My Top 12 Favourite Singles Of 2012

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Some of you may not know, but throughout the course of the year I make playlists of all the songs/singles/albums that I am feeling every month of the year. As it’s the end of 2012 I thought I’ll share what my most played singles of the year were, every track representing a month in the calendar. Whilst I was doing this, I noticed that the start of 2012 was a weak start for music! Sorry to side-track, let’s get down to business.

12. Mary Mary‘Go Get It’

A lot of people don’t know that I like to listen to Gospel music from time to time. One of my favourite inspirational/Gospel tracks that took my heart this year has definitely been Mary Mary’s ‘Go Get It’. The song brought deliverance to my soul on such a ratchet level. I was finding myself running around my room shouting ‘GO GET IT! GO GET IT! GO GET IT! GO GETCHO BLESSING!!”. I just want to encourage everyone to go getcho blessing within 2013! It’s yo’ time!

11. Melanie Fiona‘This Time (feat. J. Cole)’

Melanie Fiona has taken the award as one of my favourite albums this year. However, ‘This Time’ has also been one of my favourite singles she’s released this year. Not because it features one of my favourite rappers, J. Cole, but because it was a good contemporary R&B track. The reason why this record is one of my favourite singles from ‘The MF Life’ is because it isn’t the typical ballad that you would hear from Fiona, I really took a liking to the record, not only because of the appealing beat, but because of the lyrical content as well. With better promotion, I believe ‘This Time’ would’ve crossed over and been a big hit not only on Urban radio charts but on Pop radio as well. Hopefully, Fiona’s team steps it up a notch in 2013!

10. 2 Chainz‘No Lie (feat. Drake)’

I was very late when I heard ‘No Lie’ by 2 Chainz. Mainly because I am not a fan of 2 Chainz’s shouting, so I was out of the loop for a good minute. Despite that, one day I turned on my radio and heard this song and from there it became one of my favourite songs! I was drawn to the song by Drake’s verse. You can’t deny, Drake has a unique tone that can make you instantly like a record. ‘No Lie’ was my head bopping track of the spring!

9. Azealia Banks‘212 (feat. Lazy Jay)’

The party anthem of 2012! I wasn’t sure who the artist behind this track was when I first heard it until someone told me. From that moment onwards, it was another anthem of my summer! The climax of the song is what makes this record what it is! If ‘212’ hasn’t been the highlight record of your year then you’ve been living under a rock. Please be free to dance like a white boy to this record, because I casually will.

8. Misha B‘Home Run’

I’ve always been a fan of Misha B from the days when she was on ‘The X-Factor’. When she released her mixtape, ‘Why Hello World’, earlier on this year, ‘Homerun’, was the stand out record on the project for me. Despite the duration of the mixtape version being only 1 minute, I still took a liking to the track. However, when she released the full version of the record it became another summer anthem of 2012! I even came up with my own adlibs; “Misha bludclart B you da baddest! Misha bludclart B you da baddest! Look at what you’ve done, done!”

7. Rick Ross‘Stay Schemin (feat. Drake and French Montana)’

I bet you’re shocked to see this song on the list! As we’ve already established, I can be ratchet at times. However, I like to bring out the hood in me too. ‘Stay Schemin’ brought out the hood side of me this year. Every time I heard this track it made me want to smoke weed and kick back and relax, and I don’t even smoke, never mind smoking weed! See how influentially music can be! Staying on track, this track was an anthem for me and a real close friend of mine! I definitely was Schemin’ throughout 2012.

6. Rita Ora‘How We Do (Party)’

Rita Ora exploded onto the music scene with her single ‘R.I.P. (feat. Tinie Tempah)’. I would’ve liked R.I.P. if Ora released a version without Tinie Tempah; he spoiled the record for me. However, when ‘Party & Bullshit’ (The original track name) surfaced on the internet, it was my anthem for a while; it was even my ringtone for a long period! It’s the perfect song to shout whilst you’re walking to the clubs with a water bottle filled Vodka and Coke. Please crank up the volume to this party anthem!

5. Emeli Sande‘My Kind Of Love’

Emeli Sande definitely has been the best breakthrough artist of 2012. Her album ‘Our Version of Events’ has received the credit it deserves and I am more than content with the success she has gained from it. ‘My Kind Of Love’ was the fourth single to be lifted off the project and it was one of those records that speak the truth in a considerate manner. Am I the only one that found myself shouting “THAT’S WHEN YOU FEEL MY KIND OF LOVE” every time I heard the track? The video gave a whole different meaning to the song and that’s the beauty of this single, it can relate to a lot of different situations. 2012 has definitely been Emeli Sande’s year!

