Welcome back to another Hot Rap Songs Review. Let’s get started.
Round And Round-Jonell ft Method Man: We start off with R&B singer Jonell, who’s only hit is the Method Man-featured Round And Round. I don’t remember this song and there’s probably a good reason why. This is just alright. The beat is typical for the 2000s, Jonell was okay and so was Method Man. Honestly, he’s done better. The song isn’t bad, but I doubt I’ll ever go back to listening to it. I give it a C.
Lights, Camera, Action!-Mr. Cheeks: Now here’s one of those songs that I remember, but didn’t know the name of. Mr. Cheeks (a name that I can’t say without smiling) is a member of the New York rap group the Lost Boyz and in 2001, he went solo. His big hit is Lights, Camera, Action!. It’s a typical party song with Mr. Cheeks having some presence on the mic. But what I like the most out of this song is the production, mainly because of how it flips Eddie Kendricks’ Keep On Truckin’. It’s so dope. It ain’t perfect, but I like this. I give it a B.
Feels Good (Don’t Worry Bout A Thing)-Naughty By Nature ft 3LW: By this point, it’s clear that Naughty By Nature are past their prime. Their songs just didn’t have the same fire as they did in the 90s. This brings us to their last hit Feels Good (Don’t Worry About A Thing). Honestly, the song is a bit generic. The beat is okay and the rapping is just alright. 3LW are just there. When you compare this to their previous hits, it doesn’t measure up. I give it a C.
Ballin’ Boy-No Good: Remember No Good But So Good? They were the dudes featured on that Luke song Raise The Roof. Well, they shortened their name to No Good and scored a hit on their own with Ballin’ Boy. I was expecting to hate this, but I don’t mind it. This is that loud bombastic Southern hip-hop with production that’ll get the whole place crunk. How can you not lose your shit to this? Hell, I don’t even mind the verses in spite of a couple of lines that revolve around urination.
Cuz it’s sweet till ya see P, letcha girl watch while I pee-pee
Still piss on the chick, while the girl kiss on the stick
Seriously, that’s disgusting, but if that’s how you get off, who am I to kink-shame? At the end of the day, this song bumps in the whip and is a good example of a party song done right. I give it a B.
I Need A Girl (Part One)-P. Diddy ft Usher & Loon: I made it clear that I’m not a Diddy fan, but as proven by I’ll Be Missing You, he can make a good song every now and then. Well, let’s add I Need A Girl (Part One) to the list of his better songs. There’s two things that make this song and that’s the beat and Usher, who pretty much stole the show. Diddy was alright and so was Loon, who I thought was Diddy with a different voice. For a straightforward love song, this is pretty solid. I give it a B.
Oh Boy/The ROC (Just Fire)-Cam’ron: Truth be told, I’m not a Dipset fan. Their music just doesn’t do anything for me and that also applies to their solo work. This brings us to Cam’ron, who’s on this list for both Oh Boy and The ROC (Just Fire). Oh Boy is straight-up mediocre. It’s another song about the typical rap topics of the early 2000s and I wasn’t impressed by anything either Cam’ron or Juelz Santana said. But what annoys me most about this song is the production. Normally, Just Blaze is a great producer, but man, did he screw up here. Throughout the song, both “boy” and “oh boy” are repeated throughout and the way it’s used in the song is very inconsistent. Sometimes, it’s implemented into the rhymes and other times, it’s not. It just feels sloppy. If there is one good thing that came out of this song, it did give us one of the funniest Rap Critic jokes ever.
Now for The ROC (Just Fire) with Memphis Bleek and Beanie Siegel. Now this song is much better. Just Blaze provided one bomb ass beat. This is what he’s best at. All the verses on this song are fire, even Cam’ron. Still, Beanie Siegel had the best bars with Memphis Bleek in second place. I give Oh Boy a D and The ROC (Just Fire) a B.
Hot In Herre-Nelly: Who doesn’t know this song? You know it and I know it. Hot In Herre by Nelly. It’s steamy, raunchy fun with flaming hot production from the Neptunes and Nelly doing what he does best. There’s a reason this became the third biggest song of 2002 because it got all of the clubs moving and it was hot. It’s one of the first songs that comes to mind when it comes to Nelly. I give it a B.
Dilemma-Nelly ft Kelly Rowland: Here’s the other big hit Nelly had and it’s a collaboration with Kelly Rowland. It’s called Dilemma. I actually used to like this song, but the more I thought about it and looked into it, the more I started disliking it. I don’t mind the lightweight R&B beat and Kelly Rowland sounds fine, but my big issues with the song are in the writing. See, this is another song where a guy is after another man’s girlfriend and he doesn’t care, he starts macking on her anyways. Even worse is that the chorus and bridge implies that the girl wants to be with him even though she’s married and has a kid. This shit ain’t romantic, it’s fucked up. What dilemma is there? Both parties are cool with this and have made up their minds. No conflict exists nor is there anything at stake and that’s harder to be invested in. On a random note, this was in the music video.
Texting through Microsoft Excel. What was up with that? Anyways, I give this song a low D.
Work It-Missy Elliott: And we end on Missy Elliott with Work It. Both Missy and Timbaland crafted a dope ass beat that pays tribute to old school hip-hop in the 80s and it knocks in the whip. This song makes me want to breakdance even though I don’t know how to breakdance. The lyrics have a lot of sexual overtones and seem like complete gibberish at times, but Missy is so goddamn entertaining that it doesn’t really matter. Also, part of the chorus is played backwards. I wouldn’t call it Missy’s best song, but it’s a fun listen. I give it an A.
The ROC (Just Fire)
And those were the number one songs on the Hot Rap Songs chart of 2002. Next time, we look at the number one songs on the Hot Rap Songs chart of 2003.