Friday, December 23, 2011

Donuts & Milk Top 25 videos of 2011

It's nearing the end of December and 2011 has almost come and gone. At this point you are all probably getting that last minute Christmas shopping in or trying to plot a strategic holiday break up with your significant other so you won't have to cash out on a new ipad or jewelry. Just saying...  What ever the case may be, I'm sure you all want to get that last morsel of rest in before you party the night away on new years eve. I've been kind of a recluse lately. Instead of raging I'm planning on hibernating through New Years eve in the mountains of Northern Arizona for three days hoping the world doesn't end. (laughs)... For all you night owls that will be waiting in line to go wait in line some more at your local alcohol dispensary, I'm sure you'll be hearing a few club bangers that remind you of all the great times you had through out the year. It's funny how music can take you to that reminiscent mode at the sudden drop of a familiar beat. It has been a great year in music, thats for sure. Some dynamic duo's along with quite a few break out artists. If you were to ask the D&M team what we thought were the best moments in 2011 they might fall in line with the list that you're about to check out. It might not be a list of club bangers and pop hits, but it would definitely be a list of dope joints that you can play in your local house party, dorm, subway, bus, or 2005 honda civic hatch back! KG, Drego, and myself got together to come up with a collection of what we would consider the top 25 videos of 2011. We're not god's gift to visual art or even critiquing music for that matter, but we do know what the definition of DOPE is. (more laughs)... This is a list we like to call the new hottness of the 2011 video world. In other words D&M's top 25 videos of 2011. Check it out and let us know what you think. If you agree cool... If you disagree then comment away.

25. Luke Christopher – The Social Network 

Luke Christopher's track social network came at a time when the movie social network was really buzzing. He uses the sample of the soundtrack to create a dope track and truly viral video.. hence the theme. Luke was somewhat of an unknown to me when I first saw this video and the next thing I know he's on a track with Asher Roth. S/O to Luke Christopher for kicking off the list.

who picked it? Swedberg

24. Nemo Achida – Nemotional

Nemo Achida's video Nemotional is his portrayal of every artists imprisonment of the consumer's demand. He says he is blindfolded through most of the visual to represent all the hard work he gives to his craft with no true guarantee of a flourishing future. Nemo is bringing #24 in with style.

who picked it? Swedberg

23. Madeon – Pop Culture

A.D.D. is a plus for this one. Madeon decided to do a live mash up of 39 different tracks to implement in his set. It turned out to be a pretty cool video and make #23 on our list.

who picked it? KG 

22.  Reks – 25th Hour 

Reks brings us in at #22 with classic Dj Premier beat. The edgy East coast visuals match the lyrical content perfectly. The blend of dope lyrics with focused film work almost make you feel like you are actually in the scene. What else would you expect from a video that was produced by the one and only Statik Selektah!

who picked it? A'Drego

21. Cee Lo Green – Cry Baby

How can you go wrong with a legendary singer / rapper / producer that has Urkel play him in a throwback theme video?

who picked it? KG

20. Wax and EOM – Coins

Wax and EOM... Fish eye lens, matrix green filter, super mario brothers sound effects, lyrical venom... not really much more needed to prove this is a top 20 candidate.

who picked it? A'Drego 

19. Tiron & Ayomari – What You Waitin On 

Tiron & Ayomari had one of the most anticipated projects this year with the release of A Sucker For Pumps. This video really kicked their year off right. Do you know how hard it is to do a single shot video while driving down the street?

who picked it? A'Drego

18. Homeboy Sandman – The Carpenter 

Besides being a ridiculous talent and unique mic skills, Homeboy Sandman also brings unique creativity to the video scene. The off set visuals in The Carpenter are as mind boggling as it gets. Big Ups to Homeboy Sandman for his new venture over at Stones Throw!

who picked it? KG

17. Danny Brown – Blunt After Blunt

2011 was a huge year for Danny Brown and his un-censored avant-garde style.  Danny Brown has always taken you on a abstract journey filled with adderall, bitches, and bars. This video give you a pretty good interpretation of what you may have imagined a day in Danny's world would be like.