4. Rebecca Ferguson‘Too Good To Lose’

I really enjoyed Rebecca Ferguson’s debut album, ‘Heaven’. I was definitely over the moon when she released ‘Too Good To Lose’ as a single as it is one of my favourite tracks from the album! The video suited the record perfectly, every time I heard the track on the radio, I turned up the volume and was singing along to it at the top of my lungs. It is one of those records that will brighten up my day! Even though the record didn’t do well on UK singles chart, it was still one of my favourite tracks of 2012. Ferguson is too underrated; I’m hoping that she becomes a bigger star within the upcoming year.

3. Ciara‘Sorry’

Ciara’s career hasn’t been easy over the past couple years. However, within 2012 we really saw the songstress try to get her career back to where it was. Ciara released ‘Sorry’ this autumn and as soon as I heard the song, I was speechless. The record say’s everything that had been on my mind for a while. I was nearly drawn to tears. I didn’t know Ciara had that kind of power! I found myself listening to ‘Sorry’ in the morning, on my way to university, on my way home from university, on my way to work, on my way back home from work and once again before I went to sleep. It’s safe to say I was addicted to this record! ‘Sorry’ really captured my heart!

2. Keyshia Cole‘Enough Of No Love (feat. Lil’ Wayne)’

*GASP* Keyshia Cole is not #1 on my top 12 Favourite singles of 2012!? Shock horror! I have to be honest with myself. Everyone knows I love Keyshia Cole with all my heart and nothing is going to change that. She exploded back onto the music scene with ‘Enough of No Love’ scoring her first top 10 R&B hit since ‘Trust (feat. Monica)’. This record was my ringtone and I couldn’t stop quoting the song on my Twitter. It just weighed into certain situations that were happening in my life at the time. This is another reason why I love Keyshia Cole; she always pops up at the right time! ‘Enough Of No Love’ may not be #1 but you know it was another anthem of mine throughout the last quarter of the year!

1. Solange‘Losing You’

Solange has taken the crown for my FAVOURITE single of 2012! When Solange returned to the music scene with ‘Losing You’ I was astounded as to how she came back with a fresh sound! One thing I love Solange for is her diversity and her will power to stand out from the crowd! She never conforms and always stays in her lane. ‘Losing You’ was repeated constantly. Despite it being released during the last quarter of the year, it still had a huge impact on me. In fact, it is currently my ringtone! In the words of Tamar Braxton – Miss Knowles, you did that!

So there we have it, my top 12 favourite singles of 2012. It was very difficult to pick 12 tracks but I got there in the end! Do you agree with the list? What were your favourite singles of 2012?

J. Cole – Cole World: The Sideline Story [Album Review]

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One of the most anticipated Hip-Hop albums is being released this week. J. Cole’s debut album “Cole World: The Sideline Story”. Is it worth buying/Listening to? Lets see what I have to say about “The Sideline Story”.

J. Cole first came to my attention with “In The Morning”. This was when he was touring the UK with Drake. From then I’ve downloaded his mix-tapes and tried to keep tabs on him. I’ve been anticipating this album for a while.

J. Cole is an Hip-Hop artist who I think is Versatile. His versatility is shown throughout this album. We all know that not every Rapper talks about having sex with girls and cars, but I believe J. Cole touches on topics that really hit home. The track “Lost One’s” Is a track where J. Cole could make a “thug” cry. I don’t want to give the topic of the song away but its worth listening to. If you’ve been through it, it will be a personal Favorite.

Another track that is quite deep is “Breakdown” which in the first verse J. Cole is talking about meeting his father after so long and how he felt. I personally can relate to this song and in the words of Mr. Cole himself – This track is some “REAL SH*T” mark my words. With lyrics such as:

“I want a Father so bad I can’t help but Breakdown.”

Another track that has lyrical depth is “Daddy’s Little Girl”.

The album ain’t going to put you into a thinking/depressing mode. Tracks like “Mr. Nice Watch” are my personal favorite which defiantly would make J. Cole go more mainstream with the banging beat that lays on the track! However I don’t think that Jay-Z’s verse is needed. For me Jay-Z verse is not one of the best verse’s I’ve heard from Mr. Jigga Man himself.

When I was listening to J. Cole’s mix-tapes he did a remake of Missy Elliott’s “Best Friend (feat. Aaliyah)” and what J. Cole did with that track was PHENOMENAL!  I was hoping that Missy would work with him. I wasn’t expecting it on this album but THEY DID! The track “Nobody’s Perfect” Totally reminds me of “Best Friend”. “Nobody’s Perfect” is defiantly one of my favorites on the album. J. Cole talks about relationship so freely. Females if you want to know a males perspective of relationships I’ll suggest you listen to this album. “Nothing Lasts Forever” to be specific! This track summarizes up so many things in a nutshell. Its worth listening to!

I think J. Cole most defiantly kept it real as possible on this album. I wish him all the best with this album as I will be buying this album I think its a good Debut album from Cole! I hope you guys feel the same!

