It's 2016. You may be waking with a hangover, but we've got a soundtrack to help you get through what will surely be the only low point of your New Year!
This column has two goals:
1. To use the many tools available to us today to get some idea of what songs were really bubbling with "the people"—in other words, to insert some science into the process.
2. To contextualize that information, because raw numbers in a vacuum would have you thinking an anonymous rapper dropped onto a stellar track was hip-hop's next big rap star when he was more like an empty, tattooed vehicle for a dope beat and a hook.
The post is obviously intended to be somewhat predictive. There's also an element, though, that is cheerleading. Many of these songs might be flourishing in certain markets but could use wider exposure. They're tracks where the metrics suggest some forward momentum, even if the clubs and radio play don't reflect that. In December, I decided to dig a little deeper, and look for some unexpected and undiscovered future hits. These are mainly records with an outside chance, rather than mortal locks: Better to go out on a ledge in the New Year and see if we can't call some long shots.
Welcome to 2016's first edition of Bout to Blow: 10 Dope Songs You Should Be Hearing Everywhere Soon.