First impressions are very important, in my opinion. When I meet someone for the first time, after making small talk, I dive right into the deep question of "so what kind of music do you like?" Although I do not choose friends based on their music preferences, I have come to realize that the people I connect with the most from the get go are not people that enjoy the same artists and songs that I enjoy, but people who are just as passionate and willing to talk about music as I am.

As my first article as a publisher for Epitonic, I thought it would be fun to create a playlist that features my favorite hip hop songs from this year. Hopefully this collection of songs will help introduce me as a person, and lover of music.