Counting down my personal picks from 2007. Ready? OK.
10. Kenna "Say Goodbye to Love"
Mad late with my Kenna purchase, but I've been digging the jumpoff single for Make Sure They See My Face for a minute. It could be regarded as typical Neptunes fare, but it's a frenetic dancefloor burner, if you're into that sort of thing. [WWW] [SB]
9. Jill Scott "Wanna Be Loved"
While everyone was tripping over themselves quoting the lyrics to "Crown Royale", I was falling into this track, over and over again. If Jill wants to beast on a track, she can, but other times she lightly kisses it and it's just as effective. I really love this woman, [WWW] [SB]
7. Common "Misunderstood"
I wasn't terribly impressed with Finding Forever and I'm sure there are a lot of folks out there giving Common a pass because he's Common. But this track was the standout, point blank. Can't go wrong with Nina Simone, and Bilal kills it at the end. (Helpful hint: If you ever want to hear some new Bilal, just pick up a new Common album when it comes out.) [WWW]
6. Timbaland "Oh Timbaland"
What did I tell you about a Nina sample? According to my last.fm stats, I wore this song OUT this year, and I don't argue with last.fm, even when it outs me as the quintessential Madonna fan. [WWW]
5. Talib Kweli "Hot Thing"
I'll never understand why this song didn't get more love if only by virtue of it's clever video and Will.I.Am's involvement. It's the catchiest song Kweli has ever done and had me earning more than my usual share of questioning looks on the train, rocking out to my ipod... [WWW] [SB]
3. Erykah Badu "Honey"
Is it any wonder? This song is hittin' real hard in the SoulBounce community right now and for good reason(s). We missed Erykah and this track is funky and smooth. Oh, and "9th Wonder is a wizard..." [WWW] [SB]
2. Mary J. Blige "Just Fine"
I'm partial to almost anything that reminds me of Disco-era Michael Jackson. Mary kept it positive and upbeat without being saccharine. And have you heard it in the club? People. Go. Bananas. [WWW] [SB]
1. Kanye West "Flashing Lights"
The BEST song that came out this year that never got an official video. Sure, KRS-One dogged it out by saying it's not Hip-Hop (?), but at the end of the day, very few Hip-Hop artists are willing to go here musically. Neither a traditional club banger or gritty street anthem, "Flashing Lights" is on some future soul sh*t. Major props for featuring Dwele. That's the thing I like about Kanye, not many artists at his level of mainstream visibility continue to represent for the underdogs. People need to seriously stop napping. [WWW]