Recommended Tracks

  • Can’t Get Enough (Feat. Trey Songz)
  • Lights Please
  • Mr. Nice Watch (Feat. Jay-Z)
  • Cole World
  • In The Morning (Feat. Drake)
  • Lost One’s
  • Nobody’s Perfect (Feat. Missy Elliott)
  • Rise and Shine
  • Breakdown
  • Work Out
  • Nothing Last Forever
  • Daddy’s Little Girl
  • Who Dat

What’s your favourite tracks from the album?

J. Cole – Mr. Nice Watch (Feat. Jay-Z) [NEW MUSIC]

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Another leak from J. Cole’s debut album “COLE WORLD: The Sideline Story” has surfaced and I tell you – This track is F.I.R.E!

THIS TRACK IS FIRE!!!!!! Jay-Z doesn’t even need to be on this track! I just feel like his presence on the track is just not needed! The TRACK is just F.I.R.E! Needs to be the next single! I think J. Cole’s album is going to be one of my favorite Hip-Hop albums of this year!! Because as soon as I heard this track I was like….

However no more leaks until the album drops. Thank You.

J. Cole’s Album will be Released…..

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J Cole announced the Album title and the Release date of his Highly anticipated debut album on Twitter! So J. Cole’s album and Release Date is……..

Cole World: The Sideline Story

9/27 – 27th September 2011

Are you ready for Sideline Story? I know I Am! Here’s J. Cole’s Debut Single from the Album “Work Out”

 

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Keri Hilson – No Boys Allowed [Album Review]

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Okay, the second album from Keri Hilson! Her first album “In a Perfect world” was one of my favourite albums of 2009! Keri is a good song writer! When she puts soul into her songs you can feel the soul. For example go and listen to “Where Did He go?” “Intuition” and also “Alienated” these all show Keri’s soulful side, this is the side of Keri Hilson that I like.

The first single that Keri Hilson dropped of her new album “No Boys Allowed” was “Breaking Point” this wasn’t a strong choice for the first single of the album, but Breaking Point grew on everybody, but didn’t grow quick enough for the charts. The Second single that Keri dropped was the Fantastic “Pretty Girl Rock” Pretty Girl Rock is another anthem! This should have been Keri’s first single! Then Keri went and dropped the bomb on us with the video to “The Way You Love Me” which caused uproar on social networks such as Twitter! People were shocked at Keri’s “Pussy Popping” and her lyrics that consisted of “Fuck me, Fuck me; It’s the way you fuck me!” to follow up afterwards she did a interview with Perez Hilton and said “I don’t want to make love, I just want to get fucked!” coming from me I was shocked by all this ATROUCIOUS language that Keri was using, I am a fan and I’m used to her keeping it “CUTE”. After this outcome of Keri’s “The Way you Love me” I was intrigued to see where this album was going.

I heard “Buy you” when it was leaked with Lil Kim. I liked the version of the song with Lil’ Kim’s verse. I think it would have been a good way to bring Lil’ Kim back into the industry (even though I know she hasn’t left). But as we know Keri didn’t use the Lil’ Kim version on the album she has the J. Cole version on the album. Which nothing wrong with that, Buy You is one of the best song’s on the album! Can be compared to her “Get Your Money Up (feat. Keyshia Cole & Trina)” on her In a Perfect World album.

Summing up this review in short words, I wasn’t too impressed with Keri’s album. I felt like something was missing. When I heard the title was going to be called “No Boys allowed” listening to her previous work I was thinking it’s going to be some Soulful – R&B heartbreaking songs that was going to give you some Soulfood, However it is an album full of some sexual songs and a few heart-comforting songs here and there.

 

Tracks that grew on me were “Bahm, Bahm” and “One night Stand (feat. Chris Brown)”. One Night stand grew on me because it has Chris Brown in it. Despite what’s happened to Chris Brown in the past you cannot deny that when u see his name featuring on a track you are intrigued to listen!

One track that I didn’t like when it leaked was “Toy Solider” but when listening to the album I like this track very much! This is the Keri Hilson that I Love and this is the kind of material I was expecting on No Boy’s Allowed! Another track that is similar to Toy Soldier is “All the Boy’s” These tracks [in my eyes] Make this album what it is. Keri’s vocals in “All the Boy’s” really suits her! Wish she would make more songs like this!

“Pretty Girl Rock featuring Kanye West (remix)” is Unnecessary. I am sorry to say. Didn’t do anything for me at all!

However, No Boy’s Allowed is a good effort from Keri Hilson, but I really do wish that on her next album she mixes a bit of “Pretty Girl Rock” and a bit of “All The Boys” together! I need the soulful side of Keri Hilson back. None of this “Fuck me, Fuck me” Business.