The gritty and violent tales from some of the most traumatized street rappers endlessly fascinate those who haven’t experienced that life. The genre-bending album has whiffs of Pop and Country, all while remaining undeniably Hip Hop. DaBaby, Lil Wayne and Tory Lanez brought their respective styles to the cut and only made it better in the process. Who would take his place after cementing such a trusted flag for the culture? There’s endless quotables throughout “Shots Fired,” but none are better than Meg’s quip: “You’re not poppin’, you’re just on the remix.” This, ladies and gentlemen, is how to write a diss track. This is Key Glock at his most boisterous without compromising himself. Have you ever spent the night up in the trap house? In a hectic 2020, it’s easy to overlook the incredible year had by Chicago’s Lil Durk. It’s as if “Clones” got a 24-year update. But most impressive of all is how Harlow still stands tall, proving he’s more than ready to compete alongside the heavyweights in the rap industry. Alongside his Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon album returning atop the Billboard 200, Pop welcomed French Montana into the world of Brooklyn drill for the grimy “Double G.” The 808Melo-produced cut sounds as if it could’ve landed on any of Pop’s earlier projects and just like every French anthem, the guest ends up stealing the show. Once again, Compton-bred rapper YG has used his power for good. Hotness. Busta Rhymes joins forces with Anderson .Paak again, balancing their respective baritone Jamaican patois-laced vocal style and high-register soulful rasps on “YUUUU.” It’s the second single from Busta Rhymes upcoming album. Every month, HipHopDX is putting a spotlight on the tracks that stand out from the overabundance of releases throughout the year, highlighting everything from Billboard chart-friendly singles to essential album cuts. Make sure you typed in your email correctly. After lacing the song’s opening with some attention-catching horns, Count transitions into a more relaxed mood to deliver his important sermon on why money is always better than exposure. From “doing robberies on Niken bikes” to the time he was “goin’ hard up in the paint,” the Atlantic Records artist gets candid about his bumpy road to success and admits he could’ve been just another statistic. But when the beat switches midway through the track, Jay Elec displays true vulnerability and laments his fear of criticism. This rush will give energy to the players and make them determined to play their best. Eminem recruited some of the best to ever do it — Black Thought, Royce Da 5’9 and Q-Tip — for an epic posse cut that stands out as one of the shining moments of Slim Shady’s surprise album Music To Be Murdered By. It’s a political track in nature but made more digestible thanks to the clever lyrics of rising lyricists Johnny Venus and J.I.D. era Nas and puts the exclamation point on his G.O.A.T. Follow Play. Freddie Gibbs and Alchemist’s surprise album Alfredo is filled with excellent music, but the soothing sounds of “Something To Rap About” make for one of the best listening experiences in Hip Hop this year. Paak offers the world mild sedative for their rage while keeping them on course to upset the bigger system. “Soul Food” sounded great the first time and its successor is a fitting sign-off to Logic’s career. In an unexpected collaboration of Hip Hop greats, Mr. Rager tapped the real Slim Shady for Cudi’s first single since the Travis-assisted hit “The Scotts.” Em pulled inspiration from a variety of pop-culture moments, including the COVID-19 pandemic, George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery and Drew Brees’ controversial comments. It’s a revealing moment that sheds light on why fans waited so long to hear his debut album. After releasing the music video for his single “Will,” which finds Joyner professing his admiration for Hip Hop legend Will Smith and comparing his own journey to Smith’s celebrated career, the man who inspired the song jumped on the remix. Benny’s mindset is clear in the opening bars when he raps, “Last year was bout’ branding/This year about expanding.” The Griselda movement was brought to life with. As Busta Rhymes mentions on the intro to the song, it’s been a minute since fans have heard from him. Bussa Buss and the multitalented Oxnard, Cali crooner’s nimble cadences to buoyantly color in the