Top 100 Greatest Songs By An XXL Freshman

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    Top 100 Greatest Songs By An <em>XXL</em> Freshman
    Through five years of <em>XXL</em> Freshman classes, there have been plenty of songs to remember. Still fresh off of the announcement of the 2012 Freshman class, it's time to celebrate the music of the many talented acts. Some of the cuts helped these artists secure a spot on the list, while others allowed them to blossom following their appearance on the cover. Commercial success and artistry are both part of the criteria. Here are the Top 100 Greatest Songs by an <em>XXL</em> Freshman.—<em>XXL Staff</em>
  • *Mickey Factz “Paradise” <p><b>Official Relase Date:</b> July 6, 2010
    100. Mickey Factz “Paradise”
    <b>Official Relase Date:</b> July 6, 2010<br />Mickey Factz—one of the lesser celebrated members of <i>XXL</i>’s Class of 2009—responded to the naysayers on this hard-hitting banger. “I was the guy to doubt/ They say I wasn’t it...Now they crowd around/Talking about they want a Flip/You know how that sound/Like the dumbest shit.” Word.<object style="height: 25px; width: 670px"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/uFViIhvPsvo?version=3&feature=player_detailpage"/><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"/><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always"/><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/uFViIhvPsvo?version=3&feature=player_detailpage" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" allowScriptAccess="always" width="670" height="25"/></object>
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    99. Cory Gunz "Outta My Mind," <em>Son of a Gun</em> (2011)
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> June 29, 2011<br />Fresh off of the first season of his MTV show <em>Son of a Gun</em> coming to a close, Cory Gunz let loose this song that he recorded while the cameras were rolling for the series. Maybe he's out of his mind, but he's into his rhymes. <br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/NBj09wqzUUs?version=3&hl=en_US"/><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"/><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"/><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/NBj09wqzUUs?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"/></object>
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  • *Freddie Gibbs, “National Anthem (Fuck the World),” <em>Str8 Killa</em> (2010)<br />
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    96. Hopsin “Sag My Pants,” <em>RAW</em> (2010) <br />
    <b>Official Release Date:</b> Nov. 19, 2010<br />Hopsin’s breakout record had the Cali native taking shots and giving a huge middle finger to everyone from Lil Wayne to Soulja Boy to LupeFiasco, while also firing shots his former label Ruthless Records andthe industry as a whole. The video for the rebellious and unapologetictrack received over eight millions views on YouTube. <br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie"value="http://www.youtube.com/v/gtfd69DfOak?version=3&hl=en_US"/><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"/><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"/><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/gtfd69DfOak?version=3&hl=en_US"type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25"allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"/></object>
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    95. Blu "No Greater Love," <em>Below the Heavens</em> (2007)
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> July 17, 2007 <br />For his breakout, critically acclaimed project with Exile, <em>Below the Heavens</em>, Blu showed his depth and passion for the music. On this love song, the Cali native lets his guard down and opens up. <br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/lzGIKShL1SI?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/lzGIKShL1SI?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
  • YG “Patty Cake,” <em>The Real 4Fingaz</em> (2010) <br />
    94. YG “Patty Cake,” <em>The Real 4Fingaz</em> (2010) <br />
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> February, 2011<br />To follow up the success of “Toot It and Boot It,” YG returned with another dance-ready anthem, “Patty Cake.” Though the title may make it seem like a nursery rhyme, and YG’s raps didn’t do all that much to dispute that, the other elements of the track, with its infectious hook and beat, made this another joint from the Def Jam signee that got the party started. <br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/aPOttLW-csc?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/aPOttLW-csc?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
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    92. CyHi The Prynce "Sideways," <em>Royal Flush</em> (2010)
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> October 14, 2010 <br />When you have success, the haters inevitably start looking in your direction. For the G.O.O.D. Music rapper, he had to get used to the haters looking at him sideways with this cut. It was only love from 2K Sports, though, as they included this number on <em>NBA 2K12</em>. <br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/BjUMTQd0vt0?version=3&hl=en_US"/><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"/><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"/><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/BjUMTQd0vt0?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"/></object>
  • *Meek Mill, “Rose Red,” <em>Flamers 3</em> (2010)<br />
  • Fred The Godson “Too Fat,” <em>Armageddon</em> (2010) <br />
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> October 4, 2010<br />Fred The Godson landed on peoples’ radars on the internet and in New York City thanks to his infectious banger “Too Fat.” The song, which sampled vocals from The Notorious B.I.G., earned spins on New York radio, and was an example of Fred’s talents: he was able to kick witty lines and also sprinkle in his sense of humor. <br /><object width="480" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/7p_ZYB37krQ?version=3&hl=en_US"/><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"/><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"/><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/7p_ZYB37krQ?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="480" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"/></object>
