5. TT The Artist feat. DDm, 'Elevator' (self-released)

Producer Mighty Mark and MCs TT The Artist and DDm, three of Baltimore club and hip-hop's young up-and-comers, show they can do old-school house as down, dirty, and ass-flattening as artists with two or three decades on them. Over a colon-rumbling bassline, TT and DDm deliver a scowling series of dressing-downs: "Get off my elevator bitch, don't push my buttons." And for its four decadent minutes you feel like you can actually afford rent, pay the BG&E bill, and get Xmas gifts. Everybody can't be famous, bitch. (BM)

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