"I don't know art, but I know what I like." "There's no accounting for taste." "Opinions are like assholes." There's validity to each one of these statements, but that doesn't mean that anyone's going to agree with any feelings anyone else expresses about anything
on the Internet. And while hip-hop's reign as pop's lingua franca
is fading, people remain mad for rap, even if nobody can really agree on what rap is, or what's best about, or what's worst
. Gimme Noise could be a rap neophyte or an obsessive, stone-purist XXL
freelancer or Rick Rubin or Mark Ronson; in each case, the list below would be different, and in each case, somebody would find a reason to pile on and dissect and infer vociferously and just hate
. All of that will likely happen here, too, but maybe that's healthy - the fact that, you know, the very act of quasi-arbitratry year-end list-making is enough to raise hackles. It means that people care
. That they're listening and downloading and processing and rendering myriad personal judgments. Is modern rock, at this point, capable of inspiring such comment-box fervor? Are people really invested enough in guitar thunder in 2011? Hopefully we'll find out soon.
In the meantime, well, here are the 10 rap songs we couldn't get enough of this year. (Sadly, not including this
, which I just found on YouTube and almost makes up for that one bullshit Dipset reunion
single. KILLA CAM!)
Heaven help us all.