Another year, another meticulously curated best of music play list. Sure, sure – every one ELSE has moved on to 2017 and are feverishly beginning to mark down what new jams take their fancy, but here at the Lighthouse? Well, we move at our own pace and deliver only the best product to give back you….the people.
In this episode, the lads sit down and go through Cubosa’s Top 116 of 2016 playlist; singling out delicious highlights, egregious omissions and reminiscing on all the quality music that came out in the year of the Monkey. We may hate a little too much, but it’s because we care.
1. NxWorries – Suede
2. Phony PPL – Why ii Love The Moon
3. A$AP Twelvvy – L.Y.B.B. (Resolution)
4. Schoolboy Q – That Part (Feat. Kanye West)
5. Brodinski – Us (Feat. Bloody Jay)
6. Rihanna – Kiss It Better
7. Amine – Caroline
8. Mac Miller – Dang! (Feat. Anderson .Paak)
9. GoldLink – Fall In Love (Feat. Ciscero, Kaytranada & BADBADNOTGOOD)
10. Kaytranada – Lite Spots
11. The Avalanches – Because I’m Me
12. Majid Jordan – Make It Work
13. Barei – Say Yay! (Spain – Eurovision Entry)
14. Gryffin – Heading Home (Feat. Josef Salvat)
15. Flume – Tiny Cities (Feat. Beck)
16. ANOHNI – 4 Degrees
17. The Smith Street Band – History Eraser (Like a Version Cover)
18. Sioux Falls – Copy Paste
19. Isaiah Rashad – 4r Da Squaw
20. Frank Ocean – Nikes
21. Roy Woods – She Knows About Me
22. Drake – Too Good (Feat. Rihanna)
23. PARTYNEXTDOOR – Not Nice
24. HOME – Decay
25. Flume – Free
26. Crystal Castles – Their Kindess Is Charade
27. Khalid – Let’s Go
28. Childish Gambino – Redbone
29. DJ Quik & Problem – You Are Everything
30. Nas – Nas Album Done
31. Fat Joe & Remy Ma – All The Way Up (Feat. French Montana)
32. Young Thug – Webbie (Feat. Duke)
33. Curren$y – Mallory Knox
34. French Montana – Lockjaw (Feat. Kodak Black)
35. Madeintoyo – Uber Everywhere
36. Post Malone – Deja Vu (Feat. Justin Bieber)
37. Wale – It’s Too Late
38. How To Dress Well – The Speed Dial
39. Anderson .Paak – Room In Here (Feat. The Game & Sonyae Elise)
40. Rihanna – Consideration (Feat. SZA)
41. GoldLink – Rough Soul (Feat. April George)
42. Isaiah Rashad – Free Lunch
43. A Tribe Called Quest – The Space Program
44. Schoolboy Q – By Any Means
45. Future – Low Life (Feat. The Weeknd)
46. Flatbush Zombies – Bounce
47. Lil Uzi Vert – Money Longer
48. Joe Budden – Three
49. Danny Brown – When It Rain
50. Crystal Castle – Fleece
51. Julian Winding – The Demon Dance
52. Negative Gemini – Body Work
53. Drake – Feel No Ways
54. Shura – Tounge Tied
55. Bat For Lashes – Sunday Love
56. Blood Orange – Hands Up
57. David Bowie – I Can’t Give Everything Away
58. How To Dress Well – Salt Song
59. Frightened Rabbit – Woke Up Hurting
60. DIIV – Loose Ends
61. Frank Ocean – Ivy
62. Frans – If I Were Sorry (Sweden Eurovision Entry)
63. The Cardboard Swords – Cardigan
64. Aaron West & The Roaring Twenties – ’67 Cherry Red
65. Sioux Falls – 3 Fast
66. FEWS – 100 Goosebumps
67. White Lung – Kiss Me When I Bleed
68. PUP – Sleep in The Heat
69. The Smith Street Band – Death To The Lads
70. Pinegrove – Old Friends
71. DMA’s – Delete
72. Frightened Rabbit – I Wish I Was Sober
73. Anderson .Paak – Put Me Thru
74. Elzhi – Hello!!!!!
75. Joe Budden – I Wanna Know
76. A Tribe Called Quest – Whatever Will Be (Feat. Consequence)
77. Solange – Cranes In The Sky (Kaytranada Edit)
78. Miguel – Come Through & Chill
79. Roy Woods – SKRT (Remix)
80. Dave – Wanna Know
81. Drake – U With Me?
82. Rihanna – Needed Me
83. Majid Jordan – Something About You
84. Mickey Kojak – Move Too Fast
85. Janet Jackson – If (Kaytranada Remix)
86. Kaytranada – You’re The One (Feat. Syd)
87. Drake – One Dance (feat. Wizkid & Kyla)
88. Vybz Kartel – Fever
89. D.R.A.M. – Broccoli (Feat. Lil Yatchy)
90. Domo Genesis – DAPPER (Feat. Anderson .Paak)
91. Anderson .Paak – Am I Wrong (Feat. Schoolboy Q)
92. Chance The Rapper – All Night (Feat. Knox Fortune)
93. Kaytranada – Together (Feat. AlunaGeorge & GoldLink)
94. Teedra Moses – Be Your Girl (Kaytranada Edit)
95. Carly Rae Jepsen – Body Language
96. Era Istrefi – Bonbon