  • Big K.R.I.T. “Money On The Floor,” <em>Live From The Underground</em> (2012) <br />
    89. Big K.R.I.T. “Money On The Floor,” <em>Live From The Underground</em> (2012) <br />
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> September 22, 2011<br />Serving as the lea dsingle to Big K.R.I.T. impending Def Jam debut, <em>Live From The Underground</em>, “Money On The Floor” was impressive in its ability to stay completely true to what Krizzle had been building up to that point. Not some swing at a contrived mainstream hit, the song was produced by the Cinematic signed rapper and featured 8Ball, MJG and 2 Chainz. A result of the authentic and soulful sound, though, were that the song didn’t pick up as much as K.R.I.T. and the label probably would have liked, failing to crack <em>Billboard</em>. <br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/2tXcyHGt_94?version=3&hl=en_US"/><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"/><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"/><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/2tXcyHGt_94?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"/></object>
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    88. Danny Brown “Wake Up,” <em>Black and Brown</em> (2011)
    <b>Official Release Date</b>: Nov. 1, 2011<br />The Detroit MC’s voice comes alive alongside Black Milk on “Wake Up,”as Danny tells wild tales of being down and out.<br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie"value="http://www.youtube.com/v/RBFzuELHAyI?version=3&hl=en_US"/><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"/><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"/><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/RBFzuELHAyI?version=3&hl=en_US"type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25"allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"/></object>
  • *Pill, “Pacman,” <em>MMG Presents: Self Made, Vol. 1</em> <br /> (2011)
    87. Pill, “Pacman,” <em>MMG Presents: Self Made, Vol. 1</em> <br /> (2011)
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> May 23, 2011<br />Although Pill recently revealed he was never officially a part of RickRoss’ Maybach Music Group, the Atlanta rapper certainly sent mixedsignals throughout his affiliation with the crew, including appearingon the <em>MMG Presents: Self Made, Vol. 1</em> album. “Pacman” wasone of a number of tracks he appeared on the project.<br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie"value="http://www.youtube.com/v/z3J6ydyIHNs?version=3&hl=en_US"/><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"/><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"/><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/z3J6ydyIHNs?version=3&hl=en_US"type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25"allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"/></object>
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    Iggy Azalea - "Work" (2013)
    "Do anything for my mama, I love you/One day I'll pay you back for the sacrifice that you managed to muscle/Sixteen, you sent me through customs."
  • *32. Wale ft. Lady Gaga “Chillin,” <i>Attention Deficit</i> (2009)
    85. Wale ft. Lady Gaga “Chillin,” <i>Attention Deficit</i> (2009)
    <b>Official Release Date:</b> April 14, 2009Wale wasn’t just the only Freshman to record with Lady Gaga, he was the only rapper in history to have a song with the pop princess. While the catchy tune didn’t equate to mainstream success at the time, it served as a precursor to the radio dominance the DC rhymespitter is currently enjoying. <object style="height: 25px; width: 620px"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/q9M7XpHqeP0?version=3&feature=player_detailpage"/><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"/><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always"/><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/q9M7XpHqeP0?version=3&feature=player_detailpage" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" allowScriptAccess="always" width="620" height="25"/></object>
  • *Joell Ortiz “Hip Hop,” <em>The Brick: Bodega Chronicles</em> (2007) <br />
    <strong>Official Release Date</strong>: April 24, 2007<br />As snap music slowly began to fade in the wake of Nas’s album <em>Hip Hop Is Dead</em>, a new crop of lyrically-inclined MCs, including Brooklyn’s own Joell Ortiz, began to emerge. Though the antithesis to flash-over-substance, J-O never aimed to scrutinize, but simply provide a balance, as evidence on this gem. <br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/GfdyHGsIKfs?version=3&hl=en_US"/><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"/><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"/><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/GfdyHGsIKfs?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"/></object>
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    83. Wiz Khalifa “No Sleep” <em>Rolling Papers</em> (2011)
    <strong>Official Release Date</strong>: August 9, 2011<br />Wiz certified his spot as the Spring Break Champion with this Benny Blanco banger, which became a Cancun anthem before it was officially released as a single. When the Rostrum/Atlantic collective green-lit “No Sleep” as a single, the track soared up the charts and became the lanky MC’s second Top 10 hit. No doze. <br /><iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/KuVAeTHqijk"
  • *B.o.B “Magic,” em>B.o.B Presents: The Great Adventures of Bobby Ray</em> (2010) <br />
    82. B.o.B “Magic,” <em>B.o.B Presents: The Great Adventures of Bobby Ray (2010) <br /></em>
