Welcome back to another Hot Rap Songs Review. Let’s get started.
Slow Jamz-Twista ft Kanye West & Jamie Foxx: On top of a Luther Vandross sample, Slow Jamz is a love letter to old school love songs, namedropping R&B legends, Jamie Foxx doing the hook, Kanye being Kanye, and Twista bringing his fast rapping to this smooth and sultry jam. I give it an A.
One Call Away-Chingy ft J-Weav: Easily one of the worst songs that Chingy ever made (which is saying something), One Call Away is a shitty sex song disguised as a love song that’s cursed with Chingy’s charmless annoying voice and wasting the guy who did the singing voice of Simba from The Lion King (seriously) for an incoherent hook. I don’t know which One Call Away is worse, this or Charlie Puth’s, but all I know is that I would easily miss this call. I give this song an F.
Tipsy-J-Kwon: We’ve run into a lot of one-hit wonders in this series and we’re going to see more. One of them is J-Kwon, who gave the world Tipsy. Despite its catchy chorus, it’s a mediocre club song with a beat that sounds like someone knocking on your door, bad rhymes that includes counting, and generic lyrics. I don’t expect a lot of depth from these club songs, but this guy isn’t even trying. Also, there’s also a random reference to shooting people even though this is supposed to be a party song. It’s not the worst song I’ve ever heard, but I can see why this guy didn’t stick around. Not much was lost. I give it a low D.
Overnight Celebrity-Twista: Slow Jamz wasn’t the only big hit Twista had, There’s also Overnight Celebrity. Musically, it’s a rehash of Slow Jamz as it’s another Kanye beat that samples an old R&B song. It’s still dope, but all I hear is Slow Jamz. In the song, Twista is talking to a chick and tells her that he can make her a celebrity overnight. This translates to…
Overall, the song is good enough, but it doesn’t hold a candle to Slow Jamz. I give it a B.
Slow Motion-Juvenile ft Soulja Slim: You all remember Juvenile, right? The guy who did Back That Azz Up? Even though that’s his best known song, it wasn’t his biggest hit. No, that goes to Slow Motion featuring the late Soulja Slim. It’s pretty much a sex song, which shouldn’t be that much of a surprise if you look at the title. Soulja Slim takes up most of the song to the point where it feels like Juvenile’s the guest feature instead of the other way around. Everything in the song is perfectly average from the beat to the lyrics, which are typical to a song with this subject matter. I give it a C.
Lean Back-Terror Squad: And Fat Joe once again disappoints me with what is currently his biggest hit Lean Back. Yeah, the song is credited to Terror Squad, but it’s just Fat Joe and Remy Ma. This is another one of those songs that everyone knows because of the chorus (which has a “dance” for big dudes that involves leaning back), but honestly, the song itself doesn’t hold up well thanks to Scott Storch’s production that fails at sounding epic and bars that are kinda weak for both Fat Joe and Remy Ma. I’m not saying the song is bad, but both rappers are capable of better. I give it a D.
Drop It Like Its Hot-Snoop Dogg ft Pharrell: Leave it to the Neptunes to give Snoop Dogg one of his biggest and well-known hits in Drop It Like It’s Hot, which is a certified banger thanks to the beat and Snoop Dogg being a smooth-ass gangsta. It deserved to be a number one hit because it has all the right ingredients for a song that bumps in the whip. I give it an A.
Drop It Like It’s Hot
One Call Away
And those were the number one songs on the Hot Rap Songs chart of 2004. Next time, we look at the number one songs on the Hot Rap Songs chart of 2005.