minimalist, midtempo track produced by Anderson.. We’ve known about the Wu-Tang Clan’s admiration for Buffalo up-and-comers Griselda since Raekwon’s feature on Griselda’s seminal album WWCD. 21’s verses are delivered in his signature cold tone, all while referencing 50 Cent’s classic “Many Men.” The slowly sang chorus is intoxicating and easily one of the best hooks 21 Savage has ever delivered. On his soothing protest anthem “Lockdown,” Anderson. Amine is proud of his flaws and even prouder of his heritage. Two years later, her creativity has only continued to soar, something evident on her latest single “Peppers & Onions.” Whimsical and upbeat, Whack uses the song to combat the COVID-19 blues and reminds everyone, including herself, to give themselves a break. Despite clocking in at less than two minutes, the track is filled with potent bars and stylistic flair. We saw snippets of his true artistry on Meet the Woo 2, but on the commanding Shoot For The Stars, Aim For the Moon he ascends to new dimensions with full dexterity. Rico’s confident bars radiate as she pulls up to the club, rocking her brand-new crocs, knowing that everyone in the room wishes they could be her. The veteran rapper sounds legitimately surprised at how far he’s come in his life and career and John Legend’s vocals only add to the power of the song. “Wishing For A Hero” takes on the same tenor and piano loop that made Tupac’s “Changes” a resonating reminder of how much truly hasn’t changed even in the face of optimism. His trademark laidback style with plentiful witty punchlines dazzles over the mellow piano-laden cut until he sprints his bars three-quarters through the track to match the intensified beat change. Music Chart For Fast Growing Popular Music of Both Independent and Mainstream Artists. Whenever Nas puts anything out, it’s going to be heavily examined and scrutinized — after all, he’s one of Hip Hop’s greatest, right? ... ©2020 Hearst Magazine Media, Inc. The demise of Slaughterhouse was unfortunate for Hip Hop, but Joell Ortiz and KXNG Crooked reminded fans of why the supergroup was special with the release of their “H.A.R.D.” single. “Everybody playin’ dumb/The sum of all fears, it appears to have the general public numb,” Daddy Fat Sax spits over the Organized Noize production. The soft, melodic keys from AXL Beats contrast nicely with staccato bars. Sa-Roc and Black Thought’s collaborative relationship began on a whim when The Roots frontman unexpectedly called her onstage for an impromptu freestyle during the A3C conference in 2011. The ongoing Black Lives Matter protests sparked by the police killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor have inspired music from plenty of rappers. “Carefree” delivers a catchy hook, clever bars and a smooth instrumental. Curry fits seamlessly on the track, particularly while rapping on the sparse section of the beat featuring nothing but hand claps. One of the best tracks from Savage Mode II, “Many Men” is captivating from the moment Metro Boomin’s “Metrooooo!” tag rings out in the opening seconds, preceding a dark and lilting beat that drags perfectly, just behind tempo. As a Black man targeted by the law, Von knows the realities of incarceration and its complications, whether you’re convicted or released. Although Russ dubbed this track an interlude, it can stand on its own without question. Killer Mike’s “you watch the cops choke out a man like me/Until my voice goes from a shriek to whisper, ‘I can’t breathe'” lyric was recorded as a reference to the late Eric Garner yet accurately described Floyd’s murder despite his death occurring just one week before the track was released. Instead of calling out Donald Trump like he did with 2016’s “FDT,” now he’s taking aim at corrupt police with “FTP (Fuck The Police).” Again, timing played an integral role in the unharnessed power of the track. Here comes Detroit’s Sada Baby to answer that question. Here are 10 hype songs sure to whip you into a frenzy. Beyoncé not only hopped on the remix, she also provided multiple rap verses, adlibs over the hook and new melodies to take the song to the next level. Cordae puts his lyrical skills firmly in the spotlight on “The Parables,” telling several tiny tales about some of his worst moments as he was starting to navigate his burgeoning career. Check out our other lists below and follow our playlist, which includes all of the songs