“Queens Kids” -Bryant Dope (DOWNLOAD)
Found On: “Queens Kids” mixtape
Paying homage to one of Hip Hop’s most influential boroughs, Bryant Dope laced this lovely Hannibal King (whom you’ll no doubt being seeing more throughout this list) instrumental with enough competent rhymes to make “Queens Kids” one of the year’s most chill tracks. Serving as the warm-up to Dope’s mixtape of the same name, “Queens Kids” stood apart from the rest of the fodder as the rest of the free effort was somewhat of a disappointment. Still, at 18 years of age, there’s plenty of room for growth, but dude has a long way to go before reaching Bada$$ status.
Found On: “NY2BE”
The first release of Belgian producer’s “N’ Chillow” series, Chillow linked up with, up until now, little known Queens MC, Reap. As a whole, “NY2BE” was a very enjoyable LP for someone whom is borderline stuck in 1992-1997, like myself. To boot, that era is captured best on “Coming Up”, complete with a smoove horn loop and the mandatory sleigh bells. Also, Reap showcases his finest lyrical performance on the track as well. I’ll give Reap plenty of credit though, dude has one of the smoothest voices in Hip Hop that I’ve heard in 2012. Keep your ears peeled for more from Chillow as he is slated for a collabo LP with the likes of El Da Sensei of The Artifacts.