246Mixtapes’ Best Of 2014
Good-bye to 2014 ! Thanks for the awesome moments, memories, and -of course- music ! Here are the compilation of the best picks, in my opinion, that stood out above the rest – with some honourable mentions. Check out our first “Best of..” list below.
Video Of The Year: Anything Too Hard – John Yarde
Gospel artiste John Yarde’s moving visuals for Anything Too Hard is my video of the year. The Plan A Productions -in association with Daedream Entertainment – directed video perfectly conveys the message of the song: there are no limitations to the power of God. And it’s hard not to get misty eyed with the clip of Chris Rouse, who the video is dedicated to, speaking at the end.
Honorable mentions: Bajan Wuk – Brutal x Raine Seville, Survival (Acoustic) – Matt Cruz feat Shane Free, Who Drinking Rum (Come Out to Win) – King Bubba FM, No To Guns x Shower Me With Your Love – Peter Ram, Breakaway – Fuhnominon, Running – Gallest.
Riddim Of The Year: Flow Riddim – Craigmatic Productions
The Craigmatic produced Flow riddim has been in constant rotation since its release a few months before summer. The production featured three of the biggest dancehall songs this year with Brutal Crankstar and Raine Saville’s “Bajan Wuk”, Lead Pipe’s “7.82” and “Its My Life (FWPT)” by 10. ”Show Me the Money” by Ali G is pretty nice too. The riddim also features Dasilva feat. Saddis, Realist,Supa Star, LRG, and Silver.
Song Of The Year: Ride It – Stiffy
Plug in to all ! Stiffy’s ode to straddling was the stand out song of the year as it completely dominated the airwaves and parties. Breathing life back into the Aidonia’s two year old instrumental for “Pon Yuh Toe”, Stiffy goes into explicit detail about situations that wouldn’t be found in your typical Karma Sutra. You’ll never look at Squeezy the same again.
Honorable Mentions: eXOtic – Teff, Hold It Down – Gallest feat Shane Free, Imagine – Rhesa Garnes, Anything Too Hard – John Yarde, Bossman – Buggy, W.A.N.L – Nick Levale’, Every song in our Crop Over Top 25,
Mixtape/EP Of The Year: Intolerable Cruelty – Gallest
In a quiet year with regards to rap releases, Gallest’s sophomore project Intolerable Cruelty is the stand out mixtape. With an edgier sound than his debut In My Mind, the rapper doesn’t hold back when he waxes lyrical about his hustle, island life, and nepotism (“Might think that we living on handouts/Tired-ass sit down, I’m trying to stand out”) From the catchy and introspective “Cold World”, to the hustler’s anthem, and radio smash, “Hold It Down (feat. Shane Free)” , to the chilling “Pray (feat. Magazeen)”; IC displays a musical, and lyrical, growth that shows that Gallest has a bright future.
Producer Of The Year: De Red Boyz
Kicking off the year with their production on the smash “Big People Party by Farmer Nappy for Trinidad Carnival, the duo showed that it was quality over quantity for Crop Over 2014 as two of their productions “Pankatang” and “Bacchanal Road” won Sweet Soca and People’s Monarch respectively. Outside of the soca arena the guys were also featured on Boyz II Men and Maxi Priest’s respective new albums. They even picked up a nomination for Producer of the year at the International Soca Monarch Awards. Carnival 2015 is around the corner and tracks with Farmer Nappy, Kerwin Du Bois, and Destra Garcia are picking up steam, Mikey and Scott are not taking their foot off the gas.
Honorable Mentions: Craigmatic, Studio B, Platta, Monstapiece, Minim
Deejay Of The Year: DJ Puffy
Ruling the wheels of steel is none other than DJ Puffy. When the in-demand deejay was not rocking the airways of SLAM 101.1 FM he is playing at every high-profile event imaginable in Barbados and across the region – while documenting it all with his popular DREAM Vlog. Hey, he even deserved the Road March title this year as his remix of Porgie and Murda’s BenUp was played more than the original. Various endorsements and landing a gig as the co-host of BimROCK magazine’s Party ROCK section, saw young Andre Parris leading the pack for 2014.
Honorable Mentions: John Doe, Jus Jay, DJ Ras, Sheldon Papp & Level Vibes, Sizz
Artist Of The Year: Leadpipe & Saddis
How does the quote go ? It takes 20 years to make an overnight success ? Well Leadpipe & Saddis have achieved that in a much quicker time. After introducing themselves to the mainstream public last year with the buffoon-comedy series “Porgie & Murda” – and the song birthed from it “Condense” – the duo has debunked all thoughts of being a one-hit wonder. They more than answered their critics, by completely dominating the summer with their hits “Ben Up”, “Carnival Addiction”, “Take Mi Stress Away” , and “Ah Feeling” (which not to long passed one million views on YouTube). In between the numerous shows in North America, Canada, UK and across the caribbean; the guys are still gearing up for Trinidad Carnival 2015 where they should have similar success.Again, More Lead Pipe & Saddis, Less Porgie & Murda.
Honorable Mentions: Nexcyx, Gallest, Hypa Sounds, Ian Webster, Biggie Irie
Carlos Brathwaite is the Founder of 246Mixtapes. Follow him on Twitter.