- Roddy Ricch, “The Box” Roddy Ricch’s “The Box” rose from a TikTok behemoth to conquer the Hot 100 for 11 weeks from January to March, owning 2020 just as the year had gotten started.
- Cardi B feat. Megan Thee Stallion, “WAP” What many considered to be one of the most controversial songs of 2020 for its sexually explicit nature also became one of its most viral celebrations of female empowerment, from two household names of hip-hop.
- DaBaby featuring Roddy Ricch, “Rockstar” Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Doja Cat and Megan Thee Stallion all had No. 1 singles competing for the Song of the Summer crown this year — and yet none of them could compete with “Rockstar,” which spent seven weeks atop the Hot 100.
- Megan Thee Stallion feat. Beyoncé, “Savage” (Remix) Houston bred both Megan Thee Stallion and Beyoncé, and the dynamic duo fed its beloved hometown with a robust anthem — and more literally, with tons of food, as part of the song’s COVID-19 charitable component.
The best hip-hop songs of all time are the songs that touch our souls. They make us smile, laugh, cry, think, and shake what our mama (or papa) gave us. Covering more than four decades, here are the 100 greatest rap songs of all time: 01 of 10 Top 100 Rap Songs: 100-91
- Armand Hammer and the Alchemist: “Stonefruit” NYC rappers Elucid and billy woods have been making uncompromising music together as Armand Hammer since 2013, but this year’s collab with veteran producer the Alchemist, Haram, finds them at a rarified new level.
- Azealia Banks: “Fuck Him All Night” Like the bimbo, the bitch is a classic archetype. Half self-styled genius, half-warrior, the bitch feeds cannilly on the tender meat of respectability politics, refuses to accept an L, and embraces hostility on a level so fundamental it might be cellular.
- Baby Keem: “family ties” [ft. Kendrick Lamar] “Family Ties” is IMAX rap—a multi-suite affair that opens with a horn fanfare and proceeds to cast a hungry upstart against his rejuvenated mentor, both eager to steal scenes.
- BabyTron: “Half-Blood Prince” Detroit rapper BabyTron can and will rap over anything. In the two years since his single “Cheat Code” went viral, he’s become as known for his ear for chaotic beats as he has for his absurd punchlines and punny mixtape titles (see: Sleeve Nash).
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