Sure, we’re halfway through the month of June, and it’s a little late to drop a ‘Best of May‘ playlist; but AWKWORD dropped the April mix 12 days into May, and it’s been streamed a record number of times. Not to mention that good music doesn’t get old — and we’ll revisit everything at the end of the year for the Top 100 of 2016. This month, AWKWORD has another wide selection spanning the genre, including a number of songs from international artists; some guilty-pleasure bully rap; music for the advancement of our culture; a few pop-leaning head nodders; and that good-old boom bap. Highlights include:
- Full songs from female rappers Kash & Sa-Roc
- A Mistah Fab collaboration with his Cali peers Kendrick Lamar & Crooked I
- Verses from the incredible Invincible of Detroit, as well as The Last Emperor, AWKWORD’s favorite rapper when he was in college
- “They” from a rapper new to me, Sturk
- Two appearances each from newbie Will EQ and AWKWORD’s Smart Crew-reppin homie from NY, Meyhem Lauren, whose whole album could’ve made the list
Other notables include: Mark Battles; Masta Ace; (spoken word from) Chuck D; Rise Rashid; (self-produced) Jonwayne; Action Bronson; (guest appearances from) Joe Budden, Pusha T, & Cormega; (a freestyle from) Jadakiss; (a remix of) Russ; Homeboy Sandman (twice); Mike Eagle; Aesop Rock; Hus Kingpin; Daniel Son; Conway; & Stargiela.
Production this month comes from AWKWORD’s producers Harry Fraud, Audible Doctor, & C-Lance, as well as list-frequenter Dame Grease; the homie Statik Selektah; Thelonious Martin; Nottz (twice); Ant (of Atmosphere); Large Professor; Alchemist, the god; DJ Muggs; and Hippie Sabotage.