Check out a handful of songs that helped define modern hip-hop.
In this week’s playlist, the theme revolves around songs that I would consider a modern classic, encapsulating influential artists and their respective music. Get ready to sing these songs word-for-word.
Apparently x J. Cole
Beginning with a strong sense of vulnerability, Cole discloses how much he cherishes his mother. Yet, in that second verse, Cole goes off. Full of double entendres and lyrical magic, Cole proves just how talented he is. 2014 Forest Hills Drive is an album that will be remembered for decades to come.
All Of The Lights x Kanye West
Everything about this song is literally insane. The production, back-up vocals, features, and instruments are such diverse elements that somehow seamlessly integrate with each other to create a unique masterpiece. Kid Cudi, Rihanna, and others helped propel this track to greatness. MBDTF may, hands down, be Kanye’s best album; with songs like this, I am not surprised.
Goldie x A$AP Rocky
The A$AP Mob is full of talented rappers, but the most notable of them all might just be Rocky himself. This track is Rocky at his best, bar after bar full of gloat and superiority. The instrumental isn’t bad, either. He’s been in the industry for years and shows no signs of slowing down.
Man Of The Year x ScHoolboy Q
TDE boasts an impressive line-up of musicians, and with an artist like ScHoolboy Q, we can see why. After he dropped the album Oxymoron, I never looked at bucket hats the same way. For sure, he was the man of the year with a song like this, portraying his unique, raspy voice.
Forever (feat. Kanye West, Lil Wayne, & Eminem) x Drake
Drake needs no introduction, constantly topping the charts with his tracks. With Forever, Drake found early success that marked the start of an influential career. This is such an illustrious line-up–fresh, hungry rapping Aubrey and co. Even Sprite recognized just how special this track was!
B*tch, Don’t Kill My Vibe x Kendrick Lamar
There is a lyrical mastermind that exists in the same world as we do and his name is Kendrick Lamar Duckworth. Creating instant classics, this particular song expresses Kenny’s disdain for those wanting to ruin his motives and his ambience. If I could add all of the songs from good kid, m.A.A.d city, I would. He’s just that gifted.
Day ‘N’ Night (nightmare) x Kid Cudi
Who would’ve thought Cudi and Kanye would join forces a decade after this track to form Kids See Ghosts and release an excellent album? Day ‘N’ Nite showcased some of Cudi’s notable characteristics and lyrics. Its influence has been so prominent, he even remade it on a Travis Scott track. (Also, Kid Cudi’s humming is a blessing to us all.)
3500 x Travis Scott & Future & 2 Chainz
Travis Scott’s album Rodeo is a favorite from hip-hop fans all over. It established the foundation for his credentials and showcased Travis’s artistic abilities. Featuring notable rappers Future and 2 Chainz, this was a sign of what was to come for Travis. We still want AstroWorld to drop, though.
She Will x Lil Wayne & Drake
When you hear that iconic inhale from Weezy, you just know the track is going to be good. Back when YMCMB was the biggest thing to exist, this mellow track illustrates the musical abilities Lil Wayne was known for. They said “choose wisely,” that’s why I was chosen… One of the greatest rappers of this era.
Dreams and Nightmares x Meek Mill
Hold up wait a minute, y’all thought I was finished?! Two words: beat change. Although the beef with Drizzy was fun while it lasted, Meek holds his own in the rap industry. As a matter of fact, this song might just be the unofficial anthem of Philly, or at least it sounds like it after the Eagles won the Super Bowl. We’re ending this playlist with a bang!