mentioned in this article: For your listening pleasure, here is HipHopDX’s Best Rap Songs of 2020 … so far. Burgeoning lyricist YBN Cordae enlisted the help of Roddy Ricch for a conscious, victory-lap of the two generational rappers called “Gifted.” The two 20-something-year-old rappers trade bars about their newfound success — and the jewelry and girls that came with it. . Despite Griselda not coming up in the city that never sleeps, the Buffalo collective’s sound obviously draws from late ’90s and early ’00s New York rap as a chief influence. As one of the rising stars from the streets of Chicago, he bears the responsibility of living up to the hype he’s been building the past few years, while also staying true to his roots. but also make her acting debut. When Pop Smoke was murdered, it left the fate of Brooklyn Drill uncertain. The Griselda Records capo and Gangsta Kane reconnect for their second collaborative track of the year “One Way Flight” from his Burden Of Proof album produced by Hit-Boy. What if early pop-rap such as Tag Team’s “Whoomp (There It Is)” and Young MC’s “Bust A Move” weren’t so cheesy and instead featured the grime of modern Hip Hop? “WELFARE” puts RMR toe-to-toe with Griselda’s Westside Gunn for a trap ballad. Nas is like a village griot whose brief allegories on “10 Points” urges listeners to pursue greatness with humility and patience. Even in his smoothest manner, The Dungeon Dragon can still break anyone’s neck with his unpredictable flow. In a hectic 2020, it’s easy to overlook the incredible year had by Chicago’s Lil Durk. status. Let's take a world tour, from the genre's beginnings in Chicago – in Chief Keef's gran's house, to be exact – to the streets of south London By Kyann-Sian Williams EP. On this song, T.I. Royce Da 5’9 dropping jaw-dropping verses is nothing new, but another rapper hanging with him on a song is increasingly rare. It sounds like the adult version of his children-targeted single “I Can” from his sixth album. Quotes By Genres. Below is a list of more songs from each month that we loved and still have on repeat. “Roots” is a self-affirming proclamation in the face of all adversity. Cudder aptly dubs himself the “leader of the delinquents” on the track as he reminisces over past drug abuse and failed relationships. State Of Mind.”. Megan Thee Stallion has been building her Hot Girl brand over the past couple of years and continues to grow into one of the most prominent new artists in the game. 2 February 2018, 16:26 Home / Overtime / 15 Best Hype Songs ; By Athlon Sports, 6/6/18, 11:56 AM EDT . Gunn’s belligerent adlibs paired with RMR’s smooth, soulful vocals make this track one of 2020’s best. Sa-Roc and Black Thought’s collaborative relationship began on a whim when The Roots frontman unexpectedly called her onstage for an impromptu freestyle during the A3C conference in 2011. Thanks to Timbaland's masterful use of drums and Keri Hilson's silky vocals, this track is well-deserving of its spot on the list of top 50 hip hop songs. The song marks the Rhymesayer MC’s first musical offering since January 2019’s, “I Do It” ft. Big Sean & Lil Wayne – Lil Wayne, “Angels Getting Pedicured” – Jadakiss f. 2 Chainz, “John $tarks” – Stove God Cook$ & Roc Marciano, “PTSD” – G Herbo f. Juice WRLD, Chance The Rapper & Lil Uzi Vert, “DEALER” (Remix) – RMR f. Future & Lil Baby, “R.I.P Barneys” – Drakeo The Ruler & JoogSzn, “Hollup” – 3ohBlack f. Moneybagg Yo, Tay Keith, “Deep End Freestyle” – Sleepy Hallow ft. Foushee, “Mr. Make sure you typed in your email correctly. Officer” – Tee Grizzley f. Queen Naija, Wrist Froze” – Bobby Fishscale f. Peewee Longway, “Jose Canseco” – Westside Gunn f. Stove God Cook$, “I Might Die For This While Y’all Playing” – Kemba, “Hot Damn Remix” – Blimes & Gab f. 