Newer and newer songs are coming out everyday, but only a few share space at the stop. Reaching the half way mark of 2013, read our list of the best hip hop songs so far.
10. “Collosus,” Tyler the Creator
Wolf is a masterpiece of sound and attitude, as Tyler proved in “Collosus,” a seeming reference to Eminem’s Stan, only more sinister if not altogether Tyler-ish. With an odd piano backing track which was composed by Tyler himself, the Odd Future leader goes on with his anti-fan, anti-establishment rants like he is talking to them face-to-face. And yet, this is goes another of Tyler’s alter-egos. And yet.
9. “Pusha Man/ Paranoia,” Chance the Rapper feat Nate Fox, Lili K.
This 7-minute extravaganza is dope. With an acid rap production at its finest, Chance the Rapper’s buffonish rapping contrasts with the smooth beats that is just plain slick and sick. With two songs melded into one, any listender would play the song on loop and would hear something new every time.
8. “Blurred Lines,” Robin Thicke feat. Pharell, T.I.
“Blurred Lines” is perhaps the Summer Song of 2013. Hitting the charts at the Number 1, Robin Thicke’s pop sensibilties are to be reckoned with. With Pharell and T.I., “Blurred Lines” easily became a dance club favorite.
7. “Thift Shop,” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
Macklemore is making a name chugging out hits, and definitely is worth the respect. In “Thrift Shop,” Mack goes on how he people are buying things that are beyond their wallet’s abilities, and how he frequents thift shops to buy his things, unlikes other artists who thinks they deserve to enjoy consumerist lifestyles because of their fame. Pretty great insight, actually. Fame has rendered him incapable of going into his favorite spots, however.
6. “They Die by Dawn,” The Bullitts feat. Yasiin Bey, Jay Electronica
Django Unchained, anyone? Inspired by Western spaghetti movies, The Bullitts tells a great story with their track “They Die by Dawn.” Introduced with an intriguing narration by Yasiin Bey aka Mos Def, then proceeding with a tight synthesizer groove provided by Jay Electronica, the song is worth its place on this list for its lyricism, grooviness, and of course its movie-like music video that would make anyone crave to play some Red Dead Redemption or to whip their sofas like they were horses.
5. “Power Trip,” J. Cole feat. Miguel
Perhaps one of J. Cole’s most elegantly produced singles, “Power Trip” has the hook to capture an unwitting listener and the rhymes to make them stay. Although dripping with naïve irony, with lines like “They’ll never play this shit on the radio,” J. Cole still retains his sensitive lyricism with a touch of cutesy self-defeatism. But hey, he has the chops to a pull a hit song, even a track that is certainly made without the intention to be so.
4. “Black Skinhead,” Kanye West
“New Slaves” may have generated all that hype with its building side projection video gimmick, but “Black Skinhead” also deserves a place onthe list because of its nostalgic and rebellious energy. Kanye’s new found activism may not appeal to all listeners or even his fans, but this track is as rabid and ferocious with its punk-rap verve and has drawn listeners with its fresh aggressiveness.
3. “Get Lucky,” Daft Punk feat. Pharell
Daft Punk’s new album is so highly anticipated that its first single “Get Lucky” got high into the charts as soon as it came out of the oven. Daft Punk is known for being a dance music phenomenon, and with its latest track, internet memes and street dances easily got the groove. With Pharell giving the necessary hip hop boost, “Get Lucky” is definitely one of the years best songs. For any questions or doubts, just go to your local club and be enlightened.
2. “Animal Pharm” by Lupe Fiasco feat. Thom Yorke
Only genuises like Lupe Fiasco will pull off a George Orwell reference without sounding pretentious or looking like a hipster jerk. Deep not only in matters of words or rhymes, “Animal Pharm” plays with the mind and forces you to think. Lupe only elevated the density by working with Thom Yorke, another radical nut, bringing an iconic Radiohead-ish feel to the beat. After weeks of serious research and literary analysis, hell, we still don’t know what this sick track really means.
1. “New Slaves,” Kanye West feat.. Frank Ocean
When you are black and you talk about oppression and race, people would often take you as a stereotypical ranting black bum. But not for Kanye, as he elevated social criticism into a whole new level with his hit single “New Slaves,” a scathing criticism of corporatism which goes beyond issues of race. Teaming up with Frank Ocean, Kanye’s minimalist, synthesizer-driven track reflects the increasing oppressive uniformity imposed by the Man. It is this high in the charts, proving it is ‘the dick rather than the swallower.’
So, here goes our list of the best hip hop songs so far. Tell us your opinions, thoughts, suggestions, and let’s hear them out. Drop by our comment section and let’s talk it out!