Sunday, January 3, 2010
The Best Song I've Heard All Year
Reflection Eternal ft. Jay Electronica, J. Cole and Mos Def- Just Begun
The new Reflection Eternal mixtape is great if you're into that kind of thing and for my money this is the clear highlight carrying the vibe of an all-star roster goofing off during a shoot around. The scarily consistent Mr. Electronica is the winner here in a tight field, he picks up a City vibe for the occasion but stays all contemplative in loosely strung together digressions laced with eclectic imagery and vaguely Arabic reference as he tends to. His charisma and comfort is off the charts right now. I was told by a trusted friend the other day that Jay-Z is no fool and J. Cole's Warm up Mixtape is essential listening so I'm grabbing a late pass this evening. He's clearly excited to be here and comes with a young man's multi-multi syllabic heat and it's bookended by Blackstar, doing what they do. All strung over Hi-Tek in headwrap mode with a smooth horn loop. With all the great free music floating around 2010 is shaping up to be a good one for Hip Hop.