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The trio gets to bar out while referencing everything from pro wrestling and Patrick Kane to moving from drug deals to Roc Nation brunches. Although Noname later expressed regret for issuing this response to J. Cole’s perceived “tone deaf” single “Snow On Tha Bluff,” the Chicago rapper seized her moment and murdered the Madlib-produced beat while setting the Dreamville boss firmly in her crosshairs. may have been a bit overcrowded, but that shouldn’t diminish the value of “My Window,” his collaborative track with New Orleans legend Lil Wayne. “WELFARE” puts RMR toe-to-toe with Griselda’s Westside Gunn for a trap ballad. Drake’s style is a bit more laid back nowadays but there was a time when the artist wrote some pretty great hype rap songs. Key Glock has. reflects on his journey and pays an emotional tribute to his late friend. The posse cut features Juicy J’s production, which proves he’s still a master of the vintage Three 6 Mafia sound. The song sees the Cleveland-bred artist delving deep into his psyche while battling his inner demons. The collaborations between Run The Jewels and Rage Against The Machine’s Zack de la Rocha have been some of the best parts of RTJ’s albums … and RTJ4 is no different. Overtop The Alchemist’s stingray guitar loops, Gangsta Gibbs literally raps his way out of a paranoia-driven psychosis to emerge as Hip Hop’s top draw this year. Dark production from Daringer and Beat Butcha underscores Conway and Method Man’s hustle raps and shit talking. Shake bends genre’s on this track mixing R&B vocals with pop hooks and memorable melodies. Below is a list of more songs from each month that we loved and still have on repeat. She does it again with “Own It,” a song that blends her sugar trap roots with more traditional trap beats. Leave a Reply. Whenever Nas puts anything out, it’s going to be heavily examined and scrutinized — after all, he’s one of Hip Hop’s greatest, right? The flex lines fire off like a Mac-11. A comeback in Hip Hop is never promised, even if you are prominent of the greatest group to never officially do it. Goodie Mob made their triumphant return with Survival Kit on October 30 and in the process, reunited several members of the revered Southern Hip Hop collective, the Dungeon Family. Have you ever spent the night up in the trap house? After three years off, Big Sean uses his new single “Deep Reverence” to reflect on squashing beef with Kendrick Lamar, his struggles with mental health and Nipsey Hussle’s death. Eminem recruited some of the best to ever do it — Black Thought, Royce Da 5’9 and Q-Tip — for an epic posse cut that stands out as one of the shining moments of Slim Shady’s surprise album, Following a self-imposed hiatus, wordplay wizard Aesop Rock reemerged with “Rogue Wave” earlier this month, yet another verbose offering in his expansive catalog. If her status wasn’t already cemented before, a fellow Houston native sealed the deal for Meg. Between nationwide protests and coronavirus quarantines, there is no doubt that 2020 is unlike any other year in history. YoungBoy is an expert in crafting a catchy hook and he doesn’t disappoint on “My Window.” When he’s not crooning, he’s sending metaphorical shots at his doubters. On the powerful single “Thought vs. Everybody,” Black Thought personifies the rage and fire that burned in several of America’s major cities during the Black Lives Matter protests before and during this Summer of Discontent. From “doing robberies on Niken bikes” to the time he was “goin’ hard up in the paint,” the Atlantic Records artist gets candid about his bumpy road to success and admits he could’ve been just another statistic. Benny’s mindset is clear in the opening bars when he raps, “Last year was bout’ branding/This year about expanding.” The Griselda movement was brought to life with. Eminem recruited some of the best to ever do it — Black Thought, Royce Da 5’9 and Q-Tip — for an epic posse cut that stands out as one of the shining moments of Slim Shady’s surprise album, Following a self-imposed hiatus, wordplay wizard Aesop Rock reemerged with “Rogue Wave” earlier this month, yet another verbose offering in his expansive catalog. Westside Gunn’s “George Bondo” might just be the quintessential Griselda Records song. The posse cut features Juicy J’s production, which proves he’s still a master of the vintage Three 6 Mafia sound. She finally spoke out during an Instagram Live session, calling out Tory for shooting her and his inanely immature response. When Pop Smoke was murdered, it left the fate of Brooklyn Drill uncertain. Glizock’s authenticity is one key to his rise; the other coming from how lively he makes his grim tales of detachment sound. All Instagram followers of Migos and Youngboy Never Broke Again know they love their big toys, so it comes no surprise they joined forces for some 2020 “ryder music.” Enter “Need It,” which owes its production touch to the 50 Cent sample of 2005’s “Get In My Car.” Over the high-powered Buddah Bless beat, the