Hot Rap Songs Review: 2009

Hot Rap Songs Review

Welcome to another Hot Rap Songs Review. Let’s get started.


Heartless-Kanye West: We start with Heartless, the big hit from 808s & Heartbreak where Kanye contemplates on his failed engagement (at the time) over a cold mechanical beat and Auto-Tuned vocals. It’s a really good song from a man who’s broken (though not as broken as he is now), and it’s getting an A from me.

Dead And Gone-T.I. ft Justin Timberlake: In Dead And Gone, T.I. reminisces on his younger days and the mistakes he made that ultimately helped him grow as a man. And all of this over some mournful production and including a J.T. chorus and a tribute to Tip’s long-passed friend. This is a great song and I’m giving it an A.

Kiss Me Thru The Phone-Soulja Boy ft Sammie: I was originally planning on doing a Target Practice on this song, but with this series, I scrapped those plans and decided to talk about it here. Kiss Me Thru The Phone is one of Soulja Boy’s least bad songs, but that doesn’t mean it’s not bad. Trust me, it still is. It features a generic poppy beat with those beeping synths ripped out of a video game, a worthless chorus, Soulja Boy still being a bad rapper, and it’s a pandering generic love song. Also, Kiss Me Thru The Phone has to be one of the dumbest phrases ever. Maybe it’s possible with FaceTime now, but I’m pretty sure that was impossible back in 2009. Anyways, I give this song an F.

Boom Boom Pow-Black Eyed Peas: The number one song of 2009, ladies and gentlemen, and the moment the Black Eyed Peas embraced being sellouts. Boom Boom Pow. What could be said about this song? In their attempt to appear futuristic, the Peas wind up making a song that’s super-dated with sparse eerie synths. And we also get…

I got the that rock and roll
That future flow

That digital spit
Next level visual shit

I’m so 3008
You so 2000 and late

When when I step inside the room them girls go ape shit, uh
Y’all stuck on super A-shit
That low-fi stupid 8 bit

Beats so big I’m steppin on leprechauns
Shitin’ on y’all you with the (Boom boom)
Shitin’ on y’all you with the (Boom boom)
Shitin’ on y’all you with the

… some really bad lyrics. This isn’t even the worst song from the Peas. Ever since this song, they’ve went with this futuristic shit to disastrous results. I give this song an F. I Gotta Feeling is better.

Best I Ever Had-Drake: Here’s a guy who I’m sure we’ll NEVER hear from again, Drake. No way this guy will ever be a dominant force in hip-hop. Sarcasm aside, Best I Ever Had is the song that put ol’ Aubrey Graham on the map and it let us know what to expect from him. I already did a Target Practice on this song a long time ago and my opinions on it hasn’t changed. It’s the perfect encapsulation of Drake’s artistry and catalog. On the positives, it has a good beat and first verse, where he’s talking to a girl he likes. But then there’s the corny ass hook and the second verse, which has nothing to do with the rest of the song and is just him bragging. It even has the following line:

My shirt ain’t got no stripes, but I can make your pussy whistle
Like the Andy Griffith theme song


Fucking why? Overall, Best I Ever Had is an average track and I’m giving it a C.

Run This Town-Jay Z ft Rihanna & Kanye West: In 2009, Jay Z released The Blueprint 3, which doesn’t live up to the original Blueprint (then again, neither did the second one). One of the singles from that album is Run This Town with Rihanna and Kanye. I like this. Rihanna came in with one hell of a hook and Kanye pretty much stole the show with his verse while handing the production (along with No I.D.). Hell, both of them outshone Jay Z on this track, who wasn’t bad, but not as memorable. Still, I enjoyed this song back in the day and I still do now. I give it a B.

Forever-Drake ft Kanye West, Lil Wayne, & Eminem: Now here’s an all-star lineup if you ever see one. You have Drake, Kanye, Eminem, and Lil Wayne teaming up for a song made for the soundtrack to a LeBron James documentary. This is Forever and it’s a dope ass song. If I have to rank the verses from worst to best, it would go like this: Kanye, Wayne, Drake, and Eminem. Don’t get me wrong, Drake does have one of the most memorable opening lines in rap with that “last name ever, first name greatest,” but Eminem came through with that fire. Wayne was cool and as for Kanye?

Super bad chicks giving me McLovin

… yeah. Also, the beat knocks like a motherfucker and is perfect for any sporting event. I give this song an A.

Empire State Of Mind-Jay Z ft Alicia Keys: And now we end this post and the 2000s on the hip-hop New York City anthem. Empire State Of Mind became Jay Z’s first number one hit as a lead artist and it’s one of his best singles. It contains classy, piano-driven production while Jay Z raps about… well, New York and celebrating how great it is. What makes the song even greater is Alicia Keys’ contribution. Her chorus just soars and gives New Yorkers pride. This is a great song overall and I’m giving it an A.


Empire State Of Mind




Boom Boom Pow


Kiss Me Thru The Phone

And those were the number one songs on the Hot Rap Songs chart of 2009. Next time, we look at the number one songs on the Hot Rap Songs chart of 2010.


