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.