10 Best Hip Hop 2009 Songs
The 10 best hip hop 2009 songs came from a number of players, but some repeated themselves because they were just that awesome. 2009 was a year when many artists mixed pop and hip hop, earning the respect of fans on both sides of the fence with the mixed genre.
- "Run This Town" Jay-Z, Rihanna and Kanye West come together on the same track with “Run This Town.” With references to John Dillinger and his girlfriend and “all black everythings,” this was truly the song of any gang who wished to run the streets of any city.
- "Forever" Drake made his official debut with this song, which also featured the likes of Li’l Wayne, Kanye West and Eminem. Each tried to outdo the other one, but in the end, they all made the song one of the best hip hop songs of 2009.
- "Throw It in the Bag" Although some might question the motivation behind the song, you have to admit that “Throw It in the Bag” is pretty catchy, especially for anyone who loves bank robber movies. Fabolous did, well, a fabulous job on this best hip hop track.
- "We Made You" Eminem’s Relapse album had several hits, but this one received the most radio play. Everyone was just so glad to have their favorite white rapper back on the air waves that no one complained that he was dissing so many lovely ladies on the same track.
- "Empire State of Mind" Just when you were about to think Jay-Z was done for the year, he featured himself on Alicia Keys’ hip hop piano anthem, “Empire State of Mind.” No one would ever guess he loved New York.
- "Crack a Bottle" Eminem brought along some buddies to help him out with one of the best hip hop songs of 2009, “Crack a Bottle.” Dr. Dre and 50 Cent both spoke their peace on this hit, which was one of the other most popular Relapse raps.
- "Welcome to the World" It would seem Kevin Rudolf just can’t produce a single without featuring one of his friends. For “Welcome to the World” he tapped 50 Cent’s nemesis, Rick Ross, to do the honors. But honestly, Rudolf could have made it a great hit in his own right.
- "I Love College" Newcomer Asher Roth nearly went out of his way to make his hit dirtier than anything Eminem ever wrote. He almost did it, too, in what some consider one of the best hip hop songs of 2009.
- "Knocks You Down" Keri Hilson had herself quite a great two-year run by the time you factor in her feature on Timbaland’s “The Way I Are” and “Knocks You Down” with Ne-Yo and Kanye West. Somehow, these three managed to get together and write an almost-squeaky-clean hit. Almost.
- "Dead and Gone" Before T.I. was known for drug busts and weapons arrests, he provided the rap talent to Justin Timberlake’s piano hit, “Dead and Gone.” It was probably more prophetic than T.I. realized.