Top 15 Rap / Hip-Hop Songs Weekly (As Of January 19, 2009)

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Top 15 Rap Songs: as of January 19, 2009 (Last Week’s Top 10 Rap Songs [January 12, 2009])

1. Quiet Dog – Mos Def

2. Hustler’s Anthem – Busta Rhymes f. T-Pain

3. Da Game’s Been Good To Me – U.G.K. (R.I.P. Pimp C)

4. Most Likely To Succeed – Charles Hamilton

5. Where I’m From – Fabolous f. The Game

6. Enemy – The Game f. Wyclef Jean & Damian Marley

7. Dr. King (Remember) – Snoop Dogg f. Sly Stone

8. Ballskin – MF DOOM

9. Always Strapped – Lil Wayne & Birdman

10. Decision – Busta Rhymes f. Mary J Blige, Jamie Foxx, Common & John Legend

11. Blame It (Remix) – Jamie Foxx f. N.O.R.E., Busta Rhymes, Yung Joc, Freeway, Lil Wayne & T-Pain

12. DJ DJ – Zion I

13. Let’s Cruise – Juelz Santana

14. Young G’s (Astronote Remix) – Notorious B.I.G. f. Talib Kweli

15. Just Ask Me (Brooklyn) – Q Da Kid

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January 19th 2009 Music, Top Rap Songs

Top 15 Rap Songs Weekly (As Of January 12, 2009)

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Top 15 Rap Songs: as of January 12, 2009 (Last Week’s Top 10 Rap Songs [January 5, 2009])

1. Crack A Bottle – Eminem, 50 Cent, Dr. Dre a.k.a. The “3-Headed Monster”

2. I Get It In – 50 Cent f. Dr. Dre

3. Sky High (Kickdrums Mix) – KiD CuDi

4. Everything – Chamillionaire f. Crooked I

5. N*gga I’ll Hurt You – 50 Cent

6. Yes! – Lil Wayne f. Pharrell

7. Conglomerate – Busta Rhymes f. Jadakiss & Young Jeezy

8. Fire – B-Real f. Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley

9. Shine All Day – Grandmaster Flash f. Q-Tip, JUMZ, & Kel Spencer

***10. My Life (Oscar Grant Tribute) – Mistah F.A.B. f. Jennifer Johns & Codany Holiday***

11. TilWeDie – Blu

12. Round Round – Flo-Rida

13. Play This On The Radio – 50 Cent

14. In God We Trust – 50 Cent

15. On Fire – Skyzoo

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January 12th 2009 Music, Top Rap Songs

Top 20 Rap Songs (As Of January 5, 2009)

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Top 20 Rap Songs: as of January 5, 2009 (Last Week’s Top 10 Rap Songs [December 29, 2008])

1. 2008 Wrap-Up – Skillz

2. Letter To B.I.G. – Jadakiss

3. Swagger Like Planes (Mick Boogie Remix) – M.I.A., Jay-Z, Kanye West

4. Dream Girl – Tay Dizm f. Akon

5. The Future Is Now – Mayday!

6. Breaktime – Tyga f. Lil Wayne

7. System – Reks

8. Say It – Termanology f. Sheek Louch, Joell Ortiz, Bun B, Saigon, Freeway

9. Crusin’ – Ace Mac f. Raheem Devaughn & Lupe Fiasco

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January 5th 2009 Music, Top Rap Songs

Top 10 Rap Songs (As Of December 29, 2008)

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Top 30 Rap Songs: as of December 29, 2008 (Last Week’s Top 10 Rap Songs [December 22, 2008])

1. Brooklyn – MC Lyte

2. Winding On Me – Fat Joe f. Lil Wayne & Ron Browz

3. Part Of Me – Royce Da 5’9″

4. Scarz – Jim Jones

5. Status Of The Game – Young Chris

6. Go Hard (Remix) – DJ Khaled f. Jay-Z, Kanye West, & T-Pain

7. Loose Wires (Remix) – Kenna f. The Cool Kids

8. I Feel Free – Ricky Blaze f. Punch, Ron Browz, Red Cafe, Nicki Minaj

9. So Mean – Ya Boy f. T-Pain

10. I Wanna Be Free – Freeway

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December 29th 2008 Music, Top Rap Songs

Top 30 Hip-Hop / Rap Albums Of 2008

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30. The Knux – Remind Me In 3 Days…

I didn’t hear about the hip-hop group The Knux until 2008, but I was glad someone reminded me to check out their album entitled “Remind Me In 3 Days…”.  I was instantly overtaken with a new sound, something that I hadn’t heard before.  Just because you make creative music, doesn’t necessarily mean that it is good music – a concept that many people fail to recognize in the music industry nowadays.

