Hot Rap Songs Review: 2011

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 Lamborghini
Yellow top missing
Yeah, yeah
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
I'm done

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.


4 thoughts on “Hot Rap Songs Review: 2011

  1. In terms of rap hits, 2011 was hit-and-miss. Black and Yellow was the song that put Wiz Khalifa on the map and it was the last pure rap song to top the charts until 5 years later. Even though the beat is catchy and the chorus is very anthemic, Wiz Khalifa’s delivery is wack. He barely makes an effort to rhyme, doesn’t really talk about Pittsburgh and instead talks about cars, women and jewelry. This is why I really hated Wiz Khalifa at the beginning, and even then, he’s been a very hit-and-miss artist. Roll Up, his following single, was dope, though. Yup, Moment 4 Life is in fact the only hit song from Nicki Minaj that’s legitimately good, although the video is kind of lame and her referencing herself as “king” is stupid. You know, if Look At Me Now had been just a Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes song, or if Chris at the very least been the featured artist and just done the chorus, I would have considered it one of the best rap songs of the year, instead it’s Chris Brown’s song and he has a verse that sucks ass and oozes of his arrogance and douchiness. Because of that it’s instead one of the worst songs of the year, and sadly completed Chris’ comeback after the whole Rihanna incident. People are stupid. My Last was Big Sean’s breakthrough hit and it’s mediocre. This is definitely why I didn’t like Big Sean at the beginning. The first few time I heard him, I thought he was wack and sucked because of his monotone and uninsterested delivery. If it wasn’t for the catchy beat and admittably Chris Brown’s hook, I wouldn’t have liked this song at all. While I still don’t think he’s the best rapper out there, at least he’s improved and I finally see why Kanye signed the guy. I like I’m On One, not gonna lie. The beat is dope, I enjoy the chorus and I don’t mind Drake’s delivery in this song. Rick Ross and Lil Wayne’s verses are pretty bad, but I laugh at how ridiculous they are. The song is catchy and a banger to me. Headlines is mediocre. Compared to what he’s doing now, it’s nowhere near bad, but dope beat aside, it’s still Drake being Drake. I wasn’t feeling N*ggas In Paris at first, but over time it grew on me, it’s a straight up banger. Jay-Z’s verse was cool and the beat bumps. Kanye’s verse is hit-and-miss, though. Don’t like how he stretches his words at the beginning and some of the punchlines are cheesy. Still, there were some good moments. Overall, a mixed bag of a year for hip hop.

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  2. Black and Yellow- the chorus and beat are catchy but I lose interest after that and there’s not much reference to Pittsburgh outside of the title being the team’s colors

    Moment 4 Life- it’s easily one of Nicki’s better songs and Drake was fine but I just find it okay.

    Look At Me Now- I can’t stand that beat. It’s super annoying and of course Chris Brown is his usual unlikeable self to where even the guest rappers can’t save it

    My Last- okay

    I’m On One- meh

    Headlines- alright

    In Paris- very fun

    Best Hit Songs of 2011
    1)Pumped Up Kicks by Foster The People 2)Rolling in the Deep/Someone Like You by Adele
    3)The Show Goes On by Lupe Fiasco
    4)All Of The Lights by Kanye West ft. Rihanna
    5)F**k You (Forget You) by CeeLo Green
    6)You and I by Lady Gaga
    7)Colder Weather by Zac Brown Band
    8)Good Life by OneRepublic
    9)Back To December by Taylor Swift
    10)Sure Thing by Miguel
    Honorable Mentions
    Party Rock Anthem by LMFAO ft. Lauren Bennett & Goonrock
    Give Me Everything by Pitbull ft. Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer
    Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F) by Katy Perry
    Born This Way/The Edge of Glory by Lady Gaga
    Blow by Kesha
    Stereo Hearts by Gym Class Heroes ft. Adam Levine
    Dirt Road Anthem by Jason Aldean
    Stereo Love by Edward Maya & Villa Jigulina
    Written In The Stars by Tinie Tempah ft. Eric Turner
    Don’t You Wanna Stay by Jason Aldean & Kelly Clarkson
    Knee Deep by Zac Brown Band ft. Jimmy Buffett
    Remind Me by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood
    Take A Back Road by Rodney Atkins
    Price Tag by Jessie J ft. B.o.B
    You and Tequila by Kenny Chesney ft. Grace Potter

    Worst Hit Songs of 2011
    1)Sexy and I Know It by LMFAO
    2)The Time (Dirty Bit) by The Black Eyed Peas
    3)Tonight (I’m F**king You) by Enrique Iglesias ft. Ludacris
    4)Down On Me by Jeremih ft. 50 Cent
    5)Look At Me Now by Chris Brown ft. Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes
    6)No Hands by Waka Flocka Flame ft. Roscoe Dash and Wale
    7)I Need A Doctor by Dr. Dre ft. Eminem & Skylar Grey
    8)The Lazy Song by Bruno Mars
    9)Moves Like Jagger by Maroon 5 ft. Christina Aguilera
    10)Tonight Tonight by Hot Chelle Rae
    Dishonorable Mentions
    E.T. by Katy Perry ft. Kanye West
    Super Bass by Nicki Minaj
    Just Can’t Get Enough by The Black Eyed Peas
    S&M by Rihanna
    Til The World Ends/I Wanna Go/Hold It Against Me by Britney Spears
    We R Who We R by Kesha
    Lighters by Bad Meets Evil ft. Bruno Mars
    6 Foot 7 Foot by Lil Wayne ft. Cory Gunz
    What the Hell by Avril Lavigne
    Pretty Girl Rock by Keri Hilson
    Who Says by Selena Gomez & The Scene
    Country Girl (Shake It For Me) by Luke Bryan
    In The Dark by Dev
    Backseat by New Boyz ft. The Cataracs & Dev
    Don’t Wanna Go Home by Jason Derulo
    Where Them Girls At by David Guetta ft. Nicki Minaj & Flo Rida
    She Ain’t You by Chris Brown
    Please Don’t Go by Mike Posner
    Friday by Rebecca Black (didn’t make the year end list but still deserves a mention)

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