#YN 12 of My Favorite Songs of 2015 . Written By @Sicksteen_216

Christmas is here...

Dabbin Santa

Dabbin Santa

And I decided to get into the spirit and share some new music with you. All of these songs may not have been released in 2015 but this is the year I discovered the music. Not all of them are hip hop either, these are just songs I've come across this year and I haven't stopped playing them yet.    Let's jump right into it...

1. M.E.N. - Tink and DJ Dahi

I am a HUGE DJ Dahi fan, I love his beats and the feeling that comes along with his production. Earlier this year I was introduced to Tink's music and I began listening to tracks from her mixtapes and features. When I came across the song "M.E.N." (pause) I was instantly hooked. The beat is just relaxing, soothing and any time I hear it I mellow out. Tink wrote a great song as well about the fishy things men do. Although they don't apply to me, she made some good points. Overall, a really good song!

2. Stole - Anne Marie (Chloe Martini Re-Fix)

Chloe Martini is a very talented producer I came across this year and I began looking up all of her works. Not only does she produce but she does Remixes or 'Re-Fixes' of songs as well. The way she flipped the sound on this Anne-Marie track "Stole" caught my attention immediately. The beat just really makes the song come alive, the instruments she put together create the perfect ensemble. Anne-Marie did an amazing job on the vocals as well, her voice compliments the music to make a seamless collaboration. 

3. Oh My / Dis Side - Travis Scott and Quavo

Travis Scott really broke out this year, received a lot of attention, and released his album Rodeo. "Oh My / Dis Side" was one of the first songs I heard from the album and I was blown away. The first half of the song is crazy, the beat drops and sing song lyrics are really catchy. Add Quavo from the Migos ad libbing and singing along as well and you got a banger. Then... The beat switches up and you're introduced to another song and melody. It's crazy, the song switch thing isn't new but this is one of my favorite songs to use that approach. Travis Scott, Quavo, 2 dope beats, 1 song, epic. 

4. You Cant Hang With Us - Key!

I don't think this song is "new" so some of you may have been hip a while ago. I was scrolling Soundcloud this year and came across it and its still in the rotation. This one is a 'noahxzark edit' so its not the original, its slowed down and has some added effects. The chorus is dope it has that bragging, arrogant swagger you get when you listen to rap music. The beat is wavy, real smooth, you can just let it play and get lost in the music. 

5. Hollyweezy - Lil Wayne

A lot of people said Lil Wayne fell off and he would never get back to his prime level of rapping. Hollyweezy is a vintage Lil Wayne track and should answer any questions as to whether he can still make a dope song or not. Lil Wayne's beat selection isn't always great but he came across a dope beat this time. The piano keys, bass line, its a dope beat that also transforms as the song goes on and allows Lil Wayne to change his tempo. Lyrically, its crazy, Lil Wayne tells the stories of living in Hollywood and his hometown Hollygrove. The ups and downs of living lavish and grinding on the come up. To me this song lets us know, at least for now, he still got it. 

6. Wood Would - Young Thug

Young Thug is probably my favorite artist of 2015. I really got into his music and I think I understand it better so he's constantly in rotation. "Wood Would" is so dope to me because of the beat, its another great mix of originality and soothing, wavy sounds. Also, the format, the way Young Thug layers the hook, ad-libs, verse, bridge, its just dope. You don't hear a lot of artist put their songs together the way Young Thug does and to me its a breath of fresh air. 

7. Say It - Tory Lanez

When I saw the flier and the song title I thought this would just be another new hyped artist. So I listened to it but I was way off. The beat sample is godly, produced by Pop & Oak, they did an amazing job, Im still impressed. Add to that Tory Lanez ability to float over the beat and add a catchy melody to his hooks and verses and you got a banger. This is a song I've played back to back 3 times or more, its that infectious.

8. Milly Rock - 2 Milly

The waviest dance of 2015, the Milly Rock. Just like everything else on this list, as soon as I heard the beat, and the song format I was hooked. It has that 'NY sound' that has kind of gone away recently for more of a Southern sound but thats why I like it. When you see the video and everyone Milly Rocking it just has that New York look and feel that I've always respected. This one is like an anthem, it just makes you feel good when it comes and you want to have a good time. 

9. All We Need - Odesza (Troy Samuela Remix)

I honestly forgot how I came across this song but its still on my likes playlist on Soundcloud. Troy Samuela like Chloe Martini, does remixes to songs and the new beat gives the track a brand new flavor and sound. I love the edits made on the beat as the bounce and vibe make you want to dance or cool out whatever you feel at the time. Odesza adds soothing vocal sounds and a catchy hook to match and you have 3:18 of magic. 

10. Nevermind the End - Tei Shi (Saint Pepsi Remix)

Just like the last song I honestly don't remember where I found this one but it's still one of my favorite songs to listen to today. Saint Pepsi remixed the beat, I think the original is much slower but this one has a mellow hype sound. Along with the positive, uplifting lyrics its a song you play when you want to relax or let your mind wander. You can get lost in the sounds and the feeling of happiness that comes with it, you'll never want it to end. 

11. Wiz Khalifa - No Permission 

Wiz really caught me off guard with this one because he went away from his signature sound. This trippy, wavy beat reminds me of the beats he used to rap over in the Kush and Orange Juice and Star Power days. Wiz is one of my favorite artists because of the mood he creates when he hops on the right beat and adds his signature layers and vocals. No Permission is quick trip back to those days and I hope he's able to keep producing this sound on a more consistent basis. 

12. Things and Such - PartyNextDoor 

Originally titled 'Kehlani's Freestyle', I love this song for the honesty in the lyrics. The song sounds like a stream of consciousness, just someone sharing their thoughts about their relationship and life status. Unfiltered running thoughts and ideas, it makes me think about where I have been and life and where I'm going. Add to that a soothing melodic beat with a heavy bass knock.  It also feels good to know you're not alone if you ever stop to just question things. 