The duo called “The Knux” were able to make an album that featured creative sounds, creative concepts, and still make it a (more than) noteworthy piece of music to check out in 2008.  You really owe yourself to check up on their music if you haven’t already.  Standout tracks include: “Bang! Bang!,” “Cappuccino (Remix),” and “F!re (Put It In The Air).”  I highly recommend that you buy this album to add to your collection in 2008 – even if you are the slightest bit interested in their music.

PURCHASE: The Knux – Remind Me in 3 Days

29. EPMD – We Mean Business

Nine years since the duo (Erick Sermon and Parrish Smith) dropped “Out Of Business” they made a return to the world of hip-hop with the release of “We Mean Business.”  The album has the same old-school feel to it, though they opted to leave the infamous DJ Scratch out of the lineup.  Veteran guests like Raekwon, Redman, Mobb Deep, and KRS-One make the listener appreciate the quality music.

The album is really a must-listen for any fan of EPMD and definitely worth checking out if you appreciate good hip-hop music.  My favorite tracks from this album include: “Listen Up” – which is arguably the biggest “banger” on the album, featuring Teddy Riley.  I also especially enjoyed “Run It” featuring KRS-1.

Though DJ Scratch was missing from this project, due to various issues with the group – the album is still a very noteworthy piece of 2008.  It is filled with a grand total of thirteen tracks, but there was absolutely zero “filler” (i.e. interludes / skits) – which is common on most albums.  Old school fans and hip-hop heads alike should mos.def. check into this project.

PURCHASE: EPMD – We Mean Business

28. Murs – Murs For President

When I heard that MURS was going to be running for president I got excited. Murs has had a long history of making quality music.  On this project Murs rhymes the truth and makes what I refer to as genuine music.  This alubm “Murs For President” has something to offer for everybody – from the “feel good” anthem (laced by super-producer “will.i.am”) called “Lookin Fly.”

“It seems like nobody’s tryin man / there’s Kids dyin in Sudan and nobody cares / at least I’m tryin man” – says the artist Nick Carter.  The album brings up major issues that many people can relate to and other concerns of the worldly focused artist Murs.

Murs opted to sign with a major label in order to get more promotion and in order to get more people exposed to his music.  He didn’t care whether the deal made him lose profits, he had the goal to push his music on as many listeners as the promotion would allow.

This album makes for a quality listen from beginning to end.  Though some instrumentals failed to keep my interest, Murs’ wordplay and rhymes always made things interesting.  Standout tracks include: “Time Is Now” featuring Snoop Dogg, “Can It Be,” and “Lookin Fly.” I definitely cast my vote for Murs in 2008, I hope you all go out and pick up this project.  Murs was truly one of the artists that kept true hip-hop alive in 2008.

PURCHASE: Murs – Murs For President

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December 24th 2008 Favorites, Music, Top Rap Songs

Top 10 Rap Songs (As Of December 22, 2008)

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Top 30 Rap Songs: as of December 22, 2008 (Last Week’s Top 30 Rap Songs [December 15, 2008])

1. If I – Justin Timberlake f. T.I.

2. My Ex – Kevin Cossom f. Rick Ross

3. Monster – B.o.B.

4. Cali Kali – Kali

5. Rich Kids – Tabi Bonney

6. Set It Off (Remix) – Kardinal Offishall f. Dr. Dre & Pusha T

7. Ricky’s Story – Donny Goines

8. Swagger Jackson’s Revenge – Jay Electronica

9. Freakin’ You – Busta Rhymes f. Ne-Yo & Missy Elliot

10. There He Go – Red Cafe f. Fabolous & Paul Cain

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December 22nd 2008 Music, Top Rap Songs

