Team Captain: Devin P-B
Skin: Light (w/ freckles)
Chance The Rapper
“I used to tell hoes I was dark light or off white / But I’d fight if a nigga said that I talk white” – “Everybody’s Something”
2013 was a huge year in music for Chicago, and while folks like Fredo Santana, Lil Bibby, and Young Durk held it down for the streets, Chance the Rapper held it down for hip hop. Acid Rap spread across the Internet like wildfire and introduced everyone to the SAVEMONEY militia. Chance’s sound was refreshingly different, partly because of his unique delivery and vocal inflections, but more so because he wasn’t afraid to take risks. From footwork to fear, Chance painted a vivid picture of the situation in the Chi by juxtaposing happy-go-lucky tracks like “Good Ass Intro” with funereal songs like “Paranoia.”
“Down here it’s easier to find the gun than it is to find a fucking parking spot”
Dude was penning verses of the year on a mixtape. At 20.
I’ll be damned if Pharrell Williams didn’t hold it down for #TeamLightSkin this year! Let’s start with the fact that Daft Punk tapped him to work on Random Access Memories,one of the most anticipated albums of the year. The result – one of the biggest songs of the year, “Get Lucky.” And we can’t talk about hit songs of 2013 without mentioning “Blurred Lines.” Oh shit, Pharrell is on that too! The video? *Emoji Prayer Hands* By the way, those tracks held the #1 and #2 spot on the Billboard Chart — at the same damn time. In all honesty, I was going to make a list of songs P dropped this year to prove my point, but Complex beat me to it.
Pharrell has been a force in music for the past 21 years, and continues to serve as a major influence to the artists of this generation, just ask Tyler, The Creator. P is the Creator and Curator of Cool, and has apparently found the fountain of youth; so expect him to be running shit for team light skin for the next 21 years.
I heard Beyoncé dropped a new album this year. I’ve literally never listened to more than three of her songs in one sitting, but fuck it, I’m playing to win. The Queen Bey won 2013. Beyoncé is living proof that Del the Funky Homosapien is an idiot.
I guarantee if I walked outside right now and screamed, “I have two tickets to see Beyoncé tonight, who wants to go?!” I’d have a swarm of women (and probably some dudes) chasing me like I was giving out free cronuts. Three things ladies love: Beyonce, cronuts, and Cool James.
In March of 2012 I went with a friend to catch OFWGKTA at the Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC. Little did I know I was going to witness “The Return of Earl.“ Fast forward one year later, it’s my 2nd month working for Mass Appeal and I’m staring at Earl Sweatshirt and Blake Anderson on the cover of Issue #52 (shout out to Sagan Lockhart for the cover photo). It’s safe to say that I’m a little biased when it comes to Mr. Sweatshirt.
Earl was one of the few rappers who didn’t drop the ball in 2013 (no NYE, though). After building the anticipation for his major label debut in December of 2012 with “Chum,” followed by several amazingly weird trailers, Doris surprisingly exceeded expectations when it finally dropped eight months later on Aug. 20, 2013. (I say surprisingly because it seemed, at the time, like there would be no way for him to surpass the hype surrounding the project.)
On Doris, Earl mixes melancholy with honesty through his lugubrious lyrics. Tracks like “Sunday” sound similar to diary entries and at times are so forthcoming that I feel uneasy listening to them, like, “Dude, you know I can hear everything you’re saying, right?”
Openness and authenticity won in 2013, and Earl Sweatshirt was a champion of both.
I know you #TeamDarkSkin members are mad at this one! You fools we’re PRAYING that I didn’t pick him. If there’s one thing you dark-skinned dudes hate to love – and love to hate – it’s Drake. Yet you listen to all of his albums in secret and think Comeback Season is the best one.
In 2013 it was all about Nothing Was The Same. After releasing the album’s first single, “Started From The Bottom,” on Feb. 1 Drake put the radio in a chokehold for the remainder of the year. Although he waited six months to drop the second single from NWTS, “Hold On We’re Going Home,” Drizzy kept busy killing features and had his catchy hooks sunk into everyone’s subconscious. I can’t even count how many times I heard folks in the office humming “No New Friends.” Do I even need to explain how big Drake’s remix of “Versace” was for Migos’ career?
Remember that one time I told you the three things ladies love? Well, I left out Drake; mainly because that would have been too much for the lovely ladies reading this article to handle.
“What’s good ma? I was thinking about grabbing a cronut then going to see Drake and Beyonce at Barclays. Wanna join?”
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