    <strong>Official Release Date</strong>: July 6, 2010<br />Bob scored his third consecutive Top 10 hit with this platinum-selling single. In a strange coincidence, the song featured Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo—who refused to clear a sample for Bob’s Freshman classmate Asher Roth’s “I Love College.” “Magic” helped push <em>The Adventures of Bobby Ray</em> to a gold certification. <br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/oBS4bMIAu20?version=3&hl=en_US"/><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"/><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"/><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/oBS4bMIAu20?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"/></object>
  • 81. J. Cole “Work Out,” <em>Cole World: The Sideline Story</em> (2011)
    81. J. Cole “Work Out,” <em>Cole World: The Sideline Story</em> (2011)
    <strong>Official Release Date</strong>: June 15, 2011<br />Light-skinned Jermaine’s lead single was a synth-heavy homage to Paula Abdul’s “Straight Up,” but while her record raced to the top of the charts, the Roc Nation signee’s version initially sputtered as it was relegated to bonus track status oh his debut—before “Work Out” picked up at radio. Now, the self-produced number is a standout, peaking at number 13 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. It’s the real thing, Cole.<br /><iframe width="620" height="25" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/6PN78PS_QsM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
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    80. Crooked I “Dream Big”
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> May 20, 2008 <br />After years buzzing on the West Coast, a spot on a couple <em>XXL</em> covers, a stint with Death Row, a weekly song series, and more, Crooked I seemed ready to cross over with “Dream Big.” The song, featuring hit-making hook man Akon, proved to be catchy while not sacrificing Crook’s characteristically impressive wordplay. Though the song didn’t become the radio smash it could have, the Long Beach native kept grinding, and soon found a new home with Slaughterhouse.<br /><object width="480" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/y-BAgpy5y7M?version=3&hl=en_US"/><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"/><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"/><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/y-BAgpy5y7M?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="480" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"/></object>
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    79. Kid Ink “Time Of Your Life” (2012)
    <b>Official Release Date:</b> March 2, 2012<br />The tatted-up Cali representer vows that listeners will have the “TimeOf Your Life” if they simply let go and let worries wash away on this song that's continuing to pick up spins on radio.<br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie"value="http://www.youtube.com/v/lhChAAmSEtY?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/lhChAAmSEtY?version=3&hl=en_US"type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25"allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
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  • Curren$y “Michael Knight” <em>Pilot Talk II</em> (2010)
    77. Curren$y “Michael Knight” <em>Pilot Talk II</em> (2010)
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> October 9, 2010 <br />After linking with Damon Dash and his DD172, as well as producer Ski Beatz, Curren$y began to further cement himself in the game and his fervent following. Crucial in that was his consistency, and “Michael Knight,” released less than three months after <em>Pilot Talk</em> as the lead single from its follow up, was representative of that. The chorus was simple and fun, and Spitta’s lyrics were slick. <br /><object width="480" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/HC9Y0_V5wuE?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/HC9Y0_V5wuE?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="480" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
  • *29. Asher Roth “Lark On My Go Kart,” <i>Asleep In the Bread Aisle </i>(2009)
    <b>Official Relase Date: </b>March 24, 2009<br />Asher Roth followed up his breakout smash single, “I Love College,” with a more understated, playful cut about his dreams of taking Lark Voorhies, the hottie from 1990s show, <i>Saved by the Bell</i>, for a ride. The drum heavy track never saw the same success as his college anthem, but it showcased Asher’s sense of humor and clever wordplay, even briefly finding a spot on <i>Billboard</i>’s Hot 100 chart. Take that Screech.<object style="height: 25px; width: 620px"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/G1EgjL1ujGM?version=3&feature=player_detailpage"/><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"/><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always"/><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/G1EgjL1ujGM?version=3&feature=player_detailpage" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" allowScriptAccess="always" width="620" height="25"/></object>
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    75. Lil Twist "Turnt Up" (2011)
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> November 29, 2011<br />As a follow up to his Lil Wayne collaboration "Love Affair," and as another piece of ammunition to allowed his debut album <em>Don't Get It Twisted</em> to hit shelves, Twist teamed with another of his Cash Money cohorts, Busta Rhymes. The two got "Turnt Up" to the tune of sitting comfortably at the top spot of the <em>106 & Park</em> countdown for some time. <br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/q_6z5FO54FY?version=3&hl=en_US"/><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"/><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"/><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/q_6z5FO54FY?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"/></object>
  • *Gorilla Zoe "Hood Nigga," Welcom to the Zoo (2007) <br />
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    After originally signing to Bad Boy via the Boyz N Da Hood group, Zoe went on to release three studio albums via Bad Boy, but hasn't been reported to be working on anything since 2011.
