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Options December 20, 2019: Put the Needle on the Best of 2019 Part 1

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Artist Track Album Label Year Comments Images New Approx. start time
Quelle Chris  Obamacare   Options Guns  Mello Music Group  2019  Quelle Chris said of this song, “Obamacare came together just as organically as everything else on Guns. I’d been sitting on a few arrangements of two samples for a couple months. While in Oakland I was working with Chris Keys and Sean 5ill. Keys was doing an unintentional bit as an angry drum instructor that led to some amazing breaks. Once the drums existed the homeless samples basically feel into place. Keys then added his amazing piano.” MUSIC VIDEO LINK = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-F19d5PcJY 
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Blu & Exile  Power to the People   Options True & Livin' EP  Dirty Science / Fat Beats  2019  cool ass LA duo reunited in 2019 for this EP - in addition to each doing tons of other stuff - esp. the hella prolific Blu 
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WestSide Gunn   Finn Balor (Remix) (EDIT)   Options     2019  Buffalo NY represent - 
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Rob Cave & The Other Guys  Lets Gets Moneys   Options WORD  HiPPNOTT Records  2019  WORD lp outta BK on HippNott Records - truly slept on hip-hop talent 
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Cedar Hill  Baby Ruth   Options     2019  Cedar Hill (Nish & Landscape) with their next level hip-hop were popular on this show Here is video link to this song = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4lD77XkYAQ 
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Dr. LaFlow   Lobster Cakes (feat. Unorthodocks)   Options     2019  this song's YT audio only posting has like 117 views in 9 months - another example of how slept on some of the best hip-hop gets overlooked 
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ILLA x DIATRIBE   Very Clear   Options Very Clear EP    2019  #IrishHipHop from first half of 2019 Derry born Manchester based DANNY DIATRIBE and Dublin born Amsterdam based KYNZ ILLA of Grim Pickinz drop their EPs self titled track. Produced by KYNZ ILLA. VIDEO ahot at Hill Street Blues, Amsterdam. = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KXQ5hGoaW7w 
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Roughneck Jihad & Solomon Strange  Quarter of Silence   Options THE ADVENTURES OF DR VOODUN    2019  accompanying animated video (extended) project = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oay7SPfFnGI 
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Bullies   Slicer Dicer EDIT   Options     2019  Bullies is Denmark Vessey, DrxQuinnx and Azarias 
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Khadaf x Napoleon Da Legend  Kwassa Kwassa (feat. Rockness Monsta)   Options MULHOUSE 2 BROOKLYN EP    2019  Napoleon Da Legend was born in Paris, France of East African (Comoros) descent & raised in DC, MA area. Feat Rockness Monsta of Boot Camp Clik, Khadaf of the Comoros Islands, production from DJ Scribe, Flotech, DJ Killa and pioneer DJ Dee Nasty. - this track came out earlier this year when first played here - but the video version was just published this past week seen here = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nW8y18uQs78 
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Bru Lei  Yesterday   Options feBRUary  Public School Records  2019  Sacramento hip-hop talent known to most for his BRUTANG project in February 2019 dropped his follow up to the album Selfie with producer Noshess, the eight song album feBRUary (again with the Ohio producer) that his label (Public School Records) accurately described as “jazzy, rumbling head nod stream of consciousness hip hop flow in a loosely conceptual album about being stuck in the month of February like Bill Murray in Groundhog's Day”. 
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A-God & Brutal Caesar  Mirror Studies   Options     2019  off 7 song EP released April 20th 2019 and found here = https://brutalcaesar.bandcamp.com/album/brutal-god 
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Chris Orrick   Liquor Store Hustle   Options Out To Sea    2019  This song - when played here upon its release - got the award of the week for the best, most unpretentious, self-effacing, drinking alone anthem = just an incredible song - listen to autobiographical lyrics. Bio = "Chris Orrick is the patron saint of a poisoned world. The blue-collar Michigan MC writes spiteful chants for the permanently scarred, death letters for the forgotten, surly hymns for charcoal lungs." 
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DJ Pnutz  Alone EDIT   Options Work Flow    2019  one of two amazing albums released by San Diego female hip-hop talent DJ Pnutz that each got their world premiere on this WFMU show 
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The Good People   headpones   Options     2019  The Good People's "Headphones" was released way back on the second day of 2019 is this upbeat sweet slice of boom-bap from New York City’s The Good People, the head-noddiing hip-hop track “Headphones,” that was the lead single of their mid-January released album "Good For Nuthin" (Fresh Pressings Records) whose many features included Sadat X, Cella Dwellas, Large Professor, DJ Red Alert and Napoleon Da Legend. Peep the music video version = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FaTGqGJ9pPg 
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C Keys & Kazi  To Whom It May Concern   Options Keys 2 Kazi    2019  “Keys 2 Kazi, a collaboration between Sacramento MC C Keys and producer Kazi, opens with bravado. “Flexing every lyric flow / Speaking of a miracle,” Keys raps over Kazi’s ominous, hypnotic beats. The track ends with similar gusto: “I’m not even rapping,” Keys says, “Really just voice commanding.” It’s a punchy, ear-catching gambit; but from there, the album shifts focus, developing into a broader collection of smart and nuanced concept tracks.” PEEP VIDEO VERSION = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31umfRN5lEQ 
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Lyric Jones & Nameless  Boston (Still Lovin It)   Options GA$ MONEY    2019  Femcee/singer/songwriter/drummer Lyric Jones teamed up with producer Nameless for the wonderful (albeit slept on) concept album ”GA$ MONEY.” As noted by the duo on the creation of GA$ MONEY, they found “common ground as they both were creating this project long distance while she drove Lyft & Uber majority of the time” and Nameless was a truck driver. "Gas money" was their inside joke in reference to it “being the bare minimum required for their presence or services in the music business” - and how each artist drives all day to make ends meet and be able to make music. See the music video to this song here = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87mqV4cDuR8 
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Preach Jacobs & Tall Black Guy   Gifted People   Options     2019  Sounds Familar Records/Mo' Betta Soul - produced by Detroit’s super talented Tall Black Guy - this track - fueled by Nina Simone samples - positive uplifting pro-black themed track from Preach Jacobs see video here = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=702mudoja-w 
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DJ Quest   Biotronic   Options Biotronic    2019  long time San Francisco turntablist / producer - born in El Salvador - frequent guest on this show (inc. on the 2019 WFMU Marathon DVD for this show) who is IMO among the Top 5 DJs of all time - albeit largely slept on and underappreciated - member of Bullet Proof Scratch Hamsters/Space Travelers/ Liive Human and more - a true dedicated super talented artists 
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Blockhead   Weeping Willow   Options Free Sweatpants  Backwoodz Studioz  2019  NYC producer / previous show guest is just amazingly talented - as proven by this sample of his killer 2019 (mostly all instrumental) album 
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Listener comments!