who picked it? Swedberg

16. Machine Gun Kelly – Lead You On (live)

I've been a MGK fan for quite a while now. It's been really cool to see him get through the struggle and finally get his shine. There are only a handful of artists that have a true connection to their fans and a  loyalty to a movement like MGK does. This video hits that "reality" factor that truly connects with listeners. S/O to MGK... can't stop won't stop.

who picked it? Swedberg

15. The Weeknd – What You Need (Drego)

The Weeknd has always been know for a certain type of edge. The video for What You Need is a perfect illustration of that.

who picked it? A'Drego

14. The Black Keys – Lonely Boy

How many people do you know that can do the Carlton for three minutes straight? Case and point...

who picked it? KG

13. Stalley – Go On

Ohio's Stalley has had a HUGE year. The funky sound and stamping visuals for Go On made it to lucky number 13 on our list.

who picked it? A'Drego

12. G-Eazy ft. Greg Banks – Runaround Sue

G-Eazy's has had a break through year in 2011 with the release of Endless Summer and multiple national tours. His attention to detail and strive for perfection is second to none. The 50's throwback themed video for Runaround Sue is proof in the pudding. 

who picked it? Swedberg

11. RJD2 as The Insane Warrior - Water Wheel

RJD2 is hands down one of the best in the game. Sonically Water Wheel could hold your attention like murder mystery. Add creative visuals to the sound track and it's a master piece.

who picked it? A'Drego

10. XV – U.F.C 

The initial suspense of this video starts to get your adrenalin pumping. Just when you figure out the direction the track is about to go the drum hits with the introduction a sick throwback hook to create an energizing soundtrack to an equally energizing video. XV is sometimes overlooked as a dope talent, but this video is proof that he's a heavy hitter.

who picked it? Swedberg

9. Childish Gambino – Freaks and Geeks

Childish Gambino hit the ground running in 2011. His high energy and witty punch lines have bolted him to the top of his genre. Freaks and Geeks is another example of a creative single shot video. 

who picked it? KG and Swedberg

8. Styles P – Where The Angels Sleep

Styles P brought big screen production to a dope ass track from his War Music album. It really felt like a movie trailer to a Transformers sequel with Styles P as the soundtrack. 

who picked it? KG

7. Kanye West – All Of The Lights

Kanye teamed up with the legendary Hype Williams on All Of The Lights. Not really much to say when your video has over 59 million views.

who picked it? KG, Swedberg, and A'Drego

6.  Watsky – Stupid Ass 

The fact that the good folks over Ricky Shabazz and the boom bap boys could even imagine the concept for this video is amazing.

who picked it? KG

5. Beastie Boys – Make Some Noise 

The Legendary Beastie Boys may have had one of the most star studded music videos of all time. Seth Rogan, Danny McBride, Elijah WoodWill Ferrell, Jack Black, John C. Reilly, Ted Danson, Rashida Jones, Will Arnett, Amy Poehler, Mary Steenburgen, Jason Schwartzman, Rainn Wilson, Steve Buscemi, Chloe Sevigny, Maya Rudolph, Malin Akerman and Orlando Bloom just to name a few.

who picked it? KG, A'Drego, and Swedberg

4. Theophilus London – Girls Girls $ 

Theophilus London has been making a lot of noise this year. Girls Girls $ is an adult swim type of montage that really brings out the kid in all of us.

who picked it? Swedberg

3. Kanye West & Jay Z – Otis 

First of all, these are the juggernauts of the game. Secondly, they chopped a maybach up just to fuck around in a video! Lastly, the song is dope.

who picked it? KG, A'Drego, and Swedberg

2. Tyler, The Creator – Yonkers

If any of you have followed the game this year you know that the Yonkers video was at least going to be in the top 5. I'm pretty sure this was probably the most talked about video of the year. This visual launched Odd Future into a global phenomenon and then it was game on for the OFWGKTA crew.

who picked it? KG, A'Drego, and Swedberg

1. Blu ft. UGod – Doinnothin 

Is this really that surprising to any of you? Blu is the truth. That's it.

who picked it? Swedberg