Jay-Z and Eminem, two of the greatest rappers of all time, perform together. Matt Sayles. Troy L. Smith, cleveland.
'Started From the Bottom'
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. After all, numbers don't lie. On the other side of the tracks, Kanye West's 'Yeezus' tested the limits of hip-hop and its listeners, but not without regressing to his old soulful sound with 'Bound 2'; J. There could have been so many Drake songs on this list. But 'Started From the Bottom' is where it all started no pun intended for Drake in his mission to claim as his own.
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On October 20, , Billboard relaunched many of its charts by incorporating the same methodology used for determining the rankings on the Billboard Hot by a combination of sales, airplay, and streaming activity. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. List of number-one rap albums of U. List of Hot number-one singles of U. October 11, Retrieved February 7, January 5, December 28, Retrieved December 28, January 12,
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. He stepped his bars up too, sneaking in inventive flows and bugged-out imagery on stoned meditations like "S. S" and "Watching Movies. French Montana spends his studio debut bumbling along over bombastic beats and somehow winding up in exactly the right place.