Tuesday, December 18, 2012

My Top Songs of 2012

Leave alone the Billboard, what the critics say on meta-critic and my lovely local music. Whether the song has been charting or not.Here is a list of of the songs that had me going in 2012. I dont really know which song should probably be my best in this short list. Offcourse there have been many good song such as Azonto, Wild Ones, Gangnam Style but their lyrical disability makes the not make the list.

 Ed Sheeran- The A-Team

This song is about a girl who's life is spiraling down. She must have moved out of her house at a young age and gotten her own apartment. But her addiction to (drugs) made it hard for her to pay her rent. Instead of paying her rent, she spent all of her money on drugs. As the addiction went on, she didn't care for the rent as much as she cared for the drugs. She was miserable and her only escape was getting high. She did whatever she could to get money to pay for drugs. In the music video she sells newspapers on the street and then we see that she resorts to prostitution. This is also evident in the lyrics. At this point, she's realized what she's become and she hates who she is. Her only escape from her self hate and depression was drugs. She would rather get high and risk dying than live another day sober in this miserable life she has.

But I also believe that the lyrics indicated a lot of hope. Maybe that she was once a super model or some sort of icon that got addicted to drugs and lost her fame. That's where the "class a team" comes in. Obviously, she's admired for something. I'm just not sure what.

  D'banj- Oliver Twist 

Since it came out it has been making waves in the industry and even still rocks clubs and bobs heads till date. But, when i say “waves”, I don’t mean the regular waves that push rocks on the beach; no, that would be an understatement. When I say “waves”, I mean massive tsunami-type waves that have taken D’Banj ‘s name well across shores.

Many people don't understand the song and therefore do not appreciate it because they do not know the meaning of an Oliver Twist. They apparently did not read the Oliver Twist novel. Put simply, an Oliver Twist is a person who is not satisfied and wants to have everything. Applying that definition to D'Banj's Oliver Twist song, D'Banj is talking about a guy who wants to have all the girls. He wants to have, among other girls, Beyonce, even though she is with Jigga; Nicki Minaj, because her nyansh is bigger; Rihanna, because he makes him gaga; Omotola, because people like her; Genevieve, because she is so sweet; and Nadia Buari, because she does not drink gari.

Gotye- Somebody that i used to know


There’s a reason why Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know” remained No. 1 for eight weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, making it the third longest running number one single of the year. It’s fucking brilliant. It’s also baffling to think that a track so atypical of a number one song managed to capture the hearts of so many world round—perhaps mainstream music isn’t as doomed as we thought. Gotye manages to balance real nuanced emotions of a tortured heart bested only when the woman he is pouring his heart out to takes the stage revealing his inability to see past his own nose. Accented by a near-perfect music video featuring a naked Gotye and Kimbra, the track is definitely the biggest success that Gotye will ever see, and that’s fine. His stylistic approach to songwriting isn’t long for a prolonged spotlight in the mainstream music scene, but who would’ve guessed that a little tune recorded in his parent’s house could have garnered such monumental international success. Good show.

  Kanye West- Mercy
 "Mercy" directly increased public awareness of "thirsty" as a slang term, making a mark on pop culture that goes beyond radio spins and digital sales. Simply put, it's the year's most undeniable musical moment, and proof that Kanye is as adept at churning out hits as ever before.
 1. G.O.O.D. Music "Mercy"
“Well! It is a weeping and a meaning and a gnashing of teeth. It is a weeping and a meaning and a gnashing of teeth.”

It is no secret that Kanye West is a faithful man, circa “Jesus Walks”, but rarely does he insert obscure Bible references in his tracks. I choose to elaborate on this because I feel that the subtle application of this quote has gone over most peoples heads. The quote comes from Matthew 13:42 and reads, “the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.” With this line Kanye West is inferring that his existence in the the hip hop industry is a great threat to other artists and that he is something of a chosen one since this particular quote is eluding to the second coming of Jesus Christ and the end of the world.

 Frank Ocean- Thinkin Bout You


In light of his recent blog 'confession,' I really really think this song is about the relationship he was talking about in it. His first love. Frank said that the guy he was in love with wouldn't admit he had the same feelings when Frank told him how he felt.

I think the verses of this song are fragments of their conversations with each other.

Like, this verse is the guy's response after Frank's confession:
"No, I don't like you, I just thought you were cool enough to kick it"
"Since you think I don't love you, I just thought you were cute
That's why I kiss you"

And this verse is Frank's response to the guy after he admits he feels the same way years later. Or I don't know, could still be from the guy's point of view...once they see each other again. .... I haven't decided:
"Yes, of course I remember, how could I forget how you feel?
And though you were my first time,
A new feel.
It won't ever get old, not in my soul
Not in my spirit, keep it alive
We'll go down this road
'Til it turns from color to black and white"

Frank is an inspiration. Incredibly talented.... And I now have an even greater respect for him and his courage to say what he said and speak straight from the heart.


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