  • Big K.R.I.T. “The Vent,” <em>Return of 4Eva</em> (2011) <br />
    73. Big K.R.I.T. “The Vent,” <em>Return of 4Eva</em> (2011) <br />
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> March 28, 2011<br />One of the more somber songs in a bluesy catalog, “The Vent” showed Big K.R.I.T. in a personal, somber, thoughtful, and faithful light. The multi-talented act spends the first half of the song rapping, and closes out by singing in the second half. Though it’s not a song built for radio, the video got plays on major networks, and the song is still one of the staple’s of Krizzle’s live performances. <br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/7xVEa0SMxFg?version=3&hl=en_US"/><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"/><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"/><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/7xVEa0SMxFg?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"/></object>
  • 72. J. Cole “In The Morning,” featuring Drake <em>Friday Night Lights</em> (2010)
  • *Nispey Hussle, “Feelin Myself,” <em>South Central State of Mind</em> (2012)<br />
    71. Nispey Hussle, “Feelin Myself,” <em>South Central State of Mind</em> (2012)<br />
    <strong>Official Release Date: June 10, 2010</strong><br />Nipsey Hussle’s “Feelin’ Myself,” featuring Lloyd, is the first singlefrom the West Coast spitter’s <em>South Central State of Mind</em>album. Produced by 1500 or Nothin’, the track leaked on net in 2010but was later revamped with Young Goldie’s pitch on the hook. <br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie"value="http://www.youtube.com/v/dXGmcN1eNe0?version=3&hl=en_US"/><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"/><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"/><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/dXGmcN1eNe0?version=3&hl=en_US"type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25"allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"/></object>
  • Saigon “Come On Baby (Remix),” <em>The Moral of the Story</em> (2007) <br />
    70. “Come On Baby (Remix),” <em>The Moral of the Story</em> (2007) <br />
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> November 6, 2007<br />Saigon received a coveted hat tip with his “Come On Baby (Remix),” as both Jay-Z and Swizz Beatz hopped aboard to remake the Just Blaze production. Still, even with three heavyweights joining the Brooklyn wordsmith on record, Sai’s debut album wouldn’t see the light of day until 2011. It wasn’t for lack of hot music, though, as this banger proves. <br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/88DIqFx5mls?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/88DIqFx5mls?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
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    69. Wale "Pretty Girls," <em>Attentino Deficit</em> (2009)
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> October 6, 2009<br />For an early single from his debut album, Wale formed an unlikely union with Gucci Mane. The two were able to hit No. 56 on the <em>Billboard</em> R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. An official remix featured Fabolous and Chris Brown.<br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/j8YxSzXnZ40?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/j8YxSzXnZ40?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
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    68. Wiz Khalifa “Roll Up” <em>Rolling Papers</em> (2011)<br />
    <strong>Official Release Date</strong>: February 3, 2011<br />Young Khalifia followed up “Black And Yellow” with the breezy “Roll Up.” The StarGate-produced track didn’t chart as high as his previous single, but the effort earned Wiz a platinum certification after the ‘tune sold more than 1 million digital copies. Put one in the air for that. <br /><iframe width="620" height="25" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/UhQz-0QVmQ0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  • Mac Miller “Frick Park Market,” <em>Blue Slide Park</em> (2011) <br />
    67. Mac Miller “Frick Park Market,” <em>Blue Slide Park</em> (2011) <br />
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> August 18, 2011<br />For the lead single to his debut album, <em>Blue Slide Park</em>, Mac Miller stuck with the project’s theme and kept things at home. “Frick Park Market” was named after a local Pittsburgh spot that Mac and his homies used to frequent (he shot the video there), and the song, with its upbeat approach, debuted at No. 60 on the <em>Billboard</em> Hot 100.<br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/KJ19PJ7-SWc?version=3&hl=en_US"/><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"/><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"/><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/KJ19PJ7-SWc?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"/></object>
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    66. Diggy “Do It Like You,” <em>Unexpected Arrival</em> (2012) <br />
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> December 2, 2011<br />A follow up to his marginally successful buzz single “Copy Paste,” “Do It Like You” was the kind of song that Diggy needed to lead into the release of his debut album, <em>Unexpected Arrival</em>. With a feature on the hook from Jeremih, Diggy directs this one to the ladies, and surely had high school girls everywhere hanging on his every word. The video climbed the <em>106 & Park</em> countdown, and hit No. 92 on the <em>Billboard</em> Hot 100, as well as No. 11 on the Rap Songs charts. <br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/5innG_SeKcQ?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/5innG_SeKcQ?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
  • *Jay Rock, “All My Life (In the Ghetto),” <em>Follow Me Home</em> (2011)<br />
    65. Jay Rock, “All My Life (In the Ghetto),” <em>Follow Me Home</em> (2011)<br />
