10 Best Rap Music Videos 2009
If you're looking to find the 10 best rap music videos of 2009, then look no further than here. Admittedly, 2009 wasn't an ideal for quality music, but then again, the same could be said for the past few years, even right now in 2010. We have Auto-Tune and Techno-Rap to thank for that. However, we've done our best to dig out a few artifacts that at least somewhat resemble what music videos "used" to look and sound like prior to Darth T-Pain's robotic tendencies plagued the scene.
- "D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)" by Jay-Z. The best rap music video of 2009 is one that contains an important message about the current state of the music industry: Auto-Tune. As Jay-Z states, what was once a trend has now become a gimmick. Gone are the days of good music, replaced by ridiculous Auto-Tune.
- "Paranoid" by Kanye West featuring Mr. Hudson. Filled with many abstract noir concepts and artistic imagery akin to Stanley Kubrick's "A Clockwork Orange," Kanye West's "Paranoid" centers around Rihanna, who plays the paranoid girl who undergoes a nightmarish dream sequence in which she is being chased, and Kanye himself isn't exactly human.
- "Ego (Remix)" by Beyonce featuring Kanye West. Decked out in glittery leotards and filmed in black and white, Beyonce's "Ego (Remix)" continues the concept of simplicity with the set containing nothing but a glossy black background with excellent choreography. The remix is the same as the original except it begins with Kanye rapping in the beginning in an empty room.
- "Knock You Down" by Keri Hilson featuring Kanye West and Ne-Yo. This exquisite combination of rap and R&B as performed by this magnificent trio of artists makes for a quite noteworthy 2009 rap music video. The video features them in different settings as they perform their individual verses.
- "Run This Town" by Jay-Z featuring Rihanna and Kanye West. Jay-Z, Kanye West and Rihanna play the role of the New World Order in a post-apocalyptic Earth where they...well...run everything. The 2009 rap music video is far more nitty-gritty looking than most, featuring a dark concept.
- "Walkin' on the Moon" by The-Dream featuring Kanye West. The-Dream makes a fun homage to the legendary Michael Jackson in a futuristic setting that pays tribute to Jackson's 90's music video "Scream." Throw in a flirtatious rap by Kanye West, plenty of hot chicks prancing around on a spaceship, and you've got one of the best rap music videos of 2009.
- "Break Up" by Mario featuring Sean "The Pen" Garrett and Gucci Mane. Featuring one of the most catchy hooks and rhythms as of recent, Mario's "Break Up" takes place in and around a brand new apartment complex in Baltimore, Maryland as well as some shots in Mario's actual apartment. The real star of this video is Mario's lead girl, Audra from the R&B girl group RichGirl, who is as fine as can be.
- "I Wanna Rock" by Snoop Dogg. Let's face it, Snoop Dogg hasn't been on top of the game for a long time, he simply isn't what he used to be, but at least he hasn't fallen victim to the Auto-Tune gimmick. He has, however, fallen victim to approving of gay dancers in retro-fitted gear.
- "Work" by Ciara featuring Missy Elliott. What better combination for a female empowerment duo than Ciara and Missy Elliott? This construction-themed video is set in and around a construction worker site where Ciara, Missy Elliott and a bunch of sexy female dancers are the construction workers.
- "Day 'N' Night" by Kid Cudi. We'll admit that this wasn't our top choice, hence it is coming in at the very, very bottom of the list, but since it was a popular rap video request, it's here (unfortunately). How does one sum up this excuse for a song and video? Let's see: drugs, stoners, choppy editing and Techno-Rap. Yeah, that pretty much sums it up.