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Top 10 Rap Songs for August 20, 2008

Countdown of this week's best rap songs.

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Hits from New York heavyweight Jay-Z and Motor City whiz kid eLZhi are among this week's new entrants. Here's a rundown of the week's best rap songs.

10. T.I. - "Whatever You Like"

T.I.
© Atlantic
T.I.'s eagerness to appeal to a wide swath of music fans has prompted an assault of buzz singles -- 3 and counting -- from Paper Trail. "No Matter" will appease the thinking fan; "Swing Your Rag" will lure the clubgoer; and "Whatever You Like" will definitely win the hearts of female fans.

9. Young Jeezy - "Put On" (Feat. Kanye West)

© Def Jam
"Put On" may not be Jeezy's best single ever, but it's done wonders for the Snowman. The song has a buzz so big that Jay-Z decided to hop on it for a remix. Here's the "Put On" Remix in case you need a late pass.

8. Rhymefest - "Stolen"

Rhymefest - Stolen
© J Records
"Stolen," taken from Rhymefest's El Che album, weaves three narratives of African struggle, while referencing conflict-torn regions like Sierra Leone, Sudan, and Rwanda. The video is set in a classroom full of students as diverse as the countries in question.

7. T.I. - "No Matter What"

© Atlantic
"I'll weather whatever storm, make it out without a bruise," declares T.I. on "No Matter What." Armed with a synth-heavy banger, he shows strength in the midst of difficulties. Pretty much everything you could ask for from a king at this point.

6. The Game - "My Life" (Feat. Lil Wayne)

© Geffen
Game takes out a lifesize mirror and gets reflective for a moment, while Wayne provides the assist with a hook so cold he had to borrow T-Pain's robo-voice thingy to deliver it.

5. Jay-Z - "Jockin' Jay-Z (Dope Boy Fresh)"

Jay-Z
Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images
Jay-Z brushes the dirt off his shoulder on this drum-powered, SUV-ready track from Blueprint III. The album is slated for early December, and according to several reports, Kanye West is heavily involved in the production.

4. Big Boi - "Sumthin's Gotta Give" (Feat. Mary J Blige)

Big Boi - Sumthin's Gotta Give
© ZLG
"Sumthin's Gotta Give," the leadoff single from Sir Luscious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty, takes stock of America's economic woes and culminates with an Obama endorsement. As you can probably tell by now, rappers love Obama.

3. Killer Mike - "Pressure" (Feat. Ice Cube)

What do Killer Mike and Ice Cube have in common? Well, for starters, neither is interested in cookie-cutter music. "Pressure" is a rough, rugged, and raw cut from Killer Mike's I Pledge Allegiance to the Grind II.

2. eLZhi - "Motown 25" (Feat. Royce da 5'9")

© Fat Beats
This giddy lyrical back-and-forth is one reason to pick up eLZhi's The Preface, out now. El and fellow Motor City MC Royce engage in a fierce rhyming contest over Blackmilk's sample-heavy soundtrack. I've never heard so many multi-syllabic rhymes on one song.

1. Reks - "Say Goodnight"

Reks is not a household name, but his Premo-laced anthem deserves to be in your daily rotation. The rookie displays the poise of an OG and scores his first No.1 on our Weekly Top 10.
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