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> July 26, 2011 <br />The Lil Wayne-assisted “All My Life” was the first single releasedfrom Jay Rock’s debut studio album, Follow Me Home, through Top DawgEntertainment and Strange Music. “All My Life” is the only single offthe set (the follow-up is “Hood Gone Love It”) to enter the <em>Billboard</em>charts. The track’s official remix features Busta Rhymes,The Game and Gorilla Zoe. The album sold 5,300 its first week. <br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/R9wJuvGqPsM?version=3&hl=en_US"/><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"/><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"/><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/R9wJuvGqPsM?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"/></object>
  • Yelawolf “Pop The Trunk,” <em>Trunk Muzik</em> (2011) <br />
    64. Yelawolf “Pop The Trunk,” <em>Trunk Muzik</em> (2011) <br />
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> June 16, 2010<br />Prior to the release of his debut album, <em>Radioactive</em>, Yelawolf’s biggest song was the rambunctious “Pop The Trunk.” As with much of the Interscope signee’s music, particularly some of the fan-favorites, this track was steeped in Yelawolf’s upbringing in Alabama. Not only was the song included on <em>Trunk Muzik</em>, but it made the cut on the retail follow up later that year, <em>Trunk Muzik: 0-60</em>. <br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/np3pU-dLok4?version=3&hl=en_US"/><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"/><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"/><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/np3pU-dLok4?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"/></object>
  • Lupe Fiasco “Outta My Head,” <em>Lasers</em> (2011) <br />
    63. Lupe Fiasco “Outta My Head,” <em>Lasers</em> (2011) <br />
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> May 22, 2011<br />In an uncharacteristic move that was viewed as labeling to his major label home by some, Lupe Fiasco linked with Trey Songz for this R&B infused radio ready song “Outta My Head.” The female focused record was able to become one of Lupe’s biggest hits to date, though, hitting No. 40 on the <em>Billboard</em> Hot 100 and No. 5 on the Rap Songs chart. <br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/x3NaVE73lpc?version=3&hl=en_US"/><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"/><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"/><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/x3NaVE73lpc?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"/></object>
  • *Kid Cudi ft. Kanye West “Erase Me,” <i>Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager</i> (2010)
    62. Kid Cudi ft. Kanye West “Erase Me,” <i>Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager</i> (2010)
    <b>Official Release Date:</b> August 24, 2010<br />For the first offering from his second LP, Kid Cudi--an experimental artist always classify into any particular genre--shocked fans even more by going the pop/rock route. The catchy, radio-friendly tune featured a tongue twisting guest verse from G.O.O.D. Music mentor, Kanye West, and another one of Cudi’s undeniably addictive hooks. File this one under stadium status. <object style="height: 25px; width: 620px"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/ICaTsTkBPV8?version=3&feature=player_detailpage"/><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"/><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always"/><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/ICaTsTkBPV8?version=3&feature=player_detailpage" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" allowScriptAccess="always" width="620" height="25"/></object>
  • Papoose "Sharades,” <em>Sharades</em> (2005) <br />
    61. Papoose "Sharades,” <em>Sharades</em> (2005) <br />
    <strong>Official Release Date</strong>: 2005<br />With a handful of rappers plagued with legal trouble, Pap tackled the issue head on. Here, he speaks from the perspective of the hip-hop police. The song received heavy airplay—an unusual feat for such a conceptual record. The single also continued to solidify Pap as one of the most creative MCs of the mid-aughts’s mixtape era. <br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/B5864i3jNMU?version=3&hl=en_US"/><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"/><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"/><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/B5864i3jNMU?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"/></object>
  • *Donnis “Gone,” <em>Diary of an ATL Brave</em> (2009) <br />
    60. Donnis “Gone,” <em>Diary of an ATL Brave</em> (2009) <br />
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> August 21, 2009 <br />In conjunction with streetwear company 10 Deep, Donnis released hisfirst mixtape, <em>Diary of an ATL Brave</em>, in 2009. Thepartnership led to a one-single deal with Fool’s Gold Records torelease the single “Gone.” With the help of the success of this song,it was this very mixtape that catapulted Donnis’ career, earning him aspot on the XXL Freshmen list in 2010. Donnis joined the likes of J.Cole, Pill, Big Sean and Wiz Khalifa, among others.<object width="560" height="315"><param name="movie"value="http://www.youtube.com/v/xD6n4x5dzz4?version=3&hl=en_US"/><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"/><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"/><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/xD6n4x5dzz4?version=3&hl=en_US"type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="560" height="315"allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"/></object>
  • *35. Charles Hamilton “Brooklyn Girls,” <i>Crash Landed</i> (2008)
    59. Charles Hamilton “Brooklyn Girls,” <i>Crash Landed</i> (2008)
    <b>Official Relase Date:</b> November 18, 2008<br />When it comes to Harlem/Brooklyn relations, for a time, things weren’t looking too good. See Jay-Z and Dame Dash or Jay and Cam’ron, for that matter. But thanks to this breakout single from controversial Harlemite, Charles Hamilton, all was OK. Spread love, it’s the Brooklyn way. <object style="height: 25px; width: 620px"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/hiR5CBmK_Wk?version=3&feature=player_detailpage"/><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"/><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always"/><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/hiR5CBmK_Wk?version=3&feature=player_detailpage" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" allowScriptAccess="always" width="620" height="25"/></object>
