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Niggas in Paris Promo Photo The Throne - “Niggas in Paris”

“After You Are Done Listening To It You Feel As Though You Have The World's Strongest Drug In Your Veins. "I don't even know what that means No one knows what it means, but it's provocative.. gets the people going!!"”

Mr.Top Hat's Rating:                     Posted on Sep 09, 2011
Niggas in Paris Promo Photo Jay Z - “Niggas in Paris”

“After You Are Done Listening To It You Feel As Though You Have The World's Strongest Drug In Your Veins. "I don't even know what that means No one knows what it means, but it's provocative.. gets the people going!!"”

Mr.Top Hat's Rating:                     Posted on Sep 09, 2011
Niggas in Paris Promo Photo Kanye West - “Niggas in Paris”

“After You Are Done Listening To It You Feel As Though You Have The World's Strongest Drug In Your Veins. "I don't even know what that means No one knows what it means, but it's provocative.. gets the people going!!"”

Mr.Top Hat's Rating:                     Posted on Sep 09, 2011
The Kick Promo Photo XV - “The Kick”

“Production is undeniably great stuff: one half cinematically intense vibe, one half packing an absolutely massive punch. Instrumental takes its time unfolding, the foundations laid by a consistent, pensive sampled bass-line, before lifting off with ear-splitting onslaught of battering electronic drums. Five seconds in, the listener will know that XV means business. DJ Tech-Neek's contribution is heavy but it doesn't overshadow vocals and allows XV's lyrics to be viewed as clear and distinct, and you can tell that each bar is measured, thoughtful and the song as a whole, even more so. Verses are deep and emotive, but quick witted and sharp tongued at the same time and that’s a combination few can refuse. By the time hook arrives you’re completely immersed in the darkness of it all. http://rapgenius.com/Xv-the-kick-lyrics "The Kick" is darker and more intense than its predecessor, "Phobia", but maintaining the staying power. I’m quite sure that, just like its predecessor, I’ll be coming back to this for months. An uber great example of conscious rapping and powerful production.”

Mr.Top Hat's Rating:                     Posted on Sep 09, 2011
Can’t Get Enough Promo Photo J. Cole - “Can’t Get Enough”

“Although you've heard the story before (ladies love bad boys), you can't front on the skilled execution. As a whole, it’s certainly a step up after "Work Out", but lyrically, there isn't a giant gap between where I like this and where I stand with "Work Out". In any case, Jermaine tears into his performance here with a tenacity that makes it clear just whose song this is. Packed with the brashness, which in my opinion is the particular flavor of the song where Cole proves himself capable to a level that the few flashes of southern slang he uses don't sound contrived. And his flow remain in control the whole time keeping the listener energized and keeping their attention. And Trey Songz only need few sentences and the right tone (deliberate extra drawl) to get listeners sing-along while being neither annoyed nor annoying. That’s more than most radio songs this catchy can say about themselves: a star feature employed as a tool, not just a crutch. Brian Kidd pulled a slick one with this masterful sample manipulation. Can't say I'm familiar with his past work but this right here is unequivocally refreshing and the product of an astute listener who knows his way around an obscure yet vibrant sample, and constructs his beats with subtlety and artistry. I'm an instant fan and will be searching out his stuff with regularity. It’s definitely a good song, and it maintains its spark even after several listens. Too bad the general public cannot be trusted to make a song of this quality, having a distinct sound, a hit. Still, I'm hopeful. Given a slice of luck and a prevailing wind this could well see J. Cole nudge up a rung on the ladder of public approbation.”

Mr.Top Hat's Rating:                     Posted on Sep 06, 2011
Can’t Get Enough Promo Photo Trey Songz - “Can’t Get Enough”

“Although you've heard the story before (ladies love bad boys), you can't front on the skilled execution. As a whole, it’s certainly a step up after "Work Out", but lyrically, there isn't a giant gap between where I like this and where I stand with "Work Out". In any case, Jermaine tears into his performance here with a tenacity that makes it clear just whose song this is. Packed with the brashness, which in my opinion is the particular flavor of the song where Cole proves himself capable to a level that the few flashes of southern slang he uses don't sound contrived. And his flow remain in control the whole time keeping the listener energized and keeping their attention. And Trey Songz only need few sentences and the right tone (deliberate extra drawl) to get listeners sing-along while being neither annoyed nor annoying. That’s more than most radio songs this catchy can say about themselves: a star feature employed as a tool, not just a crutch. Brian Kidd pulled a slick one with this masterful sample manipulation. Can't say I'm familiar with his past work but this right here is unequivocally refreshing and the product of an astute listener who knows his way around an obscure yet vibrant sample, and constructs his beats with subtlety and artistry. I'm an instant fan and will be searching out his stuff with regularity. It’s definitely a good song, and it maintains its spark even after several listens. Too bad the general public cannot be trusted to make a song of this quality, having a distinct sound, a hit. Still, I'm hopeful. Given a slice of luck and a prevailing wind this could well see J. Cole nudge up a rung on the ladder of public approbation.”

