Welcome back to another Hot Rap Songs Review. Let’s get started.
Air Force Ones-Nelly ft St. Lunatics: We start off with Air Force Ones by Nelly and his group St. Lunatics. It’s all about buying shoes and that’s about it. This song is just a commercial for the titular shoes and I don’t see how anyone outside of sneakerheads could like this. The beat’s a mess and none of the rapping is that good. Is this the best that Nelly has to offer in terms of the St. Lunatics because this is pathetic. I give it an F.
In Da Club-50 Cent: Well, this was inevitable. We finally get to talk about 50 Cent, who became one of the biggest names in 2000s rap. And I’m mixed when it comes to 50. He’s got some bangers, especially on Get Rich Or Die Tryin’, but his music for the most part hasn’t aged well and plus, he was lucky he got the attention of Eminem and Dr. Dre. Anyways, his first big hit In Da Club. It’s alright. The beat bumps and 50 is just giving us more of that gangsta shit. It is really catchy thanks to an intro that’s still being quoted 15 years after its release. I don’t have much else to say. I give it a C.
21 Questions-50 Cent ft Nate Dogg: You know? I wanted to like this song more. 21 Questions has a really good beat, Nate Dogg on the hook, and a premise that’s not bad on paper. But the big issue with the song is the way 50 executed this concept. He’s asking his girl a bunch of questions pertaining to her loyalty to him, but some of the questions he brings up are…
If it was time to put in work would you be down to ride?
Now would you leave me if your father found out I was thuggin’?
If I was with some other chick and someone happened to see?
And when you asked me about it I said it wasn’t me
Would you believe me? Or up and leave me?
How deep is our bond if that’s all it takes for you to be gone?
… really stupid and makes you question his own loyalty. Also, he mentions gangsta shit because that’s what a love song needs. This just ruins whatever sincerity he’s trying to show. Funny thing is that 50 called out Ja Rule for being a gangsta rapper making love songs, yet here he is making the same kind of songs. Ironic, this is. At least it’s not as bad as Ja Rule, though. Overall, I give it a C.
Magic Stick-Lil Kim ft 50 Cent: Jeez, a song from Lil Kim called Magic Stick and it features 50 Cent. I wonder what this song is gonna be about. On a serious note, this is pretty much a 50 Cent song thanks to the beat and chorus. Funny thing is that this was originally his song ’til he gave it to Lil Kim, who pretty much became second fiddle here. Honestly, this shit is mediocre with the only decent thing being the production. It’s an explicit sex song and it’s not even gross, just tiring because of how predictable it is. I give it a low D.
Right Thurr-Chingy: We’re going to run into some songs that I’ve already covered on this site, so I’ll sum up my thoughts on them in one or two sentences. First, Right Thurr by Chingy. The third worst song of 2003, the production is broken and plastic, Chingy is a low-rate Nelly with none of his wit or charm and an even more annoying voice, and this is yet another song where a guy is trying to steal another guy’s girlfriend. Charming. I give it an F.
P.I.M.P.-50 Cent: Next is P.I.M.P. and it’s another okay song with a catchy chorus and a beat driven by steel drums. 50 Cent uses this song to talk about how much of a pimp he is because pimping was the big thing in the 2000s. I remember this song has a G-Unit remix that also features Snoop Dogg, who was also on that pimp shit during that time. I give this song a C.
Get Low-Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz ft Ying Yang Twins: 2003 was when crunk blew the fuck up and you can thank Lil Jon for that. That year, he and the East Side Boyz became pop culture phenomenons thanks to the smash hit Get Low. If you want an example of a raunchy club song done right, here it is. Lil Jon provides production that’s loud and rambunctious, making any place go super crunk. The Ying Yang Twins show up and, well, they’re the Ying Yang Twins. If you can get past “sweat right down my balls” and “skeet skeet” (which means jizzing), this song ain’t bad. I give this song a B.
Shake Ya Tailfeather-Nelly ft P. Diddy & Murphy Lee: I did a Target Practice on this song and named it the 6th worst song of 2003, it’s sloppily-produced, obnoxious, none of the punchlines land, and every artist on here sucked. Nelly was a huge disappointment. Shake Ya Tailfeather is getting an F from me.
Damn!-YoungBloodZ ft Lil Jon: Next up is Damn! by YoungBloodZ. It’s no Kendrick, but that would be an unfair comparison since they’re two different styles. And you know? For crunk standards, this song isn’t good. It has a typical crunk beat and Lil Jon does exactly what you expect him to do, but I’m sorry. I’m not impressed by YoungBloodZ at all. I don’t expect much lyricism from a crunk song, but the verses from J-Bo and Sean Paul (not the reggae singer) did not amplify the energy of the song. It just falls flat. I give it an F.
Stand Up-Ludacris ft Shawnna: Ludacris dominated the early 2000s with bangers and Stand Up is one of them, produced by Kanye and bumps in the whip like crazy, Luda brings in the fire punchlines, and the chorus is a lot of fun, demanding you to move. It is my 87th best song of the 2000s for a reason. I give it an A.
The Way You Move-OutKast ft Sleepy Brown: The Way You Move is OutKast’s other number one single from Speakerboxxx/The Love Below and it’s a great song with production that blends the heavier beat on Big Boi’s verses with an explosive 70s R&B chorus that features Sleepy Brown. This song is a classic and it’s getting an A from me.
The Way You Move
Shake Ya Tailfeather
And those were the number one songs on the Hot Rap Songs chart of 2003. Next time, we look at the number one songs on the Hot Rap Songs chart of 2004.