[Staff Lists] The Come Up Show’s Favorite Verses of 2010
A whole wack of 2010's best verses dropped in the last quarter of this year, many from Kanye West's star studded and high-stakes G.O.O.D Fridays free music series campaign, and others simply because the period from August to November is music's most wonderful time of year. Each year, a dump truck of new material sorta floods the music world during this time, overwhelming our ears with incredibleness just before it's time for critics to make their lists and check them twice. It's easy (or easier) for us all to get blinded in the year-end flurry and forget about all the really great stuff that happened in the first part of the year. Some critics take notes throughout the year to keep track of the stuff they really liked, and others, less organized (like us), spend hours upon hours digging just before the deadline to make sure nothing is missed, hear the stuff they may not have had a chance to, then decide how it all washes out. Jay Electronica's "Exhibit C" needed no re-calling because it stood out for us since the very beginning of 2010, although in the end, this track misses the 2010 cut off by weeks. (Unfortunately, since the year-end lists for '09 would have already been submitted by the time of its release, that lyrical gem is forever caught in a critic-less pothole). Other honorable mentions for 2010 include Tyler, The Creator's verse from "Sandwitches", a crash-digest of what shot OFWGKTA into the fringes of superstardom this year, including their juvenile fixation with rape, skateboarding, and violence. And Yelawolf's performances on both his breakout "You Aint No DJ" (Big Boi) and break-in "Hometown Hero Remix" (with Big K.R.I.T), are perfectly pointed examples of why Gadsden, Alabama now has a big fat pin on the rap map. Naturally, a couple of our selections cross over with our winners for The Best Lyricists of 2010. Yet whereas that list focused more on overall lyrical performance throughout the year, The Come Up Show Favorite Verses of 2010 is a celebration of particularly outstanding musical moments that shine a little brighter than the others. We Present: The Come Up Show's FAVORITE VERSES OF 2010!