4 thoughts on “Hot Rap Songs Review: 2009

  1. Heartless- Making my 2000s lists has given me a greater appreciation of Kanye’s music and how good his songs were despite his erratic behavior and personality. And I agree that I’m done with new music from him and that I Love It is very stupid. I like Heartless for the production and Kanye’s AutoTune vocals that really sell the feeling of his heartbreak and I still hear it every once and a while.

    Dead and Gone- great song and love the performances, beat and message

    Kiss Me Thru The Phone- I can see why many people don’t remember Soulja Boy outside of Crank That cause as bad as that song was, it was at least bad in an interesting way something you don’t see everyday. This on the other hand is just generically bad with weak vocals and beat. And that title is pretty hilariously stupid

    Boom Boom Pow- As much of a bad rap the Black Eyed Peas get now, they did make some good songs in their early mainstream days like Where Is The Love?, Let’s Get It Started. Even I Gotta Feeling from this year is among one of
    their best songs and I still enjoy it whenever I wanna get excited for a night of partying. I’ve been listening to this song a lot for my 2009 lists and I keep thinking “Really, this was the number song of 2009.” It reminds me of Filthy in that I’m just wondering what the hell is going on here. I get nothing out of the song. There’s no real structure and gets annoying with the AutoTune, robotic vocals, and synths. The lyrics are bad and a waste of time and even just nine years later the production is super dated.

    Best I Ever Had- Agree. I honestly prefer this over Drake’s recent material but even then it’s still very corny though the beat is good which was sampled from the 70s number one hit Fallin In Love. And that Andy Griffith line cracks me up since I don’t really think of the theme song as anything sexy.

    Run This Town- good song

    Forever- it has a good beat and some good performances but it’s kinda corny especially with some of the lines from Kanye and Drake. Seriously, referencing Finding Nemo, Ferris Bueller, Super Bad, and Fannie pacs.

    Empire State Of Mind- As a New Yorker, I love this song and has deservedly earned its place as the modern day New York anthem. This song goes up with Billy Joel’s New York State of Mind and Frank Sinatra’s New York, New York theme as the best New York anthems. JAY-Z and Alicia Keys were great and makes sense for them to be together on this song since they’re both New York natives.

    Here are my best and worst lists for 2009
    Best Hit Songs of 2009
    1)21 Guns by Green Day
    2)Empire State of Mind by JAY-Z ft. Alicia Keys
    3)Fireflies by Owl City
    4)Sober by P!nk
    5)Poker Face/Just Dance ft. Colby O’Donis/Paparazzi by Lady Gaga
    6)Dead and Gone by T.I. ft. Justin Timberlake
    7)Halo by Beyoncé
    8)Heartless by Kanye West
    9)Day N Nite by Kid Cudi
    10)Pretty Wings by Maxwell
    Honorable Mentions
    I Gotta Feeling by The Black Eyed Peas
    Use Somebody by Kings of Leon
    I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho) by Pitbull
    Down by Jay Sean ft. Lil Wayne
    She Wolf by Shakira
    Sweet Dreams by Beyoncé
    Chicken Fried/Whatever It Is by Zac Brown Band
    I Run To You by Lady Antebellum
    Green Light by John Legend ft. Andre 3000
    Already Gone by Kelly Clarkson
    Say Hey (I Love You) by Michael Franti & Spearhead & Cherine Anderson

    Worst Hit Songs of 2009
    1)Pop Champagne by Jim Jones & Ron Browz ft. Juelz Santana
    2)DONTTRUSTME by 3OH!3
    3)Boom Boom Pow by The Black Eyed Peas
    4)Break Up by Mario ft. Gucci Mane & Sean Garrett
    5)Every Girl by Young Money
    6)If I Were A Boy/Diva by Beyoncé
    7)Obsessed by Mariah Carey
    8)Birthday Sex by Jeremih
    9)Whatcha Say by Jason Derulo
    10)One Time by Justin Bieber
    Dishonorable Mentions
    Right Round/Sugar ft. Wynter Gordon by Flo Rida
    Gives You Hell by The All-American Rejects
    Blame It by Jamie Foxx ft. T-Pain
    Kiss Me Thru The Phone ft. Sammie/Turn My Swag On by Soulja Boy
    The Climb/Party In The U.S.A. by Miley Cyrus
    Circus/If U Seek Amy/3 by Britney Spears
    Waking Up In Vegas by Katy Perry
    LoveGame by Lady Gaga
    Hotel Room Service by Pitbull
    Crack A Bottle by Eminem, Dr. Dre & 50 Cent
    Turnin Me On by Keri Hilson ft. Lil Wayne
    Gotta Be Somebody/If Today Was Your Last Day by Nickelback
    Untouched by The Veronicas
    I Love College by Asher Roth
    How Do You Sleep by Jesse McCartney ft. Ludacris
    Goodbye by Kristinia DeBarge

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