Mr.Top Hat's Rating:                     Posted on Sep 06, 2011
Hard White (Up in the Club) Promo Photo Yelawolf - “Hard White (Up in the Club)”

“Absolute quality first single by Yela! that don't feels like a true departure, but definitely seems like an improvement of the elements which made people like his music in the first place. It might not prove to be a "crossover" hit for him, but will more than satisfy any fan looking for a hit of the raw uncut hip-hop dats all about flowing with impeccable ability and beats that will have your neck snapping like rap music should! Tha Hydrox makes a SOLID first impression with this banger right here! This is club music for folks during heavy bombing: it’s exceedingly aggressive, turning aggression and in-your-face attitude up-to-11 with choice selection of words of profanity, and an unintelligible looped vocal sample dats digitally treated in ways that I’m sure most legal systems would view as at least felonious. A Lil Jon feature is you’d never see with any of today’s artists, but I am pleased to hear that they brought him in to handle hypeman duties for the track. This is now, without a doubt, my favorite song from YelaWolf and most definitely the one that will elicit the strongest crowd reaction out of all his previous songs. The energy is hard to deny, and the simplicity of concept is easy to get committed to.”

Mr.Top Hat's Rating:                     Posted on Aug 05, 2011
Hard White (Up in the Club) Promo Photo Lil Jon - “Hard White (Up in the Club)”

“Absolute quality first single by Yela! that don't feels like a true departure, but definitely seems like an improvement of the elements which made people like his music in the first place. It might not prove to be a "crossover" hit for him, but will more than satisfy any fan looking for a hit of the raw uncut hip-hop dats all about flowing with impeccable ability and beats that will have your neck snapping like rap music should! Tha Hydrox makes a SOLID first impression with this banger right here! This is club music for folks during heavy bombing: it’s exceedingly aggressive, turning aggression and in-your-face attitude up-to-11 with choice selection of words of profanity, and an unintelligible looped vocal sample dats digitally treated in ways that I’m sure most legal systems would view as at least felonious. A Lil Jon feature is you’d never see with any of today’s artists, but I am pleased to hear that they brought him in to handle hypeman duties for the track. This is now, without a doubt, my favorite song from YelaWolf and most definitely the one that will elicit the strongest crowd reaction out of all his previous songs. The energy is hard to deny, and the simplicity of concept is easy to get committed to.”

Mr.Top Hat's Rating:                     Posted on Aug 05, 2011
Ronald Reagan Era Promo Photo Kendrick Lamar - “Ronald Reagan Era”

“And the anticipation for "#Section80" continues to grow like a Cali wildfire. Kendrick is three for three here, as he keeps it going and continues where he left of with his last two leaks. The lyrical content is cocky and full of cryptic suggestion that you will probably have to listen to a few times and put some thoughts into figuring out the thought behind the concept. It feels like the work of a rapper so secure in his raw abilities that he don't have to sweat the details. And the unforgiving hook is certainly evocative, turning the song into a sure-fire anthem of the new West! The complex nature of the lyrics is well supported by the composition, which never forgets to make itself well heard, in every department. The gritty drums, looped eerie strings that sustain throughout in the background, alongside the high dosage of window-shaking bass adds a dark cinematic ambiance to production. It’s ominous without being extra dramatic. Stirring stuff indeed, and much like "HiiiPoWer" & "Sex With Society", this is a painful reminder of how polished, increasingly stylized yet unfailingly ineffectual a lot of music from other artists sounds these days.”

Mr.Top Hat's Rating:                     Posted on Jun 20, 2011
Ronald Reagan Era Promo Photo RZA - “Ronald Reagan Era”

“And the anticipation for "#Section80" continues to grow like a Cali wildfire. Kendrick is three for three here, as he keeps it going and continues where he left of with his last two leaks. The lyrical content is cocky and full of cryptic suggestion that you will probably have to listen to a few times and put some thoughts into figuring out the thought behind the concept. It feels like the work of a rapper so secure in his raw abilities that he don't have to sweat the details. And the unforgiving hook is certainly evocative, turning the song into a sure-fire anthem of the new West! The complex nature of the lyrics is well supported by the composition, which never forgets to make itself well heard, in every department. The gritty drums, looped eerie strings that sustain throughout in the background, alongside the high dosage of window-shaking bass adds a dark cinematic ambiance to production. It’s ominous without being extra dramatic. Stirring stuff indeed, and much like "HiiiPoWer" & "Sex With Society", this is a painful reminder of how polished, increasingly stylized yet unfailingly ineffectual a lot of music from other artists sounds these days.”

