Hot Rap Songs Review: 2008

Hot Rap Songs Review

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.


7 thoughts on “Hot Rap Songs Review: 2008

  1. I don’t have fond memories of 2008 as a music year overall, however when it comes to hip-hop it was certainly better than the previous years before it. I admit to liking Low a lot. It’s not a great song by any means, but it’s very irresistable to jam along to, mostly because of the beat and T-Pain. But to Flo-Rida’s credit, he at least tries to rap, has energy and stays on beat. But that’s as much as I can say about him. The reason he stuck around long enough was because he was good at catchy hooks. Outside of that, he’s an artist that has hits but isn’t famous, mostly because he has no personality. It’s the same clubs, girls, money bs most other mainstream rappers talk about. Despite that, Low is his best song and will end up being his signature song, I definitely get why it was the biggest song of 2008. I.N.D.E.P.E.N.D.E.N.T. is garbage. Terrible beat, terrible rapping, and completely superficial lyrics about women being independent. Ne-Yo made a WAY better song with that subject matter the same exact year (and it’s not even close to being one of my favorite Ne-Yo songs). Lollipop was inescapeable, I remember hearing it a lot and people blasting that song in their cars. Lil’ Wayne’s biggest hit and it’s a shitty club song where he’s using auto-tune and using another lame candy metaphor for sex. A Milli on the other hand has much better rapping despite some wack rhymes, but the really bad Bangladesh production ruins it for me (at least 6 Foot 7 Foot worked way better in terms of his production and Weezy had way better bars in that song). I like Put On for the beat, its anthemic chorus and Jeezy’s delivery worked well for me. Kanye was hit-and-miss though, the auto-tune “808’s and Heartbreaks” era was hit-and-miss for me. Whatever You Like was meh. I didn’t like it too much because it was the obvious radio single and T.I. was at his weakest. Live Your Life was a much better song, and it’s one his best despite the “Numa Numa” interpolation being kind of annoying. Sadly, this is the last time for a while that mainstream hip hop will be at least decent. It would be until years later before we had another okay or solid year. Looking forward to your next review.

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  2. I honestly can’t believe it’s been 10 years already since 2008. It’s been a full decade now since my sister graduated high school and started college in Washington D.C. and I started fourth grade. It’s been a full decade since Barack Obama was elected America’s first African American President on a message of hope that was greatly needed for an America that was going through its worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. I remember it all.

    Low- I actually don’t remember this or the other songs on the list at the time and even Crank That Soulja Boy from last year since I wasn’t really paying attention to popular music until I entered middle school in 2010. I’ve mainly heard Low in movies, commercials, and high school dances. As for the song itself, I agree that T-Pain’s chorus and the beat is the best part of the song. But like all of his songs, Flo Rida is the most forgettable part. I heard a lot of his songs in middle and high school and I can only remember their choruses and maybe a few lines from the verses. Todd in the Shadows said it best about Flo Rida in that he’s good at creating hooks but his lack of personality instantly ruins his songs. I can enjoy Low for a dance song and that chorus but it’s not a song I would go back to all that often.

    Independent- really stupid and annoying

    Lollipop- the AutoTune on Lil Wayne’s voice sounds horrible. Aside from that, it’s just another rap sex song using candy metaphors

    A Milli- I can’t stand that beat with the guy saying A Milli throughout. It never ends and I just want it to shut up.

    Put On- meh

    Whatever You Like- it’s pretty much the 2000s version of Bruno Mars’ That’s What I Like since both of them are basically talking about giving their girl their lavish lifestyle. I heard someone recently put Whatever You Like onto the beat for That’s What I Like which explains their similarity. As for the song, it’s alright.

    Live Your Life- really good song with a good message and hook from Rihanna

    Here’s my best and worst song lists for 2008
    Best Hit Songs of 2008
    1)Viva La Vida by Coldplay
    2)Love Song by Sara Bareilles
    3)Paper Planes by M.I.A
    4)Superstar by Lupe Fiasco ft. Matthew Santos
    5)So What by P!nk
    6)American Boy by Estelle ft. Kanye West
    7)Flashing Lights by Kanye West
    8)Miss Independent by Ne-Yo
    9)Live Your Life by T.I. ft. Rihanna
    10)Disturbia by Rihanna
    Honorable Mentions
    Low by Flo Rida ft. T-Pain
    Bleeding Love by Leona Lewis
    No Air by Jordan Sparks and Chris Brown
    With You/Forever by Chris Brown
    Take A Bow/Don’t Stop The Music by Rihanna
    Whatever You Like by T.I.
    Closer by Ne-Yo
    4 Minutes by Madonna ft. Timbaland and Justin Timberlake
    Our Song by Taylor Swift
    Let it Rock by Kevin Rudolf ft. Lil Wayne
    Love Lockdown/Good Life ft. T-Pain by Kanye West
    Into the Night by Santana ft. Chad Kroeger

    Worst Hit Songs of 2008
    1)When I Grow Up by The Pussycat Dolls
    2)Piece of Me by Britney Spears
    3)Independent by Webbie ft. Lil Boosie and Lil Phat
    4)Lollipop/A Milli by Lil Wayne
    5)Lolli Lolli (Pop That Body) by Three 6 Mafia
    6)I Kissed A Girl by Katy Perry
    7)Leavin by Jesse McCartney
    8)See You Again/7 Things by Miley Cyrus
    9)Love Like This by Natasha Bedingfield ft. Sean Kingston
    10)In the Ayer by Flo Rida ft. will.i.am
    Dishonorable Mentions
    Sexy Can I by Ray J ft. Yung Berg
    Touch My Body by Mariah Carey
    Clumsy by Fergie
    Shake It by Metro Station
    Take You There by Sean Kingston
    Bust It ft. Ne-Yo/Hypnotized ft. Akon by Plies
    Got Money by Lil Wayne ft. T-Pain
    Sorry by Buckcherry
    Can’t Believe It by T-Pain ft. Lil Wayne
    Burnin Up by The Jonas Brothers
    Crush by David Archuleta
    Womanizer by Britney Spears
    Addicted by Saving Abel

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      1. As far as the songs on this list go, I’m glad I never ran into the Independent song by Webbie and Put It On by Jeezy and Kanye sounds meh to me.

        Whatever You Like is fine showing TI can make a good song without a usage of swears for big radio play. Thoughts on the Weird Al parody which was about a cheap lifestyle?

        Live Your Life used a meme right? So it’s up up there with Redbone for songs that are associated with a meme that’s good?

        The constant A Milli loop on the Lil Wayne song bugs me too much to listen to it fully, sorry man.

        Low does have a good T Pain hook but since I usually forgot parts of the chorus, I just replace certain lines with others like “The bird is the word”


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