Monday, January 1, 2018

Wins & Losses

What a fucking year, huh!?

Man, I don't even know where to begin. On this final day of 2017, I sit in my mancave, listening to everything that came out this year, musically. I scroll back at photos, links, blog posts, and as I reminisce, I realize that 2017 felt like it lasted forever. Quite possibly the longest year, ever. At least for me. I felt like as a country/world/society, we've taken many L's lately and though I won't go into that tirade cuz that's not what any of us are here for, I will say we as a people needed good music more than ever, and I feel like we received that in 2017.

I usually type out a long, eloquent (at least I'd like to think they are) preface about the year before getting into my lists, but now, that's what I got a podcast for, ha. It's so much easier for me to ramble into a microphone as opposed to typing and spell checking my ass off, so with that said, I present to you, the 2017 Tubby Blog Awards.

Note: In the accompanying podcast (Episode 32, attached at the bottom of this blog), I give my reasoning behind some of my picks & lists, particularly the local categories.

I've been doing this for a minute now (this is like my 8 or 9th year doing this, possibly longer. I lost track) so if you've been with me here, before, then you already know what to expect. And if this is your first time reading my annual year end list, I'll tell you like I tell everyone, every year… This is simply the opinion of one man. Everyone has an opinion, but right here, right now, mine's the only one that matters, haha.

Oh yeah, a lot of the picks have links attached to them. Some of you aren't bright enough to figure that out on your own, so I thought I'd just tell ya. You're welcome. Let's get started.

Best Records of 2017
"Humble" by Kendrick Lamar
"Bam" by Jay Z
"Idols Become Rivals" by Rick Ross
"Moonlight" by Jay Z
"Movin Around" by CyHi The Prynce featuring Schoolboy Q
"Number One" by Portugal. The Man
"Closer" by CyHi The Prynce
"Amnesia" by Freddie Gibbs
"Bishop Shot Steel" by Conway The Machine
"Whatever You Need" by Meek Mill featuring Chris Brown
"444+222" by Lil Uzi Vert (Note: the fact Uzi is on this list & with a song referencing Jay Z, lets me know we are truly in our last days.)
"No Rush" by T.Pain
"Don't Skip This Interlude" by Keezy of The Sky Division
"8Teen" by Khalid
"Bullet Klub" by Conway featuring Lloyd Banks & Benny The Butcher
"American Dream" by Jeezy featuring J.Cole & Kendrick Lamar
"Passionfruit" by Drake (Don't act like you don't tap your fat sweaty feet to Passionfruit, man.)
"Unforgettable" by French Montana & Swae Lee
"The Weekend" by SZA
"Bodak Yellow" by Cardi B

Tubby's Favorite Rappers in 2017
Conway The Machine
Jay Z
Kendrick Lamar
CyHi The Prynce
Action Bronson
Freddie Gibbs
2 Chainz
Dave East
Rick Ross

2017 Worst Rappers List
Lil Pump
Playboi Carti
21 Savage
Baka Not Nice
Lil Yachty aka Doo Doo Canoe

Best Rap Albums/Mixtapes (full length projects)
444 by Jay Z
No Dope On Sundays by Cyhi The Prynce
G.O.A.T (Grimiest of All Time) by Conway
Culture by Migos (I wouldn't have ever guessed this in a million years. I know, I'm shocked as well.)
You Only Live 2wice by Freddie Gibbs
DAMN by Kendrick Lamar
Rather You Than Me by Rick Ross
The Heavens Will Help by Keezy of The Sky Division
4Eva Is A Mighty Long Time by Big KRIT
Wins & Losses by Meek Mill

Best Rap Verses of 2017
Hov's 1st verse on "Bam"
Kendrick's 2nd verse on "Humble"
CyHi's last verse on "Closer"
Lloyd Banks verse on "Bullet Klub"
Kendrick's verse on "Power"
Rick Ross 3rd verse on "Idols Become Rivals"
Black Thought's "Funk Flex Freestyle"
CyHi's 3rd verse on "Movin Around"
Lil Wayne's verse on "Family Feud"
Conway's 1st verse on "Bishop Shot Steel"

2017 Bricksquad List (Worst Rap Songs)
"Walk On Water" by Eminem featuring Beyonce
"Untouchable" by Eminem
"Magnolia" by Playboi Carti
"No Frauds" by Nicki Minaj featuring Lil Wayne & Drake
Any song by 21 Savage. Just pick one...