Avatar Fri. 12/20/19 7:00pm Jim the Poet:

BEST OF 2019!!!
  Fri. 12/20/19 7:01pm Tall Paul:

What up Bill, how is everyone wishing ya'll a very Happy Christmas.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Fri. 12/20/19 7:01pm chris:

Hey, Billy Jam, Jim the Poet, all! happy merry!
  Fri. 12/20/19 7:02pm battleaxe:

Thanxz for another year of GREAT beats Billy Jam!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 12/20/19 7:03pm mb:

Hey all. Massive start. Twas a good year for hip hop. Cheeerssss!!
Avatar Fri. 12/20/19 7:04pm TheRapperWithNoName:

*spark* Big UPS BIlly Jam for the steady flow of WFM-U Already Know!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Fri. 12/20/19 7:05pm chresti:

Hi Billy Jam and PTNOTR people!
  Fri. 12/20/19 7:06pm Tall Paul:

Always good to hear Blu n Exile a great duo.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Fri. 12/20/19 7:06pm listener 126464:

Cheers everybody! Thanks Billy Jam!
Avatar Fri. 12/20/19 7:07pm Billy Jam:

hey RWNN, listener 126464 mb, chris in SF, battleaxe, Tall Paul in Dublin + Jim the Poet in the studio doing engineering - coming to u from Dublin Ireland this week - which is Part 1 in 3 parts of the Best of 2019 Hip-Hop from my subjective perspective
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Fri. 12/20/19 7:07pm chresti:

I love best of shows!
Avatar Fri. 12/20/19 7:07pm Aaron Hali (Mike Craycraft):

Power to my peeps, sup y’all?
Avatar Fri. 12/20/19 7:16pm Billy Jam:

hey chresti + Aaron Hali
Avatar Fri. 12/20/19 7:18pm Aaron Hali (Mike Craycraft):

Whattup Billy!!?
  Fri. 12/20/19 7:19pm Tall Paul:

Great to hear Irish HipHop Dublin will be jumping tomorrow night as the Irish OGs take the stage christmas with the Scary Éire cru
Avatar Fri. 12/20/19 7:20pm Smurph:

