10 Best Rap Songs Of 2008
Sure, 2008 was filled with popular rap songs from the likes of Lil Wayne and Rick Ross that dominated the world's attention span, but these are the 10 best rap songs of 2008, based solely on creativity, not just radio spins. Enjoy the fruits of these artists who created rap songs back in 2008 that will be favorites for years to come.
- "Royal Flush" Outkast featuring Raekwon. Andre 3000 and Big Boi are already a royal flush as a duo, but when you add Raekwon the Chef to the card table, the results are nothing but kings and aces on the microphone. Andre 3000's last verse depicts the concept of right and wrong when you are faced with poverty, and should be a mandatory listen for all politicians.
- "Brooklyn We Go Hard" by Jay- Z featuring Santogold. When you let Jay-Z rap passionately about the place of his birth, have Santogold telling us about being a proud Brooklyn transplant, and have Kanye West scoring this cinematic song, the results cause goose-bumps. Jay-Z reminds his BK borough that they are being conditioned by the same obstacles that he overcame to rise to the top of the mountain.
- "Superstar" by Lupe Fiasco. Lupe is one of the most exceptional lyricists of 2008. His rap song about the highs and lows of being a superstar is timeless with it's articulate verses and addictive chorus.
- "Renaissance Rap" by Q-Tip. Q-Tip, from the groundbreaking band A Tribe Called Quest, fills 2008 with rap songs that started their own renaissance of artistic rebuilding for our often depressing culture. Tip gets you up to speed on his hip hop roots, and how they blossomed into the creative garden that he has been cultivating ever since.
- "Stay Up (Viagra)" by 88-Keys featuring Kanye West. This is one refreshingly hilarious rap song. The year of 2008 was so serious overall, and needed this soulful salute to "rising" to the occasion in the bedroom.
- "Don't Touch Me (Throw da Water on 'Em)" by Busta Rhymes. Even in 2008, seventeen years after Busta Rhymes' first professional performances, he is still making rap songs that never run out of energy. I recommend not driving your car to this song or you might crash it from his contagious hyper force. Wait until you get home safely.
- "Motown 25" by Elzhi featuring Royce Da 5'9. These Detroit, Michigan, lyrical ambassadors are basically putting on a "how to rap" seminar for our personal enjoyment. This song is filled with "Did he really say that?" moments.
- "Wow" by Johnson & Jonson. This Los Angeles partnership consisting of rapper Blu and producer Mainframe makes music that sounds like... wow! This is one rap song from 2008 that is so much of a club anthem that it makes you want to go get dressed up and have your own nightlife adventures.
- "Exhibit A (Transformations)" by Jay Electronica. This is just one exhibit of Jay Electronica's ability to remain an undaunted, pure poet. Jay comes across as someone who must have already experienced the future, and decided that it was only right to share it with the rest of us.
- "Give the Drummer Sum" by Black Milk. Here comes another important product of the Detroit hip hop oasis, with glowing talent. In 2008, Black Milk, a rapper and producer, marched to the beat of his own drum with this rap song that makes your head nod, whether you want it to or not.