help the player move on. To get the most out of the experience I would recommend using the hints given by the game and maybe even a pencil and paper to capture that essence of what it was like to play a game in the 80s.

Best Of 2022 by Justin Christopher Poulin

Top 10 Albums

1. Quinton Barnes – For the Love of Drugs
2. Big Thief – Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You
3. Jockstrap – I Love You Jennifer B
4. Jairus Sharif – Water & Tools
6. black midi – Hellfire
7. Nick Storring – Music From Wéi 成为
8. Gallery S/MoMA Ready – HOA020: No Future For Cowardice
9. Black Country, New Road – Ants From Up There
10. ulla – foam

Top 10 Tracks
1. Jockstrap – “Concrete Over Water”
2. Ghais Guevara – “Patrisse Cullors Stole My Lunch Money”
3. Big Thief – “The Only Place”
4. Black Country, New Road – “Concorde”
5. Animal Collective – “Strung With Everything”
6. Duval Timothy – “Mutate”
7. Destroyer – “June”
8. Kendrick Lamar – “The Heart Part 5”
9. Caroline Polachek – “Billions”
10. MJ Lenderman – “Hangover Game”

Best Of 2022 by Rodney Waxton

Favorite 2022 Albums

1.Kendrick Lamar – Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers

2.Westside Gunn –Hitler Wears Hermes 10

3.Lupe Fiasco – Drill Music in Zion

4.Curren$y & Alchemist – Continuance

5.Roc Marciano & Alchemist – The Elephant Man’s Bones

Best Books of 2022 by @ranchgarlicstik

All of the J + R Best of Lists HERE

Buy the J + R Best of 2022 Zine Here

It includes a bunch of extras art, best books and friend lists.

Interview with Vast Aire of Cannibal Ox

Interview with Vast Aire of Cannibal Ox

We are extremely excited to get a chance to talk to hip hop legend, Vast Aire of Cannibal Ox.  When I think about albums and artists who changed the trajectory of what I listen to, Cold Vein by Cannibal Ox is very high on my list of pivotal albums. Enjoy.

  1. I have heard you talk about being influential to other artists and they continue to credit you for inspiring them. Which rappers influenced you back when you were starting and are there current artists that influence you now?

I Loved All The Classic Artist of My Youth, Tribe Called Quest, NWA, Public Enemy, EPMD, Brand Nubian. Today I Like J-Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Flying Lotus & Flatbush Zombies.

2.  If someone is coming to Harlem, or NYC in general can you give us a Comic Book Shop, Record Store, and Restaurant we have to visit while there?

Go To Midtown Comics In Midtown Manhattan & Go Get A Sandwich From Kats Deli In Down Town NYC!

3. What was your relationship with MF DOOM, He was featured on Look Mom…No Hands and Blade of the Ronin, did the relationship go deeper than that? 

REST IN PARADISE DOOM My Good Brother. We Have A Handful of Songs & Remixes Through The Years. He Was A Funny Dude And Was Very Wise. We Had Some Great Times At Show Cases And Tours. Look Out For My Limited Vinyl Re-Release of ‘Da Supafriendz’. After We Did ‘Iron Rose’ On ‘Blade of the Ronin’ We Spoke About Doing A Project But Never Organized And Got It Done. Until We Meet Again I’m Going To Rep His Legacy. From The UK…To NYC To ATL And Back!

4. As a fan of comic books and superheroes, you once described Can Ox as “Two great mutants that come from the X-Men First Class”. I’m going to give a few names of superheroes and I’d like you to use your expertise on the subject to assign a rapper to the hero and why? There are thousands of emcees throughout the world, your voice, cadence, and delivery are so unique and distinct. Others are unique too. Do your best.

The Flash (Speed) – Busta Rhymes For Speed & Strength

Spiderman (Flexible,Nerdy) – Lupe Fiasco With His Playful Wise Flow!

Wolverine (Resilient,Brooding) – M.O.P Are Both As Raw And Hard.

Wonder Women (Elite) – MC Lyte Forever

Hulk (Smart, Powerful) – Red Man Is A Crazy Hulk

Who would you be if you can be any hero? VAST MAN & GOBLIN (BATMAN & ROBIN) IS CANNIBAL OX

5. For some fun, we like to do a word association game during these interviews. Answer these prompts with whatever comes to mind. 

Pokémon – The Future Mickey Mouse

The Matrix Movie Series – Prophecy of Our Advancement On Technology

Skydiving – Flying Downward

WWE (Professional Wrestling) – The Best Ever In The Biz.

Aesop Rock – Old Friend of Mine

NY Knicks – One of My Favorite Teams From Childhood

Cannibal Ox – Raw Rap In 3-D, We Note Faces Threw The Screen.

 6. What is on the horizon for Vast Aire? Projects, goals, what is next?

Working On New Cannibal Ox Record, And I Have A New Single Out Right Now Called ‘ Good Fuel’ My Instagram/Twitter Is @VASTAIRE2090 Add To Me To Stay Updated On Music & Tours.

This interview was a huge honor. I highly recommend Cold Vein as it changed my music listening life. I also recommend Look Mom…No Hands, and Blade of the Ronin. I thank Vast Aire for being so generous with his time. For heads who know, this dude is so incredibly unique with his delivery and voice. He is super influential to the new generation emcees, especially in NYC.  When this was in the works I was telling anyone who would listen about it. I was genuinely excited and just being a fan.  When someone is considered legendary and then is willing to take time to do an interview with a small zine/record label, you feel happy. I’m human. Listen, support, and follow Vast Aire in all his ventures. Hope you found this interview enlightening and fun. On to the next one…

Here is my favorite all-time Can Ox song.

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