End of Year Review – 2012

End of Year Review – 2012

Hello again,

As many many many people do around this time, I have compiled my favorite music for 2012.  This is now the 4th year in a row that I have done this.  I have recieved a varying degree of interest from friends, strangers, and robots.  I think that I have started to just do it for my sake. I enjoy it. I like to recap the year in music and figure out what I liked the most.  I also like to possibly inspire a few people to listen to something new and interesting.  As always, this is my list of artists and songs that I have listened to. Remember being a college or high school student with nothing to do for like 5 hours straight? That doesn’t happen anymore.  I try to listen to as much stuff as possible, but as you all know life gets in the way. Of what I heard, these are my lists.  If there is something missing that you think I should listen to, let me know. I am always looking for something new.


 good kid maad city

Top 20 Albums of 2012:

1. Kendrick Lamar – good kid m.A.A.d. city

2. Beach House – Bloom 

3. Grizzly Bear – Shields

4. Killer Mike- R.A.P. Music

5. Aesop Rock – Skelethon

6. The xx – Coexist 

7. The Shins –Port of Morrow

8. Passion Pit – Gossemer

9. Joey BadA$$ –1999

10. El-P – Cancer 4 Cure

11. Captain Murphy – Duality

12. Yeasayer – Fragrant World

13. Action Bronson – Rare Chandeliers

14. Tame Impala – Lonerism

15. P.O.S. – We Don’t Even Live Here

16. Open Mike Eagle – 4NML HSPTL

17. Miike Snow – Happy To You

18. alt-J –An Awesome Wave

19. Ab-Soul – Control System

20. JJ DOOM – Key to the Kuffs

Kendrick Lamar -good kid m.A.A.d. city

My #1 album of the year comes from Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar. good kid m.A.A.d. city is a concept album that might have ruined concept albums for any other artist for the rest of time.  It is really that good. It is unfair to other rappers. He is an incredible wordsmith without sounding too wordy. Something about his music is effortlessly real.  This, unlike most things that come out in the 21st century, is an “album”.  Listening to these tracks on their own does not do the album justice, it has to be listened to in its entirety.  I am really impressed with Kendrick’s ability to put out the album that he wanted to make. I was a little worried when I saw the features and I had a feeling it was going to be a “first major” commercial sounding release.  It’s not. It is very good and if you like hip hop and think, “No one makes real hip hop anymore”. You are wrong. This is it. Enjoy.


Top 50 Songs of 2012: (Top 10 Audio/Video at the bottom of Post)

1. Danny Brown – “Grown Up”

2. Grizzly Bear – “Yet Again”

3. Kendrick Lamar – “Cartoons and Cereal”

4.  Kendrick Lamar – “Swimming Pools (Drank)”

5. Joey Bada$$ – “Waves”

6. Killer Mike – “Untitled”

7. Grimes – “Oblivion”

8. Tame Impala – “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards”

9. Beach House – “The Hours”

10. The Shins – “Simple Song”

11. Passion Pit – “Carried Away”

12. Tennis – “Petition”

13. alt-J – “Breezeblocks”