Mr.Top Hat's Rating:                     Posted on Jun 20, 2011
Work Out Promo Photo J. Cole - “Work Out”

“The term “lead single” could have been applied about 47 times so far in the course of J. Cole's album campaign, but "Work Out" is by far the most commercially appealing track I've heard from him, thus making it an obvious single choice. The song, despite having a totally instant melody, is a grower. At first I thought there was something missing. Now I'm really settling in with it. With each listen I appreciated the sound more, but I still don’t know what to make of it. With all the completeness this track is showcasing, I'm not hearing a smash hit here, but hopefully it will have a more prominent role on charts than on my iPod. Cos if anyone deserves success or at least a chance at it, it's J. Cole! The good news is, despite being a label-pushed single, J. Cole doesn't sacrifice too much lyrical skill and managed to squeeze in some good entertaining lines in there, all the while effectively switching his rap flow to harmonizing on hooks. The production, while in my opinion certainly not upper tier, is optimally arranged in a fresh, catchy and melodic package. It’s clearly ready for consumption on a high level but the cynical side of me is still unconvinced about staying power here. It’s very solid, but it doesn’t come together as well as it should. I think this is the type of track that is just enough to satiate the typical J.Cole fanbase and is meant to expand the fan base, especially an attempt to attract the fairer sex. But the thing is it might not succeed in that latter department completely. All in all, while success won’t be achieved overnight, "Work Out" certainly puts him in the conversation. People, let's make this catch on. And for the DJs out there, do your part and play this.”

Mr.Top Hat's Rating:                     Posted on Jun 18, 2011
Nasty Promo Photo Nas - “Nasty”

“Damn! how well crafted this song is. It’s great to hear a veteran rapper getting by on his skills and not desperate pleas to take it back to the old school or bring New York back. Track dutifully marches forth at a steady head-nodding pace which operates with pounding drumline reminiscent of old school breakbeats while Nas spits fire in a precise, tightly wound delivery and a veritable shower of disgusting rhymes, with more skills on display than your average Olympics. The inclusion of strategically positioned horns in lieu of hook caught me by surprise and give a grand feel to the beat. All these elements combine to form a commanding sonic landscape that is satisfyingly nostalgic but still sounding fresh! Still ain’t convinced on the album title, but if there’s an album of material matching this quality, form an orderly queue behind me at the record shop! 4.5”

Mr.Top Hat's Rating:                     Posted on Jun 15, 2011
Dance Without You Promo Photo Skylar Grey - “Dance Without You”

“And suddenly folks stopped enjoying a song about wanting to dance and have fun? Wassup with these ratings yo! As someone said earlier, the daring of song is, while a little tougher to get a grasp on, infinitely more satisfying in the end. Now, don't take me wrong, by "a little tougher to get a grasp on," I don't mean that song is inaccessible, discordant or non-melodic; far from it. I simply mean that, it took me a few listens to really get a feel for the record. All I urge is that you listen more than once because for a first time, it might be a bit much. Believe me, the uneasiness will subside, and the impressive attention to production and lyrics will become more and more evident. The track has a harder side to it, but at the same time is radio friendly. The lyrics are aggressive and appealing enough for those that haven’t fully evolved out of their rebellious stage, while production just melodic and palatable enough for those that enjoy different sounds. Alex Da Kid's production is a successful display of experimentation that captures a broad range of how this duo approaches music and it definitely creates an anxiety of their forthcoming full album. The uneasiness the song suggest is intentional and accomplished as it feels the lyrics are pushing against instrumental in order to get to the chorus first. Moreover, it culminates in one of Skylar's most unrestrained performance in memory. This is no cookie-cutter formula, nor is this any jumping on a bandwagon – what you get is powerful music that is fresh and distinct, urgent and infectious, and evidence that this duo have much to contribute to the world of music than just being hip-hop hook writers. This might be too edgy for urban radio but I hope not edgy enough for modern rock stations. Hopefully it will reach a larger audience and bring the song the fan base that it deserves.”

Mr.Top Hat's Rating:                     Posted on Jun 11, 2011
Cee-Lo Green Cee-Lo Green - “(You’re So Square) Baby, I Don’t Care”

“Music that sets you heart racing... age no bar! Its amazing how much goodness is packed in just under 1:30 minutes. This is an example of how simple yet timeless songwriting equals songs that will continue to remain in popular music, won't get boring or old no matter how many times one listen to it, and should appeal to anyone with an inclination towards listening good music over worrying about genre of music. Sure I'd like to hear Mr. Green lay it down some dope rhymes on the mic again, but there's absolutely no denying that Cee-Lo Green is a multi-gifted artist who writes, produces and can sing over any instrumental that he sets his mind to. Simply put this cover version right here is the one I'll be enjoying for years to come.”

Mr.Top Hat's Rating:                     Posted on Jun 11, 2011
Royce Da 5'9 Royce Da 5'9" - “Second Place”

“While the track's concept may not be exactly groundbreaking, the sheer quality of lyrics, the colorful execution of rhymes, and with DJ Premier manning the boardwork duties, there’s not much doubt that it’s going to wind up in heavy rotation. The effortless feel of the delivery belies the exactness and meticulously measured flow and punchlines. As playful as he is ruthless in asserting his supremacy over his peers, Royce demonstrates a deliberate, expert flow and easy command of slick wordplay. His performance may not give him mainstream light here, but around the world where that talent is appreciated, they recognize and respect the SKILLS which only confidence in your mic abilities brings.”

Mr.Top Hat's Rating:                     Posted on Jun 07, 2011

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