!earshot charts - top 20 hip hop of 2015
|1||BadBadNotGood and Ghostface Killah
Sour Soul- (Lex)
Jazz and hip-hop have flirted with each other for years. From using samples mined from iconic jazz catalogues as in “Cantaloop Flip Fantasia” by Us3 to Guru and his Jazzmataz series of albums that used live instrumentation over hip hop beats.
This past year BadBadNotGood, the instrumental jazz hip-hop trio from Toronto collaborated with Ghostface Killah of the Wu-Tang Clan fame. The album was called Sour Soul and it elevated the jazz hip-hop alliance to another level.
Putting together a trio who are known to flout stylistic boundaries with a Staten Island veteran rapper, produced a unique juxtaposition of spit and grit over a sinewy and spacious backdrop, anchored by a clean, solid and unwavering beat. Part of you wanted to drift away in a cinematic cloud and the other part of you wanted to be wearing a bullet proof vest, because Ghost’s words are piercing and on point.
With guest MC’s, Ghostface Killah covers a gamut of subject matter against the cinematic backdrop provided by BadBadNotGood. If you’re a comic book super hero fan then “Ray Gun” is for you with a villainous MF Doom as guest. Who wouldn’t want a ray gun? “Street Knowledge” featuring Chicago rapper Tree is dark and raspy, while being wrapped in ambient almost gentle instrumentation. “Food” is an interesting track. It appears that Ghostface has been through the tunnel and out the other side as he extols the virtues of exercising your brain, practicing yoga and eating fish. “I used to rob and steal, now I make food for thought,” says Ghostface.
Collaborating on an album like this, right down to the old school recording techniques has got to change a group in some way. I’ll be curious to see what transpires for BBNG in the New Year.
BadBadNotGood are celebrating the New Year in Chicago.
By Shelley Gummeson
All chart appearances for Sour Soul
Asterisk (*) denotes Canadian artists. All !earshot charts in this issue reflect actual airplay on campus/community stations from January to December 2015. Charts are weighted according to broadcast range and market size. To view older charts from as far back as 1999, go to our charts main page.
|1||BadBadNotGood & Ghostface Killah||Sour Soul||Lex|
|2||k-os *||Can't Fly Without Gravity||Dine Alone|
|3||Relic / Rel McCoy *||The 13th Floor||Self-Released|
|5||Various *||Urbnet: Underground Hip Hop Vol.8||Urbnet|
|6||Lee Reed *||The Butcher, The Banker, The Bitumen Tanker||Rhymethink|
|7||Ghostface Killah & Adrian Younge||Twelve Reasons To Die II||Linear Labs|
|8||Run The Jewels||RUN THE JEWELS 2||Mass Appeal|
|9||Wordburglar *||Rapplicable Skills||Self-Released|
|10||Myka 9 & Factor *||Famous Future Time Travel||Urbnet|
|11||Public Enemy||Man Plans God Laughs||Cobraside|
|12||Swamp Thing *||Outer Limits||Urbnet|
|13||Moka Only *||Magickal Weirdness||Urbnet|
|14||Various||The Alchemist and Oh No Present: Welcome To Los Santos||Mass Appeal|
|15||Socalled *||Peoplewatching||Dare To Care|
|16||Ceschi||Broken Bone Ballads||Fake Four Inc.|
|17||J. Cole||2014 Forest Hills Drive||Columbia|
|19||Cityreal *||Prologue||Soul of the City|
|20||Dead Obies *||Montreal $ud||Bonsound|