four Southerners let their diamond-encrusted lyrical flexes hit just as hard as the track’s thumping bass guitar. Gunn’s belligerent adlibs paired with RMR’s smooth, soulful vocals make this track one of 2020’s best. Curry fits seamlessly on the track, particularly while rapping on the sparse section of the beat featuring nothing but hand claps. The pulsating bass line, scintillating horns and chimes match the Queensbridge legend’s enlightening manifesto. The Fresh Prince tells his story over the beat while shouting out all of the people who inspired him along the way, from Muhammad Ali to his wife Jada. Hopefully, this is just the first of many more songs from this trio. 3 hr 11 min Duration. The masked singer proved that he’s worth the hype on his debut album DRUG DEALING IS A LOST ART. A closing verse from Thugger is the finishing touch on this truly enjoyable track. The song sees the Cleveland-bred artist delving deep into his psyche while battling his inner demons. It’s a political track in nature but made more digestible thanks to the clever lyrics of rising lyricists Johnny Venus and J.I.D. IDK served as the music supervisor on Kevin Durant’s Showtime documentary. Amid all the social commentary, the Gangsta Boo-assisted “walking in the snow” proved to be eerily prescient. Although Noname later expressed regret for issuing this response to J. Cole’s perceived “tone deaf” single “Snow On Tha Bluff,” the Chicago rapper seized her moment and murdered the Madlib-produced beat while setting the Dreamville boss firmly in her crosshairs. On his soothing protest anthem “Lockdown,” Anderson. His collaboration with Chief Keef “Bands In Da Basement” continues to showcase this talent, rapping about his preference for keeping money anywhere but the bank. Following a self-imposed hiatus, wordplay wizard Aesop Rock reemerged with “Rogue Wave” earlier this month, yet another verbose offering in his expansive catalog. “Break Bread” puts his wisdom on full display as the veteran rapper/producer explains why “likes and views will never get you fed,” urging artists to always get paid for their work. Chart of the current best selling top rap and hip-hop tracks on iTunes last updated: Friday, December 11 2020, 4:04 am Pacific Time. Given the way Freddie Gibbs has been Deebo’ing the rap game in 2020, it’s only right the bluesy yet cocky “Skinny Suge” is his new national anthem. Peggy’s new version maintains the original production but replaces his second verse with an excellent effort from Zeltron. Explore Charts Playlists and Mixes of Alternative Top Songs in All Genres and Find Your New Favorite Song! IDK served as the music supervisor on Kevin Durant’s Showtime documentary. After three years off, Big Sean uses his new single “Deep Reverence” to reflect on squashing beef with Kendrick Lamar, his struggles with mental health and Nipsey Hussle’s death. To these wannabe hustlers, selling drugs, dodging bullets and shooting Glocks would be “so lit, bro,” leaving them wishing they could live out their gangsta fantasies. and slipped a new song, “495,” into the film. Burgeoning lyricist YBN Cordae enlisted the help of Roddy Ricch for a conscious, victory-lap of the two generational rappers called “Gifted.” The two 20-something-year-old rappers trade bars about their newfound success — and the jewelry and girls that came with it. but also make her acting debut. Tyler, The Creator’s guest verse is icing on the cake, adding a little extra flavor to this delicious, The collaborations between Run The Jewels and Rage Against The Machine’s Zack de la Rocha have been some of the best parts of RTJ’s albums … and. Lil Baby flowed effortlessly over the Twysted Genius produced track. “Everybody playin’ dumb/The sum of all fears, it appears to have the general public numb,” Daddy Fat Sax spits over the Organized Noize production. “My Power” showcases her innate songwriting ability, soulful singing voice and bars on bars on bars. The double time flows and frequent call backs are vintage Logic, allowing him to do what he does best one final time for his fiercely loyal fanbase. The very best of the Hip - Hop, Rap & Trap scene 2020! The two have always been elite lyricists yet what really makes The Heatmakerz-produced cut shine is Ortiz and Crook’s chemistry. Juice Wrld’s tragic legacy is challenging to grapple with. 7/9/2018 Last updated. 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