Avatar Fri. 12/20/19 7:26pm Billy Jam:

hey there Smurph - Am good Aaron in Sacto - in DUB today and tom. joining Tall Paul going to see Irish hip-hop pioneers Scary Eire - whose member DJ Mek and Ri Ra have both been guests on this show before - and who (c/o Monica Lynch) back in the early 90s were inc. on a Tommy Boy international hip-hop compilation "Planet Rap" with track "Lost for Words"
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 12/20/19 7:30pm common:

Billy. All
Avatar Fri. 12/20/19 7:32pm Billy Jam:

hey common thanks for listening and big up to JIM THE POET for engineering this show
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 12/20/19 7:34pm mb:

This is dope but my dude needs a stage name.
Avatar Fri. 12/20/19 7:34pm TheRapperWithNoName:

Much love to Jim the Poet for makin it happen
Avatar Fri. 12/20/19 7:35pm Billy Jam:

@mb - him and Keith Murray :)
  Fri. 12/20/19 7:35pm ignatatus666:

Greetings from Peekskill
91.9 fm was coming in choppy then getting stepped on by a Latin station so I switched to the ap
Avatar Fri. 12/20/19 7:35pm Billy Jam:

@TRWNN - thanks for showing love for JIM THE GODDAM POET - hey ignatatus666
Avatar Fri. 12/20/19 7:36pm Jim the Poet:

Love to All this Holiday Season! Happy to be along for the ride!
Avatar Fri. 12/20/19 7:39pm Billy Jam:

@mb - Chris Orrick's stage name was Red Pill
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Fri. 12/20/19 7:39pm listener 126464:

hit after hit after hit
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 12/20/19 7:39pm mb:

I saw the massive Westside Gunn billboard in Times Square. Are those dudes breaking into the "mainstream"?
Avatar Fri. 12/20/19 7:39pm TheRapperWithNoName:

we need these beats! we need these lyrics! Praise those among us, the Billy Jam's, the Poets named Jim aka Jim the Poet aka Jim the POET i told you, for delivering to us fiends, said beats and lyrics! WFMU
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 12/20/19 7:40pm Smilty69:

Good evening, Billy Jam and fellow Hip Hoppers!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Fri. 12/20/19 7:47pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Good evening, Billy Jam and good people.
Avatar Fri. 12/20/19 7:48pm Billy Jam:

hey Smilty69 thanks for tuning in - @mb - yes they are + they've been bubbling up and getting overhyped all year @TRWNN - thanks - HELLO KEN hyde Park
  Fri. 12/20/19 7:50pm Tall Paul:

Great tune always good to hear Female MCs repping
Avatar Fri. 12/20/19 7:50pm Jim the Poet:

Yeah that was awesome
Avatar Fri. 12/20/19 7:50pm Billy Jam:

preach Preach preach
Avatar Fri. 12/20/19 7:52pm Jim the Poet:

Great show Billy
Avatar Fri. 12/20/19 7:52pm Aaron Hali (Mike Craycraft):

This has been a great flocking show! Thanks Billy, enjoy Dooblin...good luck with customs upon reentry;)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Fri. 12/20/19 7:52pm chris:

damn good selections. what a year for hip hop. thanks, billy Jam and Jim the Poet. merry happy, everyone!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Fri. 12/20/19 7:54pm chresti:

Thanks Billy & Jim the poet!
the dark time of year-ideal for listening to music, happy winter !
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 12/20/19 7:54pm mb:

Check out Freddie Gibbs on Tiny Desk concerts, ya'll. He has el Michels Affair backing him. Top shelf live hip hop.
Avatar Fri. 12/20/19 7:54pm Aaron Hali (Mike Craycraft):

Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 12/20/19 7:56pm mb:

Shout outs to Billy Jam in the motherland. Love these Best of the year comps. Big ups Jim the Poet! Have a merry merry.
  Fri. 12/20/19 7:56pm Tall Paul:

Bill great gift for everyone DJ Quest Happy Christmas to everyone wishing you all a great one
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Fri. 12/20/19 7:57pm listener 126464:

Thanks for keeping me clued in, again. Have fun Billy Jam & Tall Paul! Thanks JTP!
Avatar Fri. 12/20/19 7:58pm Billy Jam:

shout out to all tuned in today - next week (Dec 27th) will be Part 2 in Best of 2019 - thanks Jim The Poet + shout out to Tall Paul, MEK, RiRa, Tu-Ki, Scope and all my Irish people
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Fri. 12/20/19 8:00pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Ruh-ro, did someone hand Jim the Poet a blank tape?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Fri. 12/20/19 8:01pm Ken From Hyde Park:

OK....here we go. Aright!
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