Here are the WEEKLY Top Hip Hop Songs (or Top Rap Songs – whatever you want to call them) as of August 1, 2011 that I selected for the people. The thing is, I could have easily made a list of my Top 50 or even 100 since I only did one top songs post in June. I plan on doing at least four posts (one per week) with the top songs of the week for the people. I know that there were a lot of songs that I missed, but I had to narrow it down to a top ten based on a number of different factors including – whether the song has a video, whether the song is a single, whether the artist has an album out, etc. If you want to check out last month’s list read more here: “Top Rap Hip Hop Songs July 2011.”
Additionally, I did my best to diversify based on artists. I know a lot of people don’t like Gucci Mane and if I was making a list entirely for myself, I would have included a few more songs from him on here. I do have a couple songs including Kendrick Lamar, but as of late, he’s been an MVP in the game. The reason that I put the Drake song that was just released up at the top is because it’s that good.
1. Headlines – Drake (prod. Boi-1da)
What more is there to say about this latest leak from Drake with production from Boi-1da other than its amazing? If you’re a Drake fan, you’ll easily be able to tell that this single will do really well on the charts. Although “Marvins Room” was a good predecessor to this track, this one definitely outshines his first single. The last time Drake and Boi-1da linked up, they made the song “Over” which I thought was also a banger. Be on the lookout for Drizzy Drake’s upcoming “Take Care album.” I’m hoping that it’s better than his initial release because I didn’t really like “Thank Me Later” nearly as much as “So Far Gone.”
2. Against The Bottom – Grieves
Grieves is an artist on the Rhymesayers label and they always go for quality and realness above all when it comes to making music. This track “Against The Bottom” has a video to accompany it – which I linked to. It’s off of Grieves’ album entitled “Together Apart.” The reason that I put this song up so high at number two is simply because it deserves it. It’s an amazing song from a real artist that deserves more exposure and coverage. If you don’t feel any emotion when listening to this song, you need some help because this is realness at its best. Also I could have easily included the song “On The Rocks” on this list, but I figured I’d save it for next week.
3. 15th and the 1st – Gucci Mane & Waka Flocka Flame (feat. YG Hootie) (prod. Southside)
I’m a huge fan of Gucci Mane and Waka Flocka Flame – for me I listen to them more than most artists on my playlist because they make good music. No they’re not lyrical, but they are a lot more creative than most people give them credit for. I don’t like people dismissing their abilities without having actually listened to their respective catalogues. Southside is a beast on the production and you can expect this song to be the second track on their “Ferrari Boyz album.” I listened to the entire album last month and they came up with some really banging street music. Make sure you check it out on August 9th and see what you think.
4. Rigamortus – Kendrick Lamar
Kendrick Lamar dropped easily one of the hottest albums of the year without questions. This track got a major cosign from Pharrell in the studio. With that said, in the video, Pharrell was clearly slacking thinking that the “Section 80 album” was a mixtape; it was an ALBUM and a great one at that. Although the instrumental on this joint can be slightly repetitive, if you give it a good listen, I think you’ll admire the fact that Kendrick can kill any beat that he gets. On this track he cracks an egg in your basket and is breathing with dragons. Be on the lookout for more of Kendrick and Black Hippy.
5. Say Wassup – Jay Rock (feat. Kendrick Lamar, Ab Soul, Schoolboy Q)
Umm this joint “Say Wassup” is from Jay Rock’s long anticipated “Follow Me Home album.” As you can see based on the features, the entire Black Hippy collective is there. Everyone is dope including Ab Soul and Schoolboy Q, but in my opinion, Kendrick Lamar’s distinctive voice and lyricism makes him stand out more than any of the artists on here. They all kill the track and the chorus is pretty spontaneous and the track as a whole is great. I highly recommend showing support and picking up a copy of this track on iTunes if you haven’t already.