14. The xx – “Angels”

15. P.O.S. – “Bumper”

16. David Byrne and St. Vincent – “Who”

17. Yeasayer – “Henrietta”

18. A$AP Rocky – “Goldie”

19. Ab-Soul ft.Danny Brown and Jhene Aiko – “Terrorist Threats”

20. The Shins – “Bait and Switch”

21. Kendrick Lamar – “Backseat Freestyle”

22. G.O.O.D. Music – “Mercy”

23. Miike Snow – “Paddling Out”

24. El-P – “Drones over BKLYN”

25. Passion Pit – “Constant Conversations”

26. Joey Bada$$ ft. Capital STEEZ – “Survival Tactics”

27. Aesop Rock – “Zero Dark Thirty”

28. The Lumineers – “Ho Hey”

29. Action Bronson – “The Symbol”

30. Grizzly Bear – “Sleeping Ute”

31. Sleigh Bells – “Comeback Kid”

32. Open Mike Eagle ft. Has-Lo – “Your Back Pack Past”

33. Yeasayer – “Longevity”

34. Aesop Rock – “Crows 1”

35. JJ DOOM -”Guv’nor”

36. The xx – “Fiction”

37. P.O.S. – “How We Land”

38. Beach House – “Troublemaker”

39. Killer Mike ft. El-P -”Butane”

40. Tame Impala – “Why Won’t They Talk To Me?”

41. Death Grips – “Get Got”

42. Captain Murphy – “The Killing Joke”

43. Lumineers – “Ho Hey”

44. Action Bronson – “Mike Vick”

45. Of Monsters and Men – “Little Talks”

46. Kendrick Lamar – “The Art of Peer Pressure”

47. Two Door Cinema Club – “Handshake”

48. DIIV – “How Long Have You Known”

49. Dirty Projectors – “Gun Has No Trigger”

50. OFWGKTA – “Oldie”

Biggest Pleasant Surprises:

Tame Impala – Lonerism

Joey Bada$$ –1999 

alt-J – An Awesome Wave

Biggest Disappoint(s):

Sleigh Bells –Reign of Terror

Lupe Fiasco – Food & Liquor II

JJ DOOM – Key to the Kuffs

Albums that didn’t come out in 2012 but I listened to a lot:

Kendrick Lamar – Section .80 (2011)

Danny Brown – XXX (2011)

Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago (2008)

Overrated Albums:

Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Mature Themes

Schoolboy Q – Habits and Contradictions 

Death Grips – The Money Store

Albums to look forward to in 2013 with fingers crossed:

Smith Westerns – TBA

Local Natives – Hummingbird

Blackstar – ???

Dr. Dre.-Detox…3 year in a row this has been on my list. He did have a hand in making g.k.m.c. so I have to give him some credit.


Thank you for reading and I hope you have a wonderful holiday season filled with prosperity and happiness.

Your friend and colleague,

Bojan Jovanovic


TOP 10 Songs for 2012

1. Danny Brown – “Grown Up”

2. Grizzly Bear – “Yet Again”

3. Kendrick Lamar – “Cartoons and Cereal”

4.  Kendrick Lamar – “Swimming Pools (Drank)”

5. Joey Bada$$ -“Waves”

6. Killer Mike – “Untitled”

7. Grimes – “Oblivion”

8. Tame Impala – “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards”

9. Beach House – “The Hours”

10. The Shins – “Simple Song”

End of the Year Lists (Sorry for the typos)

End Of the Year 2011

End Of the Year 2010

Top 25 Rappers Under 25 -Complex Mag (My Take)

My article about: My Life As a Hip Hop Fan coming soon… Here is a taste.  Enjoy.

One of the things I did that made me the ultimate “Hip Hop” fan was that I had a subscription to Complex Magazine.  I loved seeing what Kanye would wear next.  “Holy shit, those glasses don’t have lenses and have been replaced by plastic horizontal lines! Dope!”  I liked that it was geared towards the lifestyle.  I liked that people I listened to were on the cover.

They did a list of the Top 25 Rappers Under 25. Here is the Top 10 with my insightful (or not) comments.  Click on the link below to get the rest.

10. B.O.B. – Weak. Hahaha. I don’t give pop/rappers a lot of credit at all. When he first came onto the scene I was excited for him but he got the taste of what it is like to have some hits ($$$$$$$) so he will never turn back and I don’t blame him.

9. Tyler, the Creator – The worst Twitter follow ever. Pretty good rapper though. I think he and Earl Sweatshirt are really talented young emcees.  I know he is controversial and pretty childish. I don’t mind it. In doses.Worst twitter user ever. Ever.

8. Mac Miller – I don’t like him at all. My 20 year old self would call this whack.  Me now still calls it whack.  I’m not sure why he is this popular. Because he is white?

7. Schoolboy Q – Barely making the list at 25 years old. I am surprised to see him this high. No pun intended.  Not that he is bad, I just didn’t realize he was respected like this.  He is a member of the Black Hippy crew which gives him a leg up on the rest in my book. Though he will never have a better verse on a song than Kendrick Lamar. He might want to stop doing that.

