2007, despite its numerous disappointments, spawned many memorable moments. Like the theme music to a good movie, these songs underscored a unique year in hip-hop. Ladies and Gentlemen, grab your iPods! Cue the time machine! It's time to rewind 2007 and explore the year's best 100 rap songs.
[Disclaimer: The songs were ranked on production quality, lyrical appeal, and overall impact. It's a highly subjective list and I'm not claiming it to be the gospel.
Every now and then you'll come across a song that everyone can identify with, irrespective of status or background. Anime's "Tell Myself I'm Happy" is one of those songs.
Backed by Swizz Beatz, Cassidy delivers an instruction on how to multitask in the club.
98. Ja Rule feat. The Game - Sunset
Ja toasts to the Golden State ("I'm from New York, but I love California-e") alongside one of its favorite sons.
The best rap group with the worst name contribute to one of the year's highlights with this irresistibly catchy tune about eloping to Mexico.
Hip-hop O.G. reaffirms his status as a top shelf artist over N.O. Joe's southern-fried production.
© Nature Sounds
Sure Hell Razah and Tragedy held their own on this, but it was R.A.'s lung-snapping wordplay that made this one a keeper.
94. LL Cool J feat. Kool G Rap, Mobb Deep, 50 Cent & Tony Yayo - Queens
It's a Queens thing, as LL and friends shout out their New York neighborhood. L sneaks in a subliminal slap at Def Jam (then headed by Jay-Z and L.A. Reid). But even without the Def Jam snipe, this is still one of uncle L's better songs in years.
© Def Jam
No, it's not a response to LL's "Queens," but it's an equally endearing 'hood tribute. Aided by a familiar Biggie line ("Where Brooklyn at?"), Fab and Jay get majestic over a booming bass that sounds like you just crashed a block party, with Uncle Murder riding shotgun.
Technically, Akir's debut CD Legacy
was released two years ago via Viper Records. But, Babygrande Records snatched up the project and re-issued it in July 2007 to give those who slept on this great record a chance at redemption. "Treason," a surreal social protest, is the album's magnum opus
91. Beanie Sigel - What They Gonna Say to Me
A nasty exercise in braggart rap. Sigel huffs and puffs, but delivers the goods in the end. Too bad, the rest of The Solution
didn't live up to par.