  • Ace Hood ft. Chris Brown “Body 2 Body”,” <i>Blood, Sweat & Tears</i> (2011)
    58. Ace Hood ft. Chris Brown “Body 2 Body”,” <i>Blood, Sweat & Tears</i> (2011)
    <b>Official Release Date:</b> July 26, 2011<br />After giving the fellas the testosterone filled smash, “Hustle Hard,” Ace returned with a gift for the ladies in the form of “Body 2 Body.” Aided by the smooth production of J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League and Chris Brown’s sexy hook, the Miami rapper showed off both his versatility and softer side. Score!<object style="height: 25px; width: 620px"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/r_dh16HQkqQ?version=3&feature=player_detailpage"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always"><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/r_dh16HQkqQ?version=3&feature=player_detailpage" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" allowScriptAccess="always" width="620" height="25"></embed></param></object>
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  • 56. J. Cole “Mr. Nice Watch” featuring Jay-Z <em>Cole World: The Sideline Story</em> (2011)
    56. J. Cole “Mr. Nice Watch” featuring Jay-Z <em>Cole World: The Sideline Story</em> (2011)
    <strong>Official Release Date</strong>: September 14, 2011<br />Time wasn’t on the Roc Nation rookie’s side when it came to this collaboration. Originally, young Jermaine wanted Hov to join him on “God’s Gift” but as he was wrapping his debut LP the boss still hadn’t recorded a rhyme for his protege. As the clock was winding down, however, Jay-Z instead managed to contribute a timeless verse to “Mr. Nice Watch,” as Cole kept pace. <br /><iframe width="620" height="25" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/22st8ORI8RU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  • *Plies “Plenty Money,” <em>Goon Affiliated</em> (2009) <br />
    55. Plies “Plenty Money,” <em>Goon Affiliated</em> (2009) <br />
    <strong>Official Release Date</strong>: December 16, 2008<br />Once a goon, always a goon. Though girl-friendly records had become his bread and butter with his first two hits, Plies always make sure to strike a balance with streets-approved records. Plies kept it gully for the third single to his third album, <em>Goon Affiliated</em>. The song didn’t peak as high as his more radio-friendly efforts, but the streets ate it up. <br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/Aw0DFBHyjVk?version=3&hl=en_US"/><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"/><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"/><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/Aw0DFBHyjVk?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"/></object>
  • Yelawolf “Throw It Up,” <em>Radioactive</em> (2011) <br />
    54. Yelawolf “Throw It Up,” <em>Radioactive</em> (2011) <br />
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> November 11, 2011<br />Yelawolf’s anticipated collaboration with Eminem lived up to expectations, and then some. The <em>Radioactive</em> standout found Yela and Em kicking rapid-fire verses, sandwiching a verse and hooks from Gangsta Boo. Who had the most memorable verse is up for debate, as Eminem’s wild lyrics were mind-boggling and entertaining, Gangsta Boo’s verse was a vintage offering, and Yela more than held his own. Unfortunately, the three never teamed up for a video for the song. <br /><object width="480" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/EgIVGUBJJgk?version=3&hl=en_US"/><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"/><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"/><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/EgIVGUBJJgk?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="480" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"/></object>
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  • Mac Miller “Knock Knock,” <em>K.I.D.S. (Kickin’ Incredibly Dope Shit)</em> (2010) <br />
    52. Mac Miller “Knock Knock,” <em>K.I.D.S. (Kickin’ Incredibly Dope Shit)</em> (2010) <br />
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> August 13, 2010<br />The songs with arguably the most staying power from Mac’s breakout 2010 mixtape, “Knock Knock” is inescapably catchy and has a hook made for live performances and audience participation. Despite initially being released when the Pittsburgh MC’s buzz was minimal, the song managed to hit No. 88 on the <em>Billboard</em> Hot 100, and remains a fan favorite among his legions of followers. <br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/OmEpkztK5Lw?version=3&hl=en_US"/><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"/><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"/><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/OmEpkztK5Lw?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"/></object>
  • Saigon “Pain In My Life,” <em>Return of the Yardfather</em> (2006) <br />
    51. Saigon “Pain In My Life,” <em>Return of the Yardfather</em> (2006) <br />
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> December 3, 2006<br />At the height of his mixtape run in the mid 2000s, Saigon delivered “Pain In My Life,” a display of raw narrative lyricism. With an R&B hook from Trey Songz, it seemed as though the song would help his <em>The Greatest Story Never Told</em> hit shelves, but even as the video secured rotation on TV, the album didn’t come. Still, Saigitty was at his finest here, exhibiting his street scholar persona with a striking vividness.<br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/SCPgTqunOHg?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/SCPgTqunOHg?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
  • 50. Wale "Bait," <em>The Eleven One Eleven Theory</em> (2011)
    50. Wale "Bait," <em>The Eleven One Eleven Theory</em> (2011)
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> November 1, 2011<br />As he was building hype towards his <em>Ambition</em> album in the summer of 2011, Wale was able to heat up the streets and the clubs with his banger "Bait." The song was included on the deluxe edition of the album, as the D.C. native continued to show he got that work. <br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/0b-ZQywTG2U?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/0b-ZQywTG2U?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
