TOPPA TOP ’17: THE BEST SOCA SINGLES OF 2017

17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 1

16. Black Shadow feat. Rupee, “Tipsy”

Rupee x Black Shadow - Tipsy (2017 Soca)

Rupee, one of soca’s great vocalists, returned to form in 2017 on a sublime production from Black Shadow, the Miami-based production team best known for Sean Paul’s “Gimme the Light.” With mellow vibes more suited to off-season limes than peak Carnival time, “Tipsy” stood out with its seamless blend of soca, dancehall, R&B, EDM and pop — territory Rupee carved with “Tempted to Touch” over a decade ago. — Jesse Serwer