6. Big Sean – Of the limited stuff I have heard, I am not interested. Why listen to him when he can listen to Kanye who is way better? Same delivery and content. He is at an advantage because of good production. No thanks.

5. Wiz Khalifa – He is the “weed” rapper of his generation.  It is really not my thing but I can see what he is popular.  I like his hair.

4. Meek Mill – Party emcee. Not my style. I have never been a big fan of this type of music. Sorry.

3. Kendrick Lamar – It is no surprise that I love this guy. I have written and posted about him several times.  I think that he is the most talented and exciting emcee to come out in a very long time (See Wale).  Section .80 was chalked full of standout tracks but did have a couple of duds. I am excited for his proper release and I think he is too talented to disappoint with it like some have in the past (see Wale).

(This is a perfect example of why I am excited)

2. A$AP Rocky– He sounds like he is from the South. He raps about things that Southern rappers rap about. However, he’s from Harlem.  He has charisma.  He has confidence. (Don’t use “swag”, don’t use “swag”, don’t use “swag”)  Honestly I think his best feature as an artist is picking his beats.  I don’t think he is the most talented or creative rapper, but he links up with guys that make the most creative sounds.  That is why he is famous. The verses on “Peso” will do the job, but that is a production hit. A masterpiece.

1. Mr. T – O.G. He is awesome.

I do not get this magazine anymore but I do enjoy this list. I can see a young Bojan still liking it.  I think they do a nice job giving love to those emcees that aren’t the most popular but are the up and coming and extremely talented.  If you look at the list you can see that this genre is not dead. It has some youth and these kids are good.  Enjoy.

Here. – To see the real #1.

Throwback Thursday – May 31st, 2012 Wu-Tang Clan – “Triumph”

Well back to acting like I was a cool kid.  I remember watching “Triumph” on MTV and thinking about the cool special effects with the bees.  I remember loving the Rod Strickland shout out.  I remember thinking the delivery on Rza’s verse was weird.  I didn’t know about Wu-Tang at the time.  I was green.  This has grown to be my favorite track by the collective. Also, I think it is the best posse track ever.

“I bomb atomically, Socrates’ philosophies and hypothesis can’t define how I be droppin’ these mockeries, lyrically perform armed robbery, flee with the lottery, possibly they spotted me.” – Inspectah Deck-

Possibly the best openings ever. I would love to hear some other suggestions for Throwback Thursday track.   This is one of the few well known classic Wu-Tang tracks that wasn’t on 36 Chambers.  Enjoy.

Limp Bizkit – “Nookie” Throwback Thursday May 17th, 2012

Last week I kicked off this project with Outkast – “ATLiens” .  I was very proud that I listened to “good” music when I was young.  I would love to be able to tell everyone that I only listened to quality stuff. Which is not true. I look back at some of the money I wasted on shitty nu-metal or rap records and just shake my head.  Though bad in hindsight, this music still influenced me and I refuse to run away from it.  You also can’t just brush this ear-shattering musical buffoonery under a giant rug. Every like bad music at some point. I am comfortable enough to share that I knew every word to this gem.  I think if I tried, I could still get through quite a bit of this song today without messing up.  This should take you back to a time that you rushed home (or as fast as you could run wearing Jnco’s), made a snack, and sat down to watch TRL to see who was going to be #1.  This week’s Throwback Thursday song is Limp Bizkit’s – “Nookie” . Enjoy.

Passion Pit – “Take a Walk”

Passion Pit took over my summer of 2008.  They have not put anything out since then.  I am excited to have them back and if “Take a Walk”  is any indication of what they are looking to do on Bossamer which comes out July 24th I am extra excited. Poppy, dance-y, but not too falsetto-y.  Extremely-y catchy-y. Enjoy-y.

Big K.R.I.T. – “4evaNaDay” (Video)

This is the official video for Big K.R.I.T.’s title track of his mixtape 4evaNaDay.  This is a stand-out track that you might need a decent sound sound system to truly appreciate.  Southern Hip-Hop at it’s finest.   Watch out for his proper release Live From the Underground on Def Jam June 5th. Enjoy.