The 24 Best Songs of 2009...According to Courtney

I’m no expert here. I’m simply and honestly telling you the songs that I loved this past year - polls, charts, blogs, magazines aside. I avoided adding/removing songs just to reach some practical number, so there are only 24.

Here we go with the very subjective and biased Top 24 Songs of 2009!

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The Blakroc Sessions: Chapter Two

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In this webisode of The Blakroc Sessions, we get an in-depth look into Mos Def and his recording practices. Be sure to watch from about 6:09 to the very end — Mos Def lays down some absurd vocals. We also get a brief glimpse of the mastermind behind the Blakroc project, Jim Jones.

I’m not gonna lie — I’m in love with this project and am eagerly counting down the days until it comes out. It’s going to be amazing.

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Blakroc: The New Hip-Hop Side Project from The Black Keys, Dame Dash, Mos Def, & More

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Ohio blues-rock duo The Black Keys are currently hard at work on a hip-hop/rock side project known as Blakroc. The idea for the hybrid project actually came about after rapper Jim Jones and Roc-A-Fella records co-founder Dame Dash approached them. Featured on the upcoming album are some of the biggest names in hip-hop, including Mos Def, Wu-Tang’s RZA & Raekwon, Q-Tip, Ludacris, Pharoahe Monch, and more. They’ve been producing a series of weekly webisodes that have been generating a ton of hype.

Take a look at the teaser and tell me that this isn’t awesome:

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Mixtape Mondays: Kid CuDi and the Day 'N' Nite Remixes

What’s up everyone. We’re going to keep it short and sweet for today’s mixtape. Kid CuDi’s stuff seems to be getting played on every radio station across the country right now. So, I figured that it would be appropriate to post up a few remixes of his biggest hit, “Day ‘N’ Nite.” On this particular mixtape, there are 17 different versions of the song produced by people like Pitbull, Jim Jones, Trey Songz, Terry Urban, and of course Crookers.

Watch Jim Jones’ version below:

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