2017 Boner Jams (Favorite R&B songs)
"When We" by Tank
"LMK" by Kelela
"Body Talk" by Majid Jordan
"What We Do" by Rotimi
"Privacy" by Chris Brown
"Textin My Ex" by T.Pain featuring Tiffany Evans
"The Weekend" by SZA
"Unravel Me" by Sabrina Claudio
"Droptop In The Rain" - Ty Dolla Sign featuring Tory Lanez
"Sativa" by Jhene Aiko featuring Swae Lee

Favorite Album Artwork
(Click the title to see the cover. I got your back, bud... pause.)

Flower Boy by Tyler The Creator
G.O.A.T (Grimiest of All Time) by Conway The Machine
Teenage Emotions by Lil Yachty
Woodstock by Portual. The Man
El Gato: The Human Glacier by Gucci Mane
Blue Chips 7000 by Action Bronson
DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar
Pressure by Jeezy
Everybody by Logic
Culture by Migos

The LL Fool J Award (Biggest Losers of 2017)
Azalea Banks
Bow Wow (for too many reasons)

Tubby's Annual Deathwish List
Azealia Banks
Is Tyga still alive?
That one guy whose name rhymes with Ronald Dump
Whoever stood by and let Eminem put out "Revival" without speaking up

Top Podcasts
The Joe Budden Podcast
Brilliant Idiots
The Joe Rogan Experience
A Waste Of Time with ItsTheReal

2016 Guilty Pleasure Award
Lil Uzi Vert's "Luv Is Rage 2"
"Peak a Boo" by Lil Yachty
"Gucci Gang" by Lil Pump

Hottest Chicks In The Game
Beija Velez
Tiffany Haddish
Ayesha Curry
Jessica Burciaga

Tubby's Top 10 Creeper List (Hottest local chicks on social media)

Tubby's 1st Annual Fat Boy's Favorite AK Restaurants List
Thai Orchid (Anchorage, AK)
Glacier Brewhouse (Anchorage, AK)
Pho'natik (Anchorage, AK)
Pagoda (North Pole, AK)
Lavelle's Bistro (Fairbanks, AK)
Pangea (Anchorage, AK)

My Favorite Local Rap Albums of 2017

Back 2 Da East - Duckman
Crosswords - Inside Out (Madd Angler & Trinity Beats)
WhereToNow - Darius & Johnny Kohler
Rage City - Spoody
Back On My Bullshit Vol.1 - Lukie B

Best Local Rap Verses of 2017
DC The Savage's verse on "Some Mo"
Duckman's 2nd verse on "Wit The Shit"
Darius' 1st verse on "Legendarius"
Leak Leisure's verse on "Dreamcast"
Sean Van Camp's verse on "Cultural Awareness"

Tubby's Dime Sack (My 10 favorite local rap songs of 2017)
Some Mo - Alaska Boi & DC The Savage
Shut It Down - Loner Luc
For My City - Alaska Redd featuring Tayy Tarantino, Fleetwood Malone & Duckman
Wit The Shit - Duckman
WRKN4DAWEEKND - Darius & Johnny Kohler
Fresh - Double Dose
Tapped In - Duckman featuring King Coo & Philthy Rich
Blessed - Lukie B featuring Mevlano
YahYah - Leak Leisure
Switch Lanes - Galax-C featuring Choze

Chairmen of The Boards (AK's Hottest Producers in 2017)
Gunnah The Hitman
Trinity Beats of Inside Out
Mario Beats
DJ Allegiance
Raw Beatzz

Tubby's Top 10 Local Alaskan Rappers of 2017

Madd Angler


Double Dose

DC The Savage

Tayy Tarantino

Bishop Slice



Lee Jones

Note: Listen to #TubbysManCaveProject Episode 32 to hear my reasoning behind some of my picks & lists, particularly the local categories.

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