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.
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.