Welcome back to another Hot Rap Songs Review. Let’s get started.
Low-Flo Rida ft T-Pain: Ladies and gentlemen, the number one song of 2008 and the song that put Flo Rida on the map. Low was everywhere when it first came out and I got sick of hearing it every second. It’s been a while since I last heard the song and listening to it now, it’s just okay. The best part of the song is T-Pain. His chorus is the only thing people remember from it and the beat does bump a little. But the worst part of the song is Flo Rida himself. He does the fast rapping, but nothing he says connects and he doesn’t have the personality to get people invested. It’s just another party song. This would be the start of a career of many shitty dance tracks that Flo Rida would make in the 2010s. As for Low? It’s a C for me.
Independent-Webbie ft Lil Phat & Lil Boosie: Annoying, overproduced, incompetent, unintelligent, and low-key misogynistic, Independent is the sort of dedication to independent women that no one outside of the most ratchet ghettos would pride themselves over. Listening to this song gave me a headache and I made the right decision in putting it on my Worst of ’08 list. It’s getting an F from me.
Lollipop-Lil Wayne ft Static Major: The big hit off of Tha Carter III, Lollipop features cheap production, enough Auto-Tune to make T-Pain blush, more sex talk from Lil Wayne, and a waste of the late Static Major. This song sucks. I’m giving it an F.
A Milli-Lil Wayne: And now for the better Lil Wayne song. The weakest part of A Milli is the beat, which is produced by Bangladesh who used a repetitive sample for the melody. As for the rapping? Lil Wayne has never been one of my favorite rappers, but a song like this makes me understand his appeal because he’s got some bars. Still, he did throw in a couple of wack bars.
I’m a venereal disease like a menstrual bleed
On some faggot bullshit call him Dennis Rodman
Never answer when it’s private, damn I hate a shy bitch
Don’t you hate a shy bitch?
Yeah I ate a shy bitch
She ain’t shy no more, she changed her name to my bitch
Hahahaha, yeah, nigga that’s my bitch
So when she ask for the money, when you through don’t be surprised bitch
And I be the shit now you got loose bowels
Hey, they can’t all be winners. Not one of my favorite songs overall, but easily one of Wayne’s better singles. I give it a low B.
Put On-Young Jeezy ft Kanye West: And now for Jeezy’s other hit single, this time with Kanye West and it’s called Put On. The positives: I like the beat. It does bump in the whip. And that chorus does stay in your head all day. The negatives? Jeezy didn’t say anything that impressive, the content is nothing you haven’t heard in other Southern hip-hop songs, and Kanye disappointed. At this point, Kanye was in his 808s & Heartbreaks phase, so he was doing the Auto-Tuned singing and it sounds out of place here. Overall, Put On ends up being average and I’m going to give it a C.
Whatever You Like-T.I.: Oh, man. Another one of those songs that got played nonstop to my annoyance. Well, some time has passed by and with me rarely listening to radio these days, I’m able to go into this song with a new perspective and it’s fine. The production features uptempo poppy synths, T.I. is using a sing-songy flow, and and the lyrics are tailored towards women. This is an obvious song that was made for radio airplay and it’s not surprising that it became a number one hit. Still, it’s an inoffensive, serviceable mainstream rap song that does its job well. I give it a B.
Live Your Life-T.I. ft Rihanna: One of the few songs to interpolate a meme and do it well, Live Your Life is a celebration of optimism and positivity in one’s life and T.I. ties his own career to the lyrics of the song. Easily one of T.I.’s best songs and one of the best number one hits of the 2000s. I give this song an A.
Live Your Life
Whatever You Like
And those were the number one songs on the Hot Rap Songs chart of 2008. Next time, we look at the number one songs on the Hot Rap Songs chart of 2009.