9. Nobody Speak - DJ Shadow feat. Run the Jewels
I recently quit my job, so I've got to be honest: telling asshats in power ties to shut up talking and then stabbing them with the haft of an enormous American flag is an experience to which I strongly relate. I don't know if I'd go so far as to shit on someone's children, but, hey, business negotiations can be robust, I've learned this week, so I can appreciate that more direct approach may have its uses.
DJ Shadow has a problem, and that problem is a short attention span. That's why, in the past, he has tended to listen to eleven or twelve songs at once, but only about six seconds of each, on loop. That's not how I choose to partake of the feast that is modern music, but hey, I'm sitting on a train in the rain listening to Biosphere sample the giant from Twin Peaks talking about doors or whatever so what the fuck do I know? Irregardless (yes, irregardless; you got a problem with that?) I appreciate the relative songiness of Nobody Speak - it's like instead of putting nine vinyls on his turntable, lighting up and talking to god Shadow just ... you know, wrote a song. Like, just the one song. He wrote one song, named it and then released it as one complete song. What a brave new world this is.
While we're talking about breaking new musical ground, can we just take a moment to remark upon the fact that El-P has appeared on a track where the answer to the question: "Who produced this track?" is not El-P. Killer Mike is the only dude here doing his normal schtick, and, to be honest, that's fine. That's good. We can all agree that Killer Mike needs to keep doing his normal schtick. Killer Mike's normal schtick is saving this fucking disaster of a world.
For reaching new heights of normalcy, and for portraying my fantasy, the imminent demise of a smarmy, out-of-touch businessman in a power tie, Nobody Speak is my 9th best song of 2016.