[Staff Lists] The Come Up Show’s Favourite Tracks of 2012

This is the category of songs you had on REPEAT so many times you lost count. It’s a day of age where you ONLY need a single to get the whole world following you. Just look at the itunes Store, singles are outselling albums at a ridiculous rate and most of the songs below are no exception.

A-Game ft Luu Breeze- Money Made Me Do It

This song is the definition of a HIT! Originally released in April, Twin brothers A-Game, artist Luu Breeze and producer G.Byer created a club banger to get wild to. I do have to give credit to Flow 93.5, I do think they had a big impact on this song creating a buzz. This was THE SONG in Toronto from April until the fall at least. A great example is when New Yorker Blogger Lowkey and Meka from 2DBZ visited Toronto and they HAD to find out who it was by. Adding to the buzz the homey Kardinal Offishall got on the remix and if that wasn’t enough Ryan Leslie also hopped on it.- Chedo

Blu & Exile – “A Man”

Blu & Exile always manage to make timeless music together, and this track is yet another addition to their extensive catalogue of modern day classics. Exile’s production is flawless, and Blu delivers some classic bars to complete the track.- M-Bomb

Kardinal Offishall ft. Shi Wisdom – “Mr Parker”


Perfect summer track. Nottz flips Jackson 5 into one of the catchiest beats I’ve heard all year, Kardi drops some solid verses, and Shi Wisdom absolutely steals the show on the hook. Perfection.- M-Bomb

Skyzoo ft. Open – “By Any Means”


Stumbled across this one from Theo vs J.J. about a month ago, and haven’t stopped playing it since. Skyzoo always comes correct on the lyrical tip, and Open delivers a strong guest verse. The production on this one is something else.- M-Bomb

Clear Soul Forces – “Get No Better”

These dudes go allllll the way in on this one. Some of the best chemistry I’ve seen between four emcees. The way they jump in after one another is really dope, and they drop some solid bars over Kankick’s infectious production. It don’t get no better!- M-Bomb

Kendrick Lamar feat. Jay Rock – “Money Trees”

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Have you heard that hook? This is a feel good track, and it also holds a lot of meaning in the story in good kid, m.A.A.d city. Kendrick is smooth as ever and Jay Rock kills it with a monster verse. This has the making of a being a timeless song in hip-hop, ya biiish.- David

Ab-Soul feat. Kendrick Lamar – “Illuminate”

Ab-Soul Interview on The Come Up Show

Ab-Soul shines on this track, he sounds confident and ready to make a noise, “I used to wanna rap like Jay-Z/Now I feel I could run laps around Jay-Z/Nas ain’t seen nothing this nasty/B.I.G. & Pac got it coming when I pass too/You got the mic, I ain’t the one you wanna pass to”. And you know you’re getting gold from Kendrick, every time.- David

Miguel – “Adorn”

Although I could have picked several songs as my favourite from the sleeper album of the year in Kaleidoscope Dream, Miguel got it all started with this funky and soulful single.- David

French Montana ft Rick Ross, Drake & Lil Wayne – Pop That

With Drake, Lil Wayne & Rick Ross in company, “Pop That” turned out to be a summer anthem for many. The supporting visuals may have not been the best but it only gained the song more popularity as it could also be heard on airwaves everywhere.- Mlav

2 Chainz – No Lie

Released as the lead single from his debut studio album “Based on a T.R.U. Story”, “No Lie” took over instantly. It’s no doubt that this was 2 Chainz year, whether it be for his features or his album, the man put in copious amounts of work. A nice verse from Drake on the track boosted the song even further.- Mlav

Kanye West ft Big Sean and Jay-Z – Clique

Being the fourth single coming off “Cruel Summer” this song stood out more than any other with Big Sean and Jay-Z each providing verses. This song was on repeat for a while. This was put together well with Hit-Boy on the production. Overall I really enjoyed the track.- Mlav

Wiz Khalifa – Work Hard, Play Hard

Wiz Khalifa 2050 Concert In London, Ontario
This should be Khalifa’s motto since the man grinds continuously. Released as the lead single from his second album “O.N.I.F.C.” this track was clearly a banger from the beginning. A catchy hook and production from Benny Blanco and Stargate propelled the song as Stargate also produced the beat for “Black & Yellow”. The song also reminds us to have balance in our lives in which we can all relate.- Mlav

Juicy J ft 2 Chainz & Lil Wayne – Bandz A Make Her Dance

2050 Tour in London, Ontario
Orginally released as a bonus track to his “Blue Dream Lean” mixtape, this song blew up unexpectedly becoming a national anthem, especially in strip clubs around the world. This track could be classified as one of Juicy’s best and my favourites. It was even turned into a game. Not Kidding.- Mlav.