It was also a great year for underground flag-carriers like Run the Jewels and Ka and regional stars like Yo Gotti. At times, it felt like almost every rapper in the world put out an album this year. So who did it best? Read on for our Top Mac Miller surprised critics and fans alike with his experimental Album Two. The plucky Pittsburgh MC culled influences from everyone from Flying Lotus to Schoolboy Q, while showcasing his own brand of dusty, space-funk-influenced production.
If you look back at all the albums and mixtapes that came out this past year, it's hard to deny that 's been a helluva year for hip-hop. Even the notion that we're in a new Golden Age has been tossed around this particular writer will say that, yes, it's a terrific period for indie rap but we shouldn't get ahead of ourselves. When it comes down to the best rap songs of the year, however, we get a slightly different picture. The popularity of singles are, by nature, dictated by chart performance, radio play and club rotation y'know, things that are supposedly killing hip-hop , so what's "hotter" ultimately outweighs what's "better. So yeah, there are some pretty obvious picks here, but that's not to say they aren't deserving.
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Jay-Z and Eminem, two of the greatest rappers of all time, perform together. Matt Sayles. Troy L. Smith, cleveland. For a while there was just East Coast and West Coast rap with Southern hip-hop creeping into the mainstream. After the start of the new millennium, everything exploded. An endless number of hits came from various genres, producing some of the most creative and polarizing music in hip-hop history. Here we count down the greatest hip-hop songs released since , starting with one of the best selling artists of that time:. Universal Records.
As ever, has been a big year for hip hop with releases from Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Lil Wayne and J Cole to name a few showing the music world how it's done. It's not been easy, but we've picked the 20 tracks we'll still be loving when hits. It was accompanied by possibly the most talked about music video of , but it didn't take Kim Kardashian for 'Bound 2' to get the music world's attention. The song was a runaway hit and it's still a favourite. Following on from their blow away debut with 'Thrift Shop,' Macklemore and Ryan Lewis came back with a second banger. No wonder they've got all those Grammy nominations. Its been a killer year for Drake with hit after hit - 'Hold On' wont be the first time you see Drizzy on this list. It wasn't the first collaboration we heard from Jay Z and JT this year and we're sure it wont be the last in their careers, but it is one of the best. Made for the opening and closing credits for 'Fast And The Furious 6,' the song was only released as a bonus track on 2 Chainz album but peaked in the top 10 around the globe.