Motive would like to introduce you to a series of “Decade’s best” playlists that our editors have carefully picked for you to enjoy. Ten tracks, one per year, to take you through the best of each year’s trends and sounds. Here is Francesco’s:
I won’t lie it took me quite some time to select ten tracks that were in line with my personal taste but that would also represent and respect the greatness of this decade in hip-hop. A decade which is arguably the most important, or at least the most commercially successful, for the urban music genre around the world: it is important to remember that at the beginning of 2018 hip-hop surpassed rock as the most consumed genre in the USA.
I have symbolically chosen one of Drake’s first hits, “Over”, to start my selection since he has now become the most popular hip-hop artist on the planet, placing a track on the Billboard 100 for eight years straight and breaking numerous records with his most recent project Scorpion.
The playlist continues featuring Kendrick Lamar, J.Cole, Jay-Z and Kanye West who have set their name in stone crossing the hip-hop borders with critically acclaimed projects such as “To Pimp a Butterfly” or “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy”.
The second half goes to those artists who have taken the last five years of the decade by storm with new sounds, new voices and a tremendous amount of confidence such as Asap Rocky, Travis Scott and YBN Cordae. From the trappy-dark sounds of “goosebumps” to the incredibly solid collaborations on “Everyday” hip-hop saw a rise in popularity that is set to last for a long time.
Last but not least, I have dedicated a couple of tracks to some of my favourite international acts, in true Motive style:
“Papaoutai”, a unique blend of electronic synths and hip-hop drums paving the way for Stromae’s incredible storytelling about a kid growing up without the presence of a father figure.
And “Midsummer Madness” by 88rising, a posse ballad that has many of the Asian-American roster members come together for what has now become their very own L.A. festival outro hit.