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    49. Future "Magic (Remix)," <em>Pluto</em> (2011)
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> January 24, 2012<br />Though Future had been buzzing for some time by the second half of 2011, much of what allowed him to continue his musical assault beyond the Southern staple was this club smash. With a guest verse from T.I., Future showed he had another trick up his sleeve. Voila. <br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/vY7mHqFi_Kk?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/vY7mHqFi_Kk?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
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    48. Kendrick Lamar “Michael Jordan,” <em>Overly Dedicated</em> (2011) <br />
    <b>Official Release Date:</b> Septemper 14, 2010<br />An ode to arguably the greatest basketball player ever, “MichaelJordan” had Kendrick declaring “And I’m too much for these niggas, I’mthree much for these hoes,” cleverly using a metaphor for the No. 23,which Jordan wore through the majority of his career. The trackfeatured K. Dot frequent collaborator and friend, Schoolboy Q. <br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie"value="http://www.youtube.com/v/AHQZrMOt-1E?version=3&hl=en_US"/><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"/><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"/><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/AHQZrMOt-1E?version=3&hl=en_US"type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25"allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"/></object>
  • *Big Sean, “I Do It,” <em>Finally Famous</em> (2011) <br />
    47. Big Sean, “I Do It,” <em>Finally Famous</em> (2011)
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> June 28, 2011<br />“I Do It” was released as the first digital promotional single fromBig Sean’s debut album, <em>Finally Famous</em>, on May 10, 2011. Itwas originally planned to be the second single off the LP, after “MyLast, featuring Chris Brown, but its official release was cancelledfor undisclosed reasons. The single peaked at number twenty on the USBubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart.<br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie"value="http://www.youtube.com/v/hzKIEmWlGP0?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/hzKIEmWlGP0?version=3&hl=en_US"type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25"allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
  • *Nipsey Hussle, "Hussle in the House," <em>South Central State of Mind</em> (2012)<br />
  • Big K.R.I.T. “Country Shit Remix,” <em>Return of 4Eva</em> (2010) <br />
    45. Big K.R.I.T. “Country Shit Remix,” <em>Return of 4Eva</em> (2010) <br />
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> March 28, 2011<br />The original “Country Shit” was included on Big K.R.I.T.’s 2010 breakout mixtape, <em>K.R.I.T. Wuz Here</em>. But Krizzle cooked up something special for the remix, which was included on his follow up mixtape the next year: he got Ludacris and Bun B to lend verses. The song, full of down South pride, hit No. 50 on the <em>Billboard</em> R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and No. 20 on the Rap Songs chart, and remains the Mississippi talent’s biggest hit to date. <br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/9G49Tdw4KDw?version=3&hl=en_US"/><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"/><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"/><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/9G49Tdw4KDw?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"/></object>
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    44. Lil B "Wonton Soup"
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> September 15, 2010<br />One of Lil B’s breakout moments (and it’s hard to pick one from someone who releases so much content), “Wonton Soup” showed Based God in his element. Chanting, whooping, and cooking, the California native can credit much of his cult-like following and mainstream exposure to this track. Though it’s not the most technically impressive display of rapping, “Wonton Soup” is certainly a serving of Lil B doing what he does best. <br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/nYfceJhgvRM?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/nYfceJhgvRM?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
  • *Kid Cudi ft. Kanye West & Common “Make Her Say,” <i>Man On The Moon: The End Of Day</i> (2009)
    43. Kid Cudi ft. Kanye West & Common “Make Her Say,” <i>Man On The Moon: The End Of Day</i> (2009)
    <b> Official Release Date:</b> June 9, 2009<br />Kid Cudi’s most traditional hip-hop song is also, coincidentally, his most dirty, thanks to a cleverly placed vocal sample from Lady Gaga. Ironically, that didn’t seem to bother the Grammy board, who nominated the naughty single for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group. Oh behave. <object style="height: 25px; width: 620px"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/Xt22KvnRSL4?version=3&feature=player_detailpage"/><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"/><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always"/><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/Xt22KvnRSL4?version=3&feature=player_detailpage" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" allowScriptAccess="always" width="620" height="25"/></object>
  • 42. Wale ft. Jeremih & Rick Ross “That Way,” <i>MMG Presents: Self Made, Vol. One (2011)</i>
    42. Wale ft. Jeremih & Rick Ross “That Way,” <i>MMG Presents: Self Made, Vol. One (2011)</i>
    <b>Official Release Date:</b> August 30, 2011<br />Under the tutelage of Rick Ross, Wale made a shocking comeback, starting off with this female friendly banger from <i>Self Made, Vol. One</i>. While it was the seventh single to be released from the compilation, it’s the second most successful, behind only Meek Mill’s “Ima Boss.” You gotta give it to Wale, like Frank Sinatra, he did it his way.<object style="height: 25px; width: 620px"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/C_0PnbdDhTQ?version=3&feature=player_detailpage"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always"><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/C_0PnbdDhTQ?version=3&feature=player_detailpage" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" allowScriptAccess="always" width="620" height="25"></embed></param></object>
