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Top 10 Rap Songs - September 11, 2011


A diverse menu of new hip-hop tunes for every taste bud, including entries by Kendrick Lamar, Blu, Shad, and Jadakiss. B-boys and b-girls, I give you this week's best hip-hop songs.

10. Kendrick Lamar (Ft. Busta Rhymes) - "Rigamortus" Remix

A thoroughly excited K.Dot premiered this at SOBs Wednesday night. Busta's verse reaffirms that his recent streak isn't a fluke. I imagine the CDQ sounds way better than this muffled clip. (If you find it before I do, please hit your boy up. Thanks in advance. I'll buy you a beer next time you're in H-town.)

9. Young Jeezy - "Trump"

Standout track from Da Snowman's new mixtape, Return of the Real 2. Donald Trump recently cosigned Bad Boy signee Mac Miller. Young Jeezy can hope, right?

8. Styles P - "She Will" / "Marvin's Room" Freestyle

P is gearing up for his fourth studio LP, Master of Ceremonies, due October 4. For now, he's rolled out a pair of freestyles atop Young Money beats to keep fans busy. P's new album features fellow D-Block members Sheek Louch and Jadakiss, as well as hip-hop Lloyd Banks, Pharrell, Pharoahe Monch, Aja, Rell and Avery Storm. Rick Ross and Busta Rhymes appeared on last week's No. 4 "Harsh." Pete Rock, Black Saun, Statik Selekta, Warren G, AraabMuzic, J. Music House, Phonix, Reef and others hold down production duties.

7. Rockie Fresh (Ft. Chamillionaire) - "Breakthrough"

Among Chamillionaire's protean talents is his ability to marry memorable raps with melodic hooks. Upstart Rockie Fresh benefits from that quality on "Breakthrough," a swift slice of ring walk rap. Taken from Rockie's upcoming mixtape, No Fear.

6. Ludacris (Ft. Waka Flocka Flame) - "Rich & Flexin'"

Sports one of the weirdest rap intros ever. Get past the opening moments and Luda's playful rhymes and inimitable drawl await, followed by Flocka going hard in the p-p-paint. Beat is guaranteed to smack the paint off your t-t-trunk.

5. Jadakiss - "Grind"

Brolic. Fuzzy. Smug. Gully. Likely to improve work ethic tenfold. May or may not appear on Top 5 Dead Or Alive.

4. J. Cole (Ft. Trey Songz) - "Can't Get Enough"

Lead single from The Sideline Story. Rough version has been making rounds on the web for awhile now. Mastered was sent to iTunes last weekend, with crispier vocals. Sidenote: Cole debuted another album cut, "God's Gift," in Toronto.

3. Blu - "Jesus"

New moniker (B). Same intricate rhymes. Soul-bathed production by Madlib. Title track from Jesus. An essential for true Blu fans and nonbelievers alike. Grab the free MP3 for a dose of the hazy gospel.

2. Shad - "Flawless"

Subtle as a shot of glass to the dome. Shad flowing like his life depends on one rhyme. Easily the best song on The New North LP. The album features 30 of Toronto's burgeoning hip-hoppers. Also on board: Boi-1da, Marco Polo, Kardinal Offishall, Tona.

1. Phonte (Ft. Elzhi) - "Not Here Anymore"

9th Wonder and Phonte reunite on "Not Here Anymore," the first single off the latter's new solo disc, Charity Starts At Home (Sept. 27). "Yes, Phonte spits Amazon flame/Watch 9th rekindle it," Tay boasts on the beautifully nostalgic gem. Never underestimate the power of indelible friendship and good food. © +FE Music

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