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Best In Beats: 25 Songs From 2010 I Thought Were Adorable.

Posted in reviews. by Jason Mekkam on January 24, 2011

Photo Credit: Socks

Sidenote: I’d originally planned posting this list as well as completing the entire Best In Beats series about a month ago when all the cool kids were doing it. Yet alas, life happened depriving me the chance to finally complete the task until now. So given were nearly a month into 2011’s bosom, please forgive the tardiness. It will all be over soon though. Trust.

Music is cool. Good music is even cooler. But good music arbitrarily put into list form.. well now that’s polar bear toenail status right there.

Here is a list of 25 songs that should be most comfortably taking up megabytes on your iPod. And if not, you’re not cool. Which also means you have a Zune. Which thus too also means you never get laid because no self-respecting woman would ever sleep with a Zune owner.


Also because some artists this year decided to be on their ambitious super tough and grant us with crack music by the kilo (*cough* Yeezy *cough*), I’m only included one song per artist on this list so MBDTF and G.O.O.D. Fridays don’t take up the whole list. However, artists simply featured on tracks don’t count.. So that’s pretty much it. On to the list.

On you marks, get set, ROCK STEADY!



Best In Beats: 7 Things About Rap In 2010 That Need To Piss Off.

Posted in reviews. by Jason Mekkam on January 20, 2011

New year. New beginnings.


Gyms across the nation have already seen their average attendance drop rapidly as folk trade in triceps dips for chips n’ dip and that bench press for the leg rest.

New year’s resolutions for the loss.

While every Jan. 1 means nothing to me other than being one year closer to receiving medicare (yo btw if you looking for the hook up on vicodin/percocet in 2053 get at me), that doesn’t I’m content with status quo. On the contrary, I get annoyed easy. So here’s a look at 7 things in 2010 that made a brotha’s blood boil.


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Best In Beats: The Year’s Five Best Posse Cuts.

Posted in reviews. by Jason Mekkam on December 22, 2010

pos·se cut [ˈpä-sē ˈkət]

– noun: popular form of song in hip hop music that involves successive verses by four or more rappers

Rap is a contact sport. It’s birth outta late 70s MC battles made it that way. As a fan of the genre, arguing why rapper X is better than rapper Y is half the fun. With rap transformation into big business bringing about the death of the beloved pastime however, the one remaining medium in which to judge rappers in context is the posse cut.

Personally I love em’. When done right they excite. With Yeezy’s star-studded G.O.O.D. Friday drops and BET’s cyphers doing their part to increase the awareness of group lyricism, we at the Dollar’s Make Sense figure it fitting to do our part as well by taking a look at the best five posse cuts of the past year.

In order to be considered, songs had to fall under the following criteia:

1) Has to feature at least four rappers
2) It has to be an original track (no remixes)


3) It can in no way, shape or form feature DJ Khaled.

Because he’s an asshole.

As an added bonus we’ll also declare the best line as well was the overall winner.


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Best In Beats: 2010’s Eleven Dopest Hip-Hop Videos.

Posted in reviews. by Jason Mekkam on December 21, 2010

With the year just about done, it’s with great pride that I introduce Best In Beats, a cute little series showcasing the highlights the last 365 days in hip-hop had to offer.

In this edition, we take a look at the year’s best rap visuals. Unlike the majority of today’s hip-hop music videos showcasing the finest in rented cars/jewelry/women, these eleven picks don’t suck pickles.

For clarity’s sake, while the music itself is taking into consideration, the primary criteria for being included in this list first and foremost is based upon a video’s aesthetics, storytelling, creativity, and originality – as it should be. So no bullshittin (like in 2003 when Eminem was nominated for Video Of The Year at the MTV Movies Awards for his very basic Lose Yourself over the White Stripe’s far superior Seven Nation Army. I mean really, not to way off topic, but that pissed off me off like a ketchup stain on a crisp new Kirkland white tee. MTV stays on Eminem’s nuts super vicious and to be honest it’s always made me quite uncomfortable).

Anyways with that said, let the inane placing of other people’s creative hard work into a numerical hierarchy commence!


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You Get No Beats: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.

Posted in reviews. by Jason Mekkam on December 1, 2010

Oh you know what it is..

Time once again for another edition of You Get No Beats. By now you kids know the drill: I pick an album, choose line(s) off said album track by track and then spaz.

Finally I conclude by issuing said album a verdict of either Beats or No Beats.

Beats = Album is fire.


No Beats = Album is a bag of cold otter pops (but in the ‘being the literal opposite of fire’ sense; not the ‘mind blowingly delicious’ sense).

On the chopping block this go around is Kanye West’s My Dark Twisted Fantasy which dropped last week.

So without further ado, let’s get it in..


You Get No Beats: Man On The Moon II – The Legend Of Mr. Rager.

Posted in reviews. by Jason Mekkam on November 12, 2010

Full disclosure: The last time I wrote about Kid Cudi, as some of you may remember, I was a wee-bit critical of Mr. Rager. Ok I fib. I went in on dude. It happens. But that was a ways while back. Ancient Mesopotamian history if you will. My animosity towards Cudder following that horridly wack performance has long since subsided. All clean slates everything over here.

So with this we dive belly first into another episode of You Get No Beats., with the subject of today’s literary fuckery being none other than Cudi’s latest album Man On The Moon II – The Legend of Mr. Rager. For those just joining us, here’s a quick breakdown of how we do: basically I go through the album song by song, pick out a line that tickles my fancy, and talk shit.

Sexy no?

Afterwards I’ll issue a verdict of Beats or No Beats:

Beats = Album is dope like winning a free order of medium sized fries playing Monopoly at McDonalds.


No Beats = Album is wack like the chick behind the Panda Express counter that’s always hella stingy with the orange chicken. I mean damn yo it ain’t like I’m taking food out her kid’s mouf. For the life of me, I can’t consistently refuses to hook it up..

Anyways now that everyone knows the rules, lesssgo..