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    41. Machine Gun Kelly “Wild Boy” <em>Rage Pack</em>(2011)
    <b>Official Release Date</b>: Sept. 27, 2011<br />The Bad Boy Records signee’s biggest song to date, “Wild Boy” ragedits way to over 10 million views on YouTube and a long run on the topof BET’s 106 & Park countdown, the litmus test for what’s hot amongstteenagers. Teaming MGK with Waka Flocka was a no-brainer here. LaceUp!<object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie"value="http://www.youtube.com/v/A_J7kEhY9sM?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/A_J7kEhY9sM?version=3&hl=en_US"type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25"allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
  • YG “Toot It And Boot It,” <em>The Real 4Fingaz</em> (2010) <br />
    40. YG “Toot It And Boot It,” <em>The Real 4Fingaz</em> (2010) <br />
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> June 8, 2010<br />YG brought his music from the streets to clubs across the nation with his first single, 2010’s “Toot It and Boot It,” featuring Ty$. The song’s catchy hook spread like wildfire, and before the year was out, the track had an official remix where 50 Cent and Snoop Dogg joined the two up and coming West Coasters originally featured. YG’s highest charting song to date, “Toot It and Boot It” peaked at No. 67 on the <em>Billboard</em> Hot 100, and hit No. 12 on the Rap Songs chart. <br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/uWlMhiEL9Mc?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/uWlMhiEL9Mc?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
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    39. Roscoe Dash “All The Way Turnt Up” (2010)
    <b>Official Release Date:</b> Jan. 22, 2010<br />Roscoe scored big with this contagious single, which peaked at No. 8and 46 on the Billboard Hot Rap Song and Hot 100 charts, respectively.The song featured Soulja Boy.<br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/JMwi8vFXUpo?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/JMwi8vFXUpo?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
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    38. Wiz Khalifa “Taylor Gang” <em>Cabin Fever</em> (2011)
    <strong>Official Release Date</strong>: February 6, 2011<br />Twin pop singles (“Black And Yellow,” “Roll Up,”) put Wiz on the mainstream map, but prior to dropping Rolling Papers the Marijuana-loving rapper made sure to maintain his hip-hop cred. This Lex Luger-produced banger cemented his buzz as the next to blow and become a staple of his live shows. You already know what he’s reppin’.<br /><iframe width="620" height="25" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/09iAlDwZqzs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  • Yelawolf “Let’s Roll,” <em>Radioactive</em> (2011) <br />
    37. Yelawolf “Let’s Roll,” <em>Radioactive</em> (2011) <br />
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> November 21, 2011<br />Yelawolf linked with Kid Rock for some redneck magic with “Let’s Roll.” The second and more successful single from the Alabama native’s debut album <em>Radioactive</em>, the song showed a crossover approach that could touch both hip-hop and rock audiences. On the track, Yela gives love to his hometown on this one. <br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/WjF4eOnjCLE?version=3&hl=en_US"/><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"/><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"/><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/WjF4eOnjCLE?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"/></object>
  • J. Cole “Can’t Get Enough,” featuring Trey Songz Cole World: The Sideline Story (2011)
    36. J. Cole “Can’t Get Enough,” featuring Trey Songz Cole World: The Sideline Story (2011)
    <strong>Official Release Date</strong>: August 30, 2011<br />Being the big man on campus can only get you so far. Cole realized this and recruited Trigga Trey to sing the chorus over some thumping drums and then decamped to Barbados with Rihanna to shoot the video for “Can’t Get Enough.” He came up, he warmed up, now he’s blowing up. <br /><iframe width="620" height="25" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/p0L4lA6bS2E" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  • * B.o.B ft. Lil Wayne “Strange Clouds,” <em>Strange Clouds</em> (2012) <br />
    35. B.o.B ft. Lil Wayne “Strange Clouds,” <em>Strange Clouds</em> (2012) <br />
    <strong>Official Release Date</strong>: September 27, 2011<br />Billed as simply a warm up single for Bob’s second opus, this Weezy-featured track took a life of its own and peaked at No. 7 on the <em>Billboard</em> Hot 100. The cut was remixed with fellow ATLiens T.I. and Young Jeezy and is still in heavy rotation leading up to B.o.B’s sophomore release. <br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/OG9uD8aiTqQ?version=3&hl=en_US"/><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"/><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"/><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/OG9uD8aiTqQ?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"/></object>
  • Lupe Fiasco “Hip-Hop Saved My Life,” <em>Lupe Fiasco’s The Cool</em> (2007) <br />
    34. Lupe Fiasco “Hip-Hop Saved My Life,” <em>Lupe Fiasco’s The Cool</em> (2007) <br />
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> March 18, 2008<br />This melodic homage to—yup—hip-hop, as well as the grind itself, earned Lupe praise from fans, critics, and peers. The cut finds the talented word wizard putting his storytelling cap on, as he tells the tale of a struggling Houston-bred rapper trying to make dreams of rap stardom come true. Lupe links us in with the protagonists’ girl, child, and struggle, as he fights his way towards the top. He later revealed that it was based on Slim Thug. <br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/vPiKKfcjI-4?version=3&hl=en_US"/><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"/><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"/><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/vPiKKfcjI-4?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"/></object>
  • *Pill