97. Rihanna – Sex With Me
98. Roy Woods – You Love It
99. Mac Miller – Stay
100. King – The Greatest
101. Gallant – Bourbon
102. NAO – Girlfriend
103. dvsn – Hallucinations
104. Maxwell – 1990x
105. Khalid – Location
106. Frank Ocean – Nights
107. Pearl – Private Party
108. PARTYNEXTDOOR – Come and See Me (Feat. Drake)
109. Drake – Fire & Desire
110. BADBADNOTGOOD – In Your Eyes (Feat. Charlotte Day Wilson)
111. Kamasi Washington – The Rhythm Changes
112. Mac Miller – God Is Fair, Sexy, Nasty (Feat. Kendrick Lamar)
113. Bon Iver – 29 #Strafford APTS
114. Dreamboy – Endings
115. Sioux Falls – If You Let It
116. Apologies, I Have None – Crooked Teeth (Acoustic)
I’ve been seeing his name pop up on some of the new kid’s albums and they’re real sleeper hits. The man continues to deliver so writing an honorarium is the best way of paying tribute. But let’s rewind to the beginning and go through a very quick, unresearched, completely opinion based “hits history.”
We start in the days of The Neptunes when Chad & Pharrell were largely producing and Jay-Z jumped on board to create the hit Frontin’. He also produced / rapped on some jams with fellow Virginians, the Clipse.
Next we get into Skateboard P era. This is the generation I connected with least but listen to the most. That doesn’t make sense and I’m not here to unpack this one, them’s just the facts. I used to walk an hour plus, home from work and listen to the whole albums …
My least favourite era is then followed by my, well, favourite. The Daft Punk days. Besides the hits we all know, he released a highly underrated album that was his answer to his work with the Frenchies.
He’s been going international recognizing the movement growing south of the equator.
And that brings us back to back to today’s sleepers.
It’s a Tuesday afternoon, I’m working away and then I hear someone knocking at my door. “We’ll isn’t this just curious,” I think to myself, “I’m not expecting any packages in the mail.”
I peep through the little door viewer and the guy looks familiar but I just can’t put a name to face. I open the door anyways. Say yes to life … am I right?
“Hellooooo?!” I say, going up in tone with all those o’s.
“Good Sir,” replies the stranger “I am aware that this unexpected visit of mine is rather creepy, but I could surmise no other method to garner your attention. You’re major leagues now, Big Nemo.”
Then he hands me a copy of his album with a bunch of swag and it clicks for me. It’s fellow Torontonian Ramriddlz. “If I give you all this swag, can I get that stimulus package?” says Ramrod as he makes prayer hands.
I respect the hustle.
“Listen, keep your stuff. I don’t do merch and I’ve got a premium Spotify account so I don’t need the album but keep your eyes peeled on the Lowlife’s site.”
I close the door & get back to work. Time to move!
This tactic worked for the Sweeterman but to all you other musicians, I will not answer the door again. Respect my agency!
These EP’s I started creating initially for the fun of it have become an industry MUST have. The pressure has taken its toll. It’s become overwhelming. I’ve become too immersed in the realm of hip-hop and losing my way so I’m making a hard skrrt left, at least for this one post. I need to reground myself.
Initially, I flat out said no. I will not even listen to your album! I was being judgemental. My judgement was partially influenced by the fact that Drake was collaborating with him. I felt like he has just trying to leech the latest trend.
But 21 Savage just kept asking. “PLEASE!!! Give me the Lowlife stimulus package!”
Listen, my ego is enormous, but I have no shame in backtracking.
Last night I got an email that at first I thought was a hoax. I thought it was a hoax because it came in from Jeffery Lamar Williams, a.k.a. Young Thug. He had heard my Starboy EP and wanted me to do the same to his latest effort: Beautiful Thugger Girls. He said that he knew I had the artistic integrity to squeeze only the sweetest nectars from his work.
I shit you not, this is real. I know, it seems crazy but hey, here you go Thugga.