Here are the top 10 songs for this week as selected by the About Guide to rap/hip-hop. This list is based mainly on the popularity of the songs, aesthetic value, and their overall performance on various music charts.
1. T.I. - What You Know
T.I.'s catchy ditty has finally gained enough momentum to lead the pack, moving two places up from last week's position. T.I. has never had a shortage of catchy singles in his career. His first major hit was the rowdy ode to twinkies, "24's" from his most impressive album so far, Trap Muzik.
2. Kanye West featuring Lupe Fiasco - Touch The Sky
Kanye West slowly bows out of the top position this week, but his Late Registration album is still garnering critical sales. Lupe Fiasco, on the other hand, is now ready to test the hip-hop waters with his much-anticipated debut, Food & Liquor. Although Lupe is currently signed with Atlantic Records, Def Jam president Jay-Z has been invited to executive-produce Food & Liquor.
3. Ghostface featuring Ne-Yo - Back Like That
While Ghostface would have to wait at least another couple of weeks to find out how fans would respond to his upcoming Fishscale album, his collaborator and label-mate Ne-Yo is already celebrating. Ne-Yo's first outing, In My Own Words, debuted at #1 on Billboard and sold over 305,000 copies in its first week. Ghostface must be hoping he can come "Back Like That."
4. Busta Rhymes ft. Papoose, Mary J Blige, Lloyd Banks, etc - Touch It (Remix)
Listing all the collaborators on "Touch It (Remix)" would result in possibly the longest song title About has ever published. So, I'll pass. This remix doesn't break any new grounds but it is noticeably artistic in nature. The rappers start off each verse calmly, and then hype it up at Busta's beckoning. Busta's bodyguard Israel Ramirez was shot and killed at the video shoot for "Touch It (Remix)." Other rappers featured are DMX, Spliff Star, and Rah Digga.
5. Juvenile - Rodeo
Juvenile's 7th album, Reality Check, entered the Billboard charts at an impressive #1 this week. While Juve has expressed his displeasure toward fellow New Orleans rapper, Lil' Wayne, his next single "Get Ya Hustle On" is not aimed at Wayne, it's targetting a much bigger entity known as the government. Juvenile lost his home and a myriad of properties to the hurricane, and is in the process of rebuilding.
6. Juelz Santana - Oh Yes
Juelz Santana enters the top 10 this week with this bubbly single woven around his call-and-response style.
7. Remy Ma - Conceited
Terror Squad's first lady is still holding her own on this week's top 10. Her album, There's Something About Remy, has now spent four weeks on the Billboard Rap Albums chart. Big Pun is smiling somewhere.
8. Dem Franchize Boyz - Lean Wit It, Rock Wit It
"Lean Wit It, Rock Wit It" has already become the snap anthem for the 1st quarter of 2006. Remarkably, On Top Of Our Game is still #1 on the hip-hop albums chart.
9. 50 Cent featuring Olivia - Best Friend (Remix)
The musical chemistry between 50 and Olivia gave rise to this soundtrack favorite. 50 plans to release Olivia's Behind Closed Doors.
10. Bubba Sparxxx featuring Ying Yang Twins and Mr. Collipark - Ms. New Booty
Down with Big Boi of OutKast, Bubba Sparxxx is slated to drop The Charm in late April. His southern drawl and witty lyrics make him a distinct, easily-recognizable voice on the mic.