Welcome back to another Hot Rap Songs Review. Let’s get started.
Black And Yellow-Wiz Khalifa: The song that made Wiz Khalifa a brand name and was used as the theme song for the Pittsburg Steelers when they went up against the Green Bay Packers during Super Bowl XLV (BTDubs, the Steelers lost that game). Anyways, Black And Yellow. It’s alright. It has a bumping beat and that chorus stays in your head for days. It makes sense for this to be a huge hit. But Wiz Khalifa has always been an average rapper, which this song shows as he raps about the usual topics you’d expect in a bragging song: his car, women, money, etc. Outside of that chorus and beat, there’s not much to this song to gravitate to. I give it a C.
Moment 4 Life-Nicki Minaj ft Drake: Ladies and gentlemen, the best hit song that Nicki Minaj ever made. No trolling, no BS, Moment 4 Life is a good song. The more delicate production actually goes well with Nicki’s bars, which hit the landing for the most part and is focused on making it as a famous rapper. Drake shows up and he was cool. I didn’t care for the singing, I wanted to hear the bars and both artists did pretty well here. I give it a B.
Look At Me Now-Chris Brown ft Busta Rhymes & Lil Wayne: Oh, boy. This song. So this is Chris Brown’s first big hip-hop hit where he’s the lead artist and it’s called Look At Me Now. Honestly, I’d rather look away because this is pathetic. On the positive side, I don’t mind the beat, Busta Rhymes had a dope ass verse (even if it’s just him fast-rapping), and Lil Wayne wasn’t that bad, either. But there’s one teeny little issue with this song that drags it down: Chris. Fucking. Brown.
Yellow model chick
Yellow bottle sipping
Yellow top missing
That shit look like a toupee
I get what you get in ten years, in two days
Ladies love me, I'm on my Cool J
If you get what I get, what would you say?
She wax it all off, Mister Miyagi
And them suicide doors, Hari Kari
Chris Brown is bad at rapping.
Look at me now, look at me now
Oh, I'm getting paper
Look at me now
Oh, look at me now
Yeah, fresher than a motherfucker
REALLY bad at rapping.
Lil nigga bigger than gorilla
'Cause I'm killing every nigga that try to be on my shit
Better cuff your chick if I want her, I can get her
And she accidentally slip and fall on my dick
Oops I said on my dick
I ain't really mean to say on my dick
But since we talking about my dick
All of you haters say hi to it
Bro, what the fuck is this? Seriously, what the fuck? This man spent half of the verse talking about his dick. Shit is trash, dude. I’m giving it an F.
My Last-Big Sean ft Chris Brown: On a somewhat related note, we have Chris Brown featured on this breakout hit for Big Sean called My Last. I feel like this track is a perfect summation of how I feel about Big Sean because I am totally ambivalent towards it. The beat is alright, Big Sean is a mixed bag going from competent to corny, and Chris Brown exists. For some reason, there’s some weird censorship in the explicit version that feels like the engineer first did the edited version and forgot to take them out for the explicit version. Whatever. I give this song a C.
I’m On One-DJ Khaled ft Drake, Rick Ross, & Lil Wayne: What’s there really to say about DJ Khaled at this point? It is impressive to see a guy get this far into the game making the same type of songs over and over. I’m On One is a song featuring three big names in rap at the time, Drake, Rick Ross, and Lil Wayne, and it all amounts to a mediocre bragging song with a generic beat and sounding more like a throwaway Drake track with DJ Khaled in the background. I got so sick of hearing this song constantly and years later, it still doesn’t hold up. I give it a D.
Headlines-Drake: Speaking of a song that got played nonstop, Headlines by Drake, the first single off of Take Care. At that point, I was disappointed by Thank Me Later and I was hoping that this single would regain my confidence. But it was more of the same shit, Aubrey bragging about his success. I don’t mind the production and the song is catchy, but it doesn’t have much replay value for me and overplay soured my opinion on it. Not bad, but still inessential overall. I’m giving it a C.
Niggas In Paris-Jay Z & Kanye West: We end on the Throne. In 2011, Jay Z and Kanye put out the collaboration album Watch The Throne, which consists of “look how rich we are” and one of the more popular tracks from the album is Niggas In Paris. Being in high school, this was one of my favorite songs. The song is nonstop bragging, but it’s a hell of a lot of fun thanks to the memorable lines from the song.
So I ball so hard muhfuckas wanna fine me
first niggas gotta find me
What's 50 grand to a muhfucka like me
Can you please remind me?
Psycho, I'm liable to go Michael
Take your pick, Jackson, Tyson, Jordan, Game 6
Ball so hard muhfuckas wanna fine me
That shit cray
That shit cray
That shit cray
And then you have the beat. Holy shit, does Hit-Boy and company knock it out the park with this production. It bumps in the whip and then you get that switch-up in the end where the beat drops and you get those heavenly choirs and pianos along with those thumping drums and distorted bass. Shit is bananas, bruh. I give this an A.
Niggas In Paris
Moment 4 Life
Look At Me Now
I’m On One
And those were the number one songs on the Hot Rap Songs chart of 2011. Next time, we look at the number one songs on the Hot Rap Songs chart of 2012.