Hot Rap Songs Review: 2012

Hot Rap Songs Review

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


Make Me Proud-Drake ft Nicki Minaj: Yeah, at this point, I was getting sick and tired of Drake. Whatever hopes I had for him was slowly starting to fade and songs like Make Me Proud don’t exactly help. First off, the beat sounds unsettling, thanks to that gurgling sound that’s supposed to be the melody and the sloppy synths on the chorus. Also, the content of the song, as well as the title, is just gross. For goodness sake, with how much he says he’s proud of her and the amount of overpraise, Drake is talking to this girl like she’s a fucking infant. And then Nicki Minaj shows up for a mediocre verse.

He asked my sign, I said a Sag'
I'm a star, Sheriff badge,
What's the point? If I'm guardin'
Double D up hoes, Dolly Parton

Yes, she said that. And you wonder why I gave up on Nicki. When it comes to Drake songs, I don’t hear a lot of people mention this song and listening to it, I can see why. I give this an F. Oh, but we’re not done with Drake just yet.

The Motto-Drake ft Lil Wayne: The song that popularized the phrase YOLO, which stands for You Only Live Once. I was in my senior year in high school when The Motto was huge. I didn’t like it back then, I still don’t like it now. A cheap barebones beat, more empty luxury bragging, and an obnoxious chorus. Oh, and there’s Lil Wayne who said the following lines:

Almost drowned in her pussy so I swam to her butt
Wish a nigga would like a tree in this bitch
And if a leaf fall put some weed in that bitch

I tongue kiss her other tongue
Skeet skeet skeet: water gun
Oh my God, Becky, look at her butt! Tunechi!

Yeah, get this bullshit out of here. I give this song an F.

Drank In My Cup-Kirko Bangz: With Drake’s popularity, of course, you’re gonna have copycats and none in 2012 were more obvious than Houston’s own Kirko Bangz, a guy whose name sounds way too much like Kurt Cobain, but whose music isn’t as good. His only hit is Drank In My Cup. This song perfectly captures what it feels like to drink lean, in that you feel drowsy and are one step closer to death. You can thank the beat for that, which goes for the watered-down version of the chopped-and-screwed sound. Kirko Bangz is Auto-Tuned to death while he takes pages out of the Drake book as he’s attempting to steal another man’s girlfriend. Charming. Pour this drank in the toilet and flush. I give it an F.

Cashin’ Out-Cash Out: From one one-hit wonder to another. And I don’t get it. This is Cashin’ Out by Cash Out because naming a song after your stage name isn’t gimmicky at all. I wish I had much to say about this song, but it is so generic. The generic trap beat with twinkling synths and strings, more empty bragging, and a rapper whose voice should be barred from any microphone. No skills, no personality, and straight-up annoying. I don’t get why this became a hit in the first place. I give it an F.

Mercy-Kanye West ft Big Sean, Pusha T, & 2 Chainz: In 2012, the GOOD Music label put out a compilation album titled Cruel Summer, an appropriate title as listening to the whole thing felt cruel. But it did have some good songs on it like Mercy. I like this haunting minimal beat with a dancehall sample and some swelling synths. In terms of verses, Pusha T and Kanye were the best. 2 Chainz was alright and Big Sean?

Okay, drop it to the floor, make that ass shake (shake, shake…)
Woah, make the ground move: that's an ass quake
Built a house up on that ass: that's an ass-tate
Roll–roll–roll my weed on it: that's an ass tray

We get it, dude. You made a song called Ass. No need to beat it into the ground. Mercy is just another bragging song, which should be obvious since it’s named after a Lamborghini car, but it’s a dope ass song and I would give it a B.

No Lie-2 Chainz ft Drake: Nowadays, I’m okay with 2 Chainz, but previously, I couldn’t stand him. I found him to be annoying and his music was hot garbage. Case in point, No Lie. Featuring a dull ass Mike Will Made-It beat, this song is a showcase of 2 Chainz at his worst, saying his life should be on a Cinemax movie, kidnapping your girlfriend and feeding her to his mattress (must be a monster), and claiming to be 2Pac without a nose ring, a statement that is laughable at best and not in a good way. But we also got Drake, who contributes another boring chorus and a verse where he whines about Rihanna. No lie, this song blows and it’s getting an F from me.

