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Top 10 Rap Songs for August 19, 2009

A brief countdown of this week's best hip-hop songs.


This week's Top 10 includes two new entrants - Nas' "Film" and Beanie Sigel's new single, "Ready for War."

10. Beanie Sigel - "Ready for War" (Feat. Freeway & Young Chris)

Beanie Sigel - Broad Street Bully
The Broad Street Bully is back. Sigel's new set, Broad Street Bully, is slated for release on September 1st, 2009. Is it just me or does Young Chris sound like Jay-Z on "Money Goes, Honey Stay"?

9. J. Cole - "Lights Please"

With so many people picking up the mic these days, it's almost impossible to find a breath of fresh air. J Cole is one of just few MCs who may be able to pull away from the pack. Being the first signee on Jay-Z's Roc Nation roster doesn't hurt.

8. Jay-Z - "Run This Town" (Feat. Rihanna & Kanye West)

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Though "Run This Town" is not the instant Jay-Z banger we've grown accustomed to, it gets better with repeat spins. Kanye goes toe to toe with Jay, while Rihanna supplies the hook. A music video for the single is set to premiere next week.

7. Nas - "Film" (Produced by C-Sick)

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"Film" is the product of a collaboration between Nas and 2008 Big Tune beat battle winner C-Sick.

6. Raekwon - "House of Flying Daggers"

Raekwon serves up a certified WU banger, alongside Ghostface Killah. In a recent interview with Angela Yee, Ghost revealed that he's heavily featured on Rae's Only Built 4 Cuban Linx 2.

5. Brother Ali - "Us"

"Us" is the title track from Brother Ali's new album. The early verdict on Us is that it offers a profound personal glimpse into a vulnerability seldom seen or heard in music, while simultaneously touching on the strengths and flaws of the human condition. Ali explores such topics as drug abuse, divorce, homophobia on the new album, due out on September 22nd.

4. Slaughterhouse - "Cuckoo"

Joell Ortiz's rugged Noo Yawk rap steals the show on this comical cut from Slaughterhouse's self-titled LP.

3. Fabolous - "Everything, Everyday, Everywhere" (Ft. Keri Hilson & Ryan Leslie)

Equal parts R&B, equal parts braggart rap, "Everything, Everyday, Everywhere" celebrates Loso's ability to flip rhymes on even the smoothest of beats. It's one of several R-Les-produced tracks on Loso's Way.

2. Mos Def - "Casa Bey"

Mos Def will be hitting the road hard between from August till October to plug his most recent ear candy, The Ecstatic, from which "Casa Bey" is taken. Consult our Mos Def Tour Schedule for dates and venues.

1. Rakim - "Holy Are You"

Laced by longtime Rakim collaborator Nick Wiz, "Holy Are You" embodies Rakim's views on spirituality using artistic interpretation of scriptures as its primary vehicle. Ra's first album in a decade, The Seventh Seal, is scheduled for Fall.
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