by Sean Maloney
So I'm just gonna go out on a limb and guess that you've already read the kaiju-sized Year in Music issue and that I'm not spoiling anything by telling you that Starlito's Mental WARfare was my pick for the No. 1 local hip-hop album of 2012. Shit, if you've read this column at all in 2012, you knew I was going to pick 'Lito — the dude's a champ and one of the most consistently engaging artists in the city, in any genre, but especially hip-hop. Anyway, I wanted to take this week's column to link the fuck up on the year's best albums and their accompanying visuals. You know, for posterity and shit. Anyway, in case you missed it — which, seriously? — here's the Party & Bullsh*t album of the year, Starlito's Mental WARfare:
And in case you doubt me when I say the man is hyper-productive, Starlito just dropped Produced by Coop: The Starlito Tape. Because he might as well set 2013 on fire before it even gets here.
And now, on to the rest of the year's best parties and bullshits!
2. Gummy Soul - Bizarre Tribe: A Quest to The Far Side
Actually this is a solo project by Gummy Soul's Amerigo Gazaway, but what-the-fuck-ever — these dudes know I have mad love for the whole crew. And you will too once you pack this nugget of mash-up genius in your proverbial pipe.
3. Ducko McFli - Return of the Real
Ducko had a helluva spring, and this is the heater he cut when he got home. He's refining his sound, and I see big things coming together if the Mayans weren't right.
4. Jota Ese, Who's Pimpin' Who, Jota Ese?
Remember that brief week or so where this album was named after a local indie rocker? And then shit got weird for a minute and then everything was fine? Weird times. Good times.
5. Rio - Good Morning Dreamer
Besides producing a dope track for Tabi Bonney and Fat Trel that seems to have gained quite a bit o' traction, Rio dropped a hella adventurous record. What did you do this year? I wasn't nearly as productive.
6. Macro x Treekeeper - Welcome to Bohemia
I know I'm supposed to be talking about Welcome to Bohemia, but yo, did you catch Treekeeper's new track "me & u"? Holy shit, it's one bubbly piece of synthy slow-jam goodness.
7. Fyutch - Mr. Flattop
After an extended period of laying low, this Nashville native came out swinging with a club-ready tribute to youth and partying.
8. Classic Williams - re(FLEX)tions
Classic has always been a little rough around the edges, but this year's re(Flex)tions found him settling into a zone that fits really well — smooth, swirling, with a twinge of glitch, it's a post-club record for the late night set.
9. Petty 615 - Petty Presley
This was one of the years sleeper records — cats in the know knew, but it seemed like a lot of folks slept on Petty in the 2012. We should fix that next year.
10. Kaby - Seasonal Flavors
Kaby keeps on cranking out the roughneck party-trap and I, for one, am anxiously awaiting whatever he's got cooking for 2013.
And that's the year. Got a hot tape, dope show or cool video? Hit me up on Twitter or email music[at]nashvillescene[dot]com.