Gangnam Style-Psy: Who remembers THIS song? It was the viral sensation to beat all viral sensations. It had a dance that everyone was doing. At one point, the video to this song used to be the most viewed video on YouTube and it was the first to reach a billion views. Now let’s talk about it: Gangnam Style from South Korean singer/rapper Psy. If you translate the lyrics, it’s a satire of the high-class lifestyle of those who live in the Gangnam District of Seoul. This especially rings true when you compare it to the music video. Gangnam Style is silly, goofy, and ridiculous with a dance beat that could have only exist in 2012, yet I still kinda enjoy it. Ever since this song, Psy had been trying to recapture that lightning in a bottle with little to no success here in the US. He’s still big in South Korea with eight number one singles there. I give Gangnam Style a B.

I Cry-Flo Rida: I talked about this song on an old Random WTF Lyrics and I’m gonna talk about it again. Flo Rida’s I Cry, his attempt at making something deeper than shallow club music and failing spectacularly at it as well. Don’t be fooled by the title of this song and the chorus that samples Cry (Just A Little) by Bingo Players, this is just another dance song. What little sadness is expressed is just empty platitudes. How did anyone fall for this crap? I give it a D.




Gangnam Style


No Lie


Make Me Proud

And those were the number one songs on the Hot Rap Songs chart of 2012. Next time, we’ll conclude this entire series by looking at the number one songs on the Hot Rap Songs chart of 2013.


6 thoughts on “Hot Rap Songs Review: 2012

  1. Make Me Proud- this doesn’t make me proud. Really stupid but also funny with how Drake talks to this girl as a child doing everything for the first time

    The Motto- really boring and stupid. I also didn’t realize the whole YOLO trend came from this song

    Drank In My Cup- pretty stupid R&B/hip-hop party song

    Cashin Out- Another stupid trap bragging song. And the title is almost prophetic since Cash Out would cash out after this song

    Mercy- disagree with your opinion. I can’t stand that pitch shifted vocal on the chorus and while the performances were fine for the most part it’s nothing special

    No Lie- Agree. I can’t stand 2 Chainz’s delivery, the lyrics are really stupid and Drake delivers another filler hook

    Gangnam Style- Being in eight grade, I remember this song being everywhere back then with everyone doing the dance and posting their own video parodies. Even with the silliness and overplay, I also enjoy the song for how fun it is even if I don’t know the actual lyrics. It’s clear Psy was never gonna reach these heights again in America and he knew it no matter how desperate he gets.

    I Cry- it also sampled Piano In The Dark by Brenda Russell for the chorus lyrics. Yeah it is funny with how Flo Rida tries to trick us by the title into thinking this is a deeper song than the generic club rap he’s known for. But I have to admit that chorus really gets me and I can’t help but sing along. Like I said earlier regarding what Todd in the Shadows said about Flo Rida, he’s really good at creating hooks and are most of the time the best part of his songs. But once Flo Rida starts to rap on the verses I immediately lose interest. His songs are passable at best if he has a good hook though Sugar, Right Round, In The Ayer, and Whistle all sucked. I Cry aside from the deception doesn’t warrant any hatred from me. It’s just meh as a whole. Here’s another WTF lyric you could do on the song “Can’t let go I got fans in Okinawa. My heart to Japan quake losers and survivors. Norway no you didn’t get my flowers. No way to say it better but the killer was a coward.”

    Best Hit Songs of 2012
    1)Some Nights by fun.
    2)It’s Time by Imagine Dragons
    3)Somebody That I Used To Know by Gotye ft. Kimbra
    4)Set Fire To The Rain/Rumour Has It by Adele
    5)So Good by B.o.B
    6)Young, Wild & Free by Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa ft. Bruno Mars
    7)Paradise by Coldplay
    8)Everybody Talks by Neon Trees
    9)Adorn by Miguel
    10)Lights by Ellie Goulding
    Honorable Mentions
    We Are Young by fun. ft. Janelle Monáe
    Wide Awake by Katy Perry
    It Will Rain by Bruno Mars
    Good Time by Carly Rae Jepsen & Owl City
    In Paris by JAY-Z & Kanye West
    Domino by Jessie J
    Gangnam Style by Psy
    Home by Phillip Phillips
    Springsteen by Eric Church
    Ho Hey by The Lumineers
    Blown Away by Carrie Underwood
    Climax by Usher
    Red Solo Cup by Toby Keith
    Die Young by Kesha
    Take A Little Ride by Jason Aldean
    Even If It Breaks Your Heart by Eli Young Band

