“First off, big shoutout to the good folks at Audiomack for recognizing the value in what I’m doing with these monthly best-of playlists, naming me a ‘Verified Tastemaker’. It’s now even easier to fall upon our playlists in the app and on the website. (And thank you to Matt Diamond of Diamond Media/Coalmine Records for including my song in his first playlist for Audiomack!)
This month may be the best yet, from top to bottom — and that last part’s proverbial, as all the playlists are ‘mixed’ based on sound, style and theme, and not from the best to the 50th best.” –AWKWORD
Standouts this month:
- First and foremost, AWKWORD’s past collaborator REKS, who appears THREE TIMES over top-notch production.
- An African anthem put together by the legendary DJ Jimmy Jatt, featuring Femi Kuti and AWKWORD’s friend & “I Am” collaborator Modenine.
- Two in-your-face political cuts, from rappers’ rappers Emilio Rojas & Saigon.
- The song that sold AWKWORD on young white rapper Token, the heartfelt “Happiness”.
- Two songs featuring AWKWORD’s favorite rapper — and friend & collaborator — ILL BILL.
- Better representation from women in Hip-Hop, with new music from Dominique Larue, Eternia, & Rapsody.
- AWKWORD’s introduction to Chox-Mak, who beat him to the punch using his daughters to deliver a beautiful hook.
- Break-neck beats from Statik Selektah, Buckwild, Large Professor, Alchemist, Apollo Brown, Nottz, Optiks, & J. Rawls.
- The return (again) of one of AWKWORD’s personal favorites, Mickey Factz.
- More brilliant bully rap from Conway & WestSide Gunn.