There you have it...

Thanks for reading along, I also posted the links to all of the songs so you can listen to them as well. Let me know what you think and enjoy your holiday season!

#YN Who Is The Hottest Rapper of 2015? by @Sicksteen_216

Twitter has a new feature...

and Yesterdays Nothing has taken full advantage of the opportunity. Now Twitter has a poll feature that allows you to collect votes for 24 hours between two different choices. Since we're always looking to find new ways to speak about hip hop and get the fans involved, we decided to do a bracket of the top 8 hottest rappers of 2015. Our twitter followers (about 15 thousand people) helped us choose the top 8 hottest rappers and we started the voting from there. The top 8 candidates are..... (Disclaimer- J Cole did not drop in 2015 so Twitter said not to add him.)

1 Future - The number one seed, his music has been everywhere all year, 56 Nights, Dirty Sprite 2, What A Time to Be Alive, every feature and project he touches goes crazy. 

2 Drake - The 6 gawd, Meek Mill destroyer and Hotline Blinger.. could easily be number one.

3 Fetty Wap - Whether you like his music or not, his buzz is undeniable, Fetty Wap has been all over the charts. 

4 Kendrick Lamar - Kendrick has been on fire this year and his album TPAB is a piece of art only he could put together, conscious and in your face lyricism not many are putting out right now.

5 Travis Scott - La Flame was buzzing heavy just in anticipation of his album Rodeo and he's been hitting major stages everywhere.

6 Young Thug - The Thugga has been dropping consistent bangers, visuals, and live shows and worked his way into the eyes of the masses while keeping an 'underground' appeal.

7 Big Sean - He dropped his album 'Dark Sky Paradise' earlier this year and many called it the album of 2015. He also dropped several dope videos this year which deserve attention. 

8 Chief Keef - 'Faneto' 'Earned It' 2 songs that have been going crazy along with his consistent projects and improved flow, some may be sleep but Chief Keef is doing his thing right now.

Now to the polls...

Round one went as everyone expected, the higher seeds beating the lower seeds by a considerable margin. The only upset of the first round was Young Thug beating out Fetty Wap to make it to the second round. 

Round Two...

Another round that went just as expected. Drake v Kendrick Lamar is a good battle but the 6 gawd has just been doing too much this year to lose. And although many people are coming onto Young Thug's music, Future is still running things. So it all came down to this, Future v Drake...

The Final Round!

The closest battle of the entire bracket! What a showdown between 2 of hip hop's juggernauts. It's hard to choose in either direction but I think Drake's battle with Meek Mill is what put him over the top. Not only did Drake drop 2 disses which lead to more memes and disrespect of Meek, but he also dropped his own music. 'IYRTITL' 'WATTABA' and his single 'Hotline Bling' all did crazy numbers.

If you manage to seemingly end one rapper's career, while continually to drop  hot music yourself, you deserve the title of hottest rapper of the year. Not to mention, Drake has everybody waiting on his upcoming album Views from the 6. If you can learn anything from Drake it would have to be 'Do Right And Kill Everything'. Big ups to Drake, Yesterdays Nothing's hottest rapper of 2015!

**Thank you to everyone that participated in our polls, if you have any suggestions send them via Twitter DM to @Sicksteen_216.**

#YN . How Streaming Music Platforms Are Changing Hip Hop by @Sicksteen_216

"Its the Wild Wild West..." -Jay Z

When Jay Z said that I thought I knew what he meant but over time I've gained a deeper understanding. Technology has changed everything in regards to how we listen to and obtain hip hop music. Even further, because the there is no one correct way to market music anymore, there are no rules. As far as the fans go, they have the biggest influence on the culture now in my opinion. It used to be radio and music videos as the two main sources to find new music and to know whats "in". Because of the internet, there are limitless ways to find new music and there are fewer gatekeepers around to tell you what to like. 

Streaming Offers A New Platform...

What Jay-Z and other forward thinking people like himself realize is that because the internet has made everything so open, someone needs to reel it in and make things easier to navigate. Yes, its great that people can find hip hop music anywhere but as a label or artist you don't want your music or brand to be scattered. You also want to be able to track the people who do you like your music and be able to connect with them.

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The New Standard...

I think that title is what Tidal (bars) is trying to accomplish. Along with other streaming platforms, they are catering to the consumers needs and the benefits of technology. You don't have to carry CD's around anymore, you can get music directly to your phone or computer. You have a library of seemingly endless artists and you can make your own playlists instead of having to listen to the format order of albums and mixtapes. 

The customization that streaming platforms offer is one of the biggest assets. People listen to one genre of music and we have different moods and artists we want to listen to at different times. Now you can have a playlist made to for any occasion. The large streaming library allows you to search and play songs that may just pop in your memory. CD's and other formats with a strict number of songs and order just don't allow that freedom. 

I think Tidal does a good job of taking this idea further by offering exclusive content. The number one thing you have to combat the millions of options and instant availability the internet offers your competition, is having exclusive rights. Tidal offers you interviews, music videos, and even concert tickets to the biggest artists there are today in hip hop and other genres. That is a major draw to consumers, especially after seeing footage from any of the Tidal events. These are shows that you only get one chance to see and you only have one way to get access. 

Like Jay-Z said, "It's the Wild Wild West." There are no rules we are all trying to learn our way in this new digital era. However, streaming hip hop music has staked its claim as the new standard in finding and listening to new music. 


(I asked my followers what they thought about streaming services and their responses are below. S/O to everybody that participated. Follow me on Twitter @Sicksteen_216.