    Worst Hit Songs of 2012
    1)Birthday Cake (Remix) by Rihanna ft. Chris Brown
    2)Dance A$$ (Remix) by Big Sean ft. Nicki Minaj
    3)Rack City by Tyga
    4)Want U Back by Cher Lloyd
    5)Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen
    6)Boyfriend/As Long As You Love Me ft. Big Sean by Justin Bieber
    7)Turn Me On by David Guetta ft. Nicki Minaj
    8)Whistle by Flo Rida
    9)We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together by Taylor Swift
    10)Love You Like A Love Song by Selena Gomez & The Scene
    Dishonorable Mentions
    Payphone ft. Wiz Khalifa/One More Night by Maroon 5
    Starships/Pound The Alarm by Nicki Minaj
    What Makes You Beautiful by One Direction
    Drive By/50 Ways To Say Goodbye by Train
    The Motto by Drake ft. Lil Wayne
    Where Have You Been by Rihanna
    Mercy by Kanye West ft. Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz
    No Lie by 2 Chainz ft. Drake
    Brokenhearted by Karmin
    Back In Time by Pitbull
    Drank In My Cup by Kirko Bangz
    Turn Up The Music by Chris Brown
    5 O’Clock by T-Pain ft. Wiz Khalifa & Lily Allen
    We Run The Night by Havana Brown ft. Pitbull
    Cashin Out by Ca$h Out


  2. Not gonna lie, I actually do like both Drank In My Cup and Cashin’ Out. Don’t get me wrong, they’re nothing more than generic club bangers, but in reality you can do much worse than these songs. Kirk is from Houston, so of course the chopped and screw sound is gonna be present in his music. The lyrics are crap and Kirko’s delivery is hit-and-miss, but it works for me. Honestly, there’s worse rappers out there than Ca$h Out. Sure the guy was nothing but a gimmick and obviously nothing more than a novelty act, especially with that name, but he’s nothing more than mediocre at best. But the beat bumps and the chorus is catchy, despite the lame braggadocious lyrics and Ca$h Out’s mediocre rapping ability. 2012 was the point where Drake started really getting overexposed and the quality of his music really started to decline. The Motto was awful, and I hated the fact that it inspired that stupid moniker Y.O.L.O. and that people lost their lives because of their foolish actions thanks to Drake and his boring and annoying, piece of shit song. Make Me Proud was pretty crappy as well. Gangnam Style is great and I don’t give two shit about what anyone thinks about the song. Anyone that hates the song can suck, it’s a great novelty hit and one of the few viral songs that was any good. Still, I can’t really call this a rap song. It’s an obvious pop song. Same goes for all of Flo-Rida’s music. They’re all pop songs with rapping in it, they don’t count as actual hip hop songs. I Cry is mediocre and a lame attempt by Flo-Rida to sound deep. Still can’t believe Todd put this on his Best Of 2012 list. Then again, putting Closer as his #1 song of 2016 is the biggest blunder of his career so far. No Lie sucks, and I hated 2 Chainz in 2012 when he was everywhere, I thought he was a talentless hack. He’s gotten better over the years, though. Although even then, his verse on Mercy was surprisingly decent and that song which is Kanye’s last really big hit to date, is dope. Everyone brought it except Big Sean. But he didn’t bother too much. Not a great year for mainstream rap, but not the worst.

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  3. How do you feel about the fact that Gangnam Style got cockblocked from being number 1 for 7 weeks because of Maroon 5


    1. In the history of about twenty five years of hip hop 2012 gets the dishonor of worst year in hip hop history. Yet somewhere in the sea of F rated songs the seeds for cloud rap and vine rap have been planted.


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