Top 30 Rap Songs (As Of December 15, 2008)

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Top 30 Rap Songs: as of December 15, 2008 (Last Week’s Top 10 Rap Songs [December 8, 2008])

NOTE: Since so much heat dropped this past week, I had to do a Top 30. Numbers do not necessarily indicate ranking…

1. Hello Brooklyn 3.0 – Jay-Z f. Lil Wayne

2. Gifted – N.A.S.A. f. Kanye West, Lykke Li, Santogold

3. American Dreamin’ (Recomposition) – Jay-Z

4. Show Is Over – The Game & Cookin’ Soul

5. BK Anthem – Jay-Z f. MC Lyte

6. Kilo (Remix) – Ghostface Killah f. Malice, Raekwon

7. Ghetto Youths Rock – Junior Reid f. Lil Wayne

8. Day N’ Night (Remix) – KiD CuDi & Collie Buddz

9. Blow Ya Back Out – Attitude

10. Never Leave My Girl (Remix) – Ben One f. Twista, Sly Polaroid

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December 15th 2008 Music, Top Rap Songs

Top 10 Rap Songs (As Of December 8, 2008)

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Top 10 Rap Songs: as of December 8, 2008 (Last Week’s Top 10 Rap Songs [December 1, 2008])

1. Number One – Eminem

2. What We Need – DJ Wich f. Lil Wayne, Glasses Malone

3. Brooklyn (Go Hard) – Jay-Z f. Santogold

4. Blown – Busta Rhymes f. T-Pain, DJ Khaled

5. Thugathon – Termanology & Statik Selektah (1982) f. Lil’ Fame (of M.O.P.)

6. Press The Play Button (Dutch Bonus) – Ludacris

7. Sweet (Mash-Up) – Jay-Z & Fela Kuti

8. Still Got It 4 Cheap – Clinton Sparks f. The Clipse, Pharrell

9. Money To Blow (Remix) – Drake f. JFK

10. Digital Girl – Jamie Foxx f. Kanye West, The-Dream

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December 8th 2008 Music, Top Rap Songs

Top 10 Rap Songs (As Of December 1, 2008)

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Top 10 Rap Songs: as of December 1, 2008 (Last Week’s Top 10 Rap Songs [November 24, 2008])

1. Arab Money (Remix) – Busta Rhymes f. Ron Browz, Diddy, Swizz Beatz, T-Pain, Akon, Lil Wayne

2. Gamble On Me – Cory Gunz f. T-Pain

3. Chopped N’ Screwed (H-Town Remix) – Bun B, C-Note, Big Pokey, ESG, Lil Keke, Trae, Z-Ro

4. Punch Drunk Love – Common f. Kanye West

5. Different Girls – Nu Jerzey Devil f. Lil Wayne

6. The Champ Is Here – T.I. f. Akon

7. Gangster – B.o.B. f. Lil Jon

8. Act Like It – T.I. f. Snoop Dogg

9. Louisianimal – Lil Wayne f. Lil Boosie

10. Show Out (Remix) – DJ Unk f. Soulja Boy, Sean Kingston, Jim Jones, E-40

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December 1st 2008 Music, Top Rap Songs

Top 10 Rap Songs (As Of November 24, 2008)

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Top 10 Rap Songs: as of November 24, 2008 (Last Week’s Top 10 Rap Songs [November 17, 2008])

1. M.V.P. – Ludacris

2. Red Magic – Lil Wayne f. The Game

3. So Cold – AC

4. Kill The Beat – J.R. Writer

5. I Got It – Young Buck f. Young Jeezy

6. I’m Dat N*gga – B.o.B. f. T.I.

7. Road To “Til The Casket Drops” – The Clipse

8. The Future – Joe Budden f. The Game

9. Area – Curtis Young (Dr. Dre’s Son) f. Rick Ross

10. Day Dreamin’ – Akon f. Snoop Dogg, DJ Drama

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November 24th 2008 Music, Top Rap Songs