If there's one thing that we learned in , it's that hip-hop is definitely in good hands, courtesy of so many young and hungry stars. The beautiful thing about all the records that made tremors this year were the stark differences in sounds and content. Detroit MC, Tee Grizzley , won the streets over with his honesty and grit, while Lil Uzi Vert grabbed the minds of hapless teenagers grappling with their adolescence. Yeah, the Pi'erre Bourne-produced track was an earworm all by itself, but once Carti peppered the beat with his swagger, he milly-rocked his way into the hearts of the hip-hop world. Proceed with caution, because Carti isn't leaving the block anytime soon. A platinum plaque and a Grammy nomination later, being down and out feels way longer than a week ago. For a song that served as his first stab at production with an assist from Metro Boomin , 21 Savage came up with a multi-faceted gem that sticks out not just for its memorable hook and verses, but for its simplicity -- and the unexpected complexities within it. A deep, booming low end is offset entirely by a clean, uncomplicated four-note piano line that repeats throughout the track, which provides a kind of lightness to the menace of Savage's lyricism and delivery -- though even there he's less morbid and dour than his reputation would assume.
When the going gets tough, the art gets even better. Here, 20 of the year's baddest and boujeest rap songs. We emphasize: "of BUY IT. On the other hand, we've got this other runaway hit that sent the year-old soaring all the way to the top of the charts.
Led by the early release of their third album, RTJ3 , Run the Jewels set the standard for a politically explosive year in hip-hop. Throughout the first half of , the genre has lived up to the mandate as the musical force most likely to stick it to the new administration in America. On top of that, has already marked releases from the three biggest names in hip-hop. Amid a dazzling year, these are the best hip-hop songs of so far. There's something so fascinating with what Frank Ocean does rhythmically here.
Looking for a common thread for the best rap songs of , it almost seems more daunting than it really is. There is tremendous diversity there, so much so that it seems almost like they have nothing in common. But if you look just a hair closer, you start to see it. If his sometimes growling melodies can turn into subversive riot starters at his live shows, they can have the reverse effect when listening by yourself. All flexes. Flexing is all he wants to do now. Meek even tossed in some extra bars for Drake for the extended, radio edit of the track on the clean version of Wins And Losses. However, every so often we get a perfect synthesis of the past and the present. On the other hand, they keep Uncle Gucci sounding fresh and reinvigorated, infusing him with a bit of their youthful energy.