6. I’m On – Trae Tha Truth (feat. Lupe Fiasco, Big Boi, WALE)
This track “I’m On” is off of the “Trae Tha Truth Street King album” and features Lupe, Big Boi, and WALE. The thing that’s awesome about this track besides the collaboration is the production which samples the legendary song “Return of the Mack.” Out of these artists, Lupe Fiasco is my favorite, but I’m a huge fan of Big Boi too. Wale has always been solid in my opinion and Trae does the damn thing for the streets. This is one the best songs on his album (I’d accept the argument that it is his best song on the album), so definitely go and show support if you haven’t already.
7. Otis – Jay-Z & Kanye West (feat. Otis Redding)
This is the lead single from the “Watch The Throne album” by Jay-Z and Kanye West. This particular song features a sample from the late legend Otis Redding. I kind of wish they would flip “Sittin On The Dock of the Bay” eventually just because that’s my favorite Otis track. Anyways, these two recorded the majority of the album in Hawaii and you can preorder it right now. I suggest preordering the album because you’ll get this track immediately and will also be able to get the album 4 days before people that don’t preorder it; dope. The release date for the album is August 9th and I think this album is going to be incredible.
8. Burn Me Down – Gilbere Forte (feat. Tyga & Raak)
If you don’t know who Gilbere Forte is, please pull your head out of your ass and look up some of his music. Maybe you won’t end up liking his music, but it’s different than what I’m hearing from 90% of artists with talent these days. He got Tyga on the feature (who absolutely murked it BTW) and Raak (who he has worked with plenty of times before). I don’t know what else to tell you other than to look out for his upcoming album. I’m glad that my cousin sent me some of Gilbere’s music back in Fall 2010 because he’s now an artist I always look out for. All around dope track from these three.
9. Pound – Stalley
Stalley is an artist that most people are still discovering through recommendations of hip hop heads and based on the fact that he signed with Rick Ross’ MMG (Maybach Music Group). I think that he’s a very talented artist from Cleveland and since he released the official video for this track “Pound” off of his “Lincoln Way Nights Mixtape,” I decided to include it in the top 10 for this week. I could have easily put “Hercules” on here too, but I think I’m going to save it for a future week since I’m trying to keep the artist lineup as diverse as possible so that people can expand their taste.
10. Money Balls – Juicy J (prod. Lil Lody)
This track is epic, when I first heard it, I had it on repeat for all of my workouts. It was the most played song on my phone in a week and is partially hilarious, partially baller, and super trippy mane. I personally wish that Juicy J (of Three 6 Mafia) would have made this song longer because I think it could have easily had another verse. Although the subject matter is fairly ignorant, that doesn’t mean it’s a bad song. Lil Lody did a nice job with the instrumental and Juicy J says “I drive the Phantom off the lawn / my neighbors think I’m LeBron (wow).” I have been a huge Juicy J follower since his “Rubba Band Business” series started. Prior to that, I felt like he was making pop music with T6M. Anyways, if you like this track, check out the “VABP Young Nigga Movement Mixtape” which you can download for free.
I’m kind of pissed that I didn’t have time to make this list longer because I would have included new hip hop music from The Game, Trouble Andrew, Shawty Lo, French Montana, Wax, Pimp C, The Cool Kids, Asher Roth, and Dom Kennedy. Be on the lookout for some of my follow up picks for next week. I included a lot of talented artists in this week’s lineup and I know next week’s Top 10 is going to be just as competitive if I make another list. My goal with doing these lists is to expand your current taste and give artists a chance that you may have never heard of. If you at least listen to what I picked and genuinely don’t like their music, well at least you know. But if you never give an artist like Grieves, Gucci Mane, Stalley, Gilbere Forte, or Kendrick Lamar a chance, you may be missing out on some music that you would have otherwise really enjoyed…
- Kendrick Lamar – Hol’ Up (prod. Sounwave) [Official #Section80]
- Juicy J – V.A.B.P. Young Nigga Movement Mixtape (Download) (Lex Luger & Trap-A-Holics)
- Top 10 Hip Hop Songs May 2011
- Top Rap Hip Hop Songs July 2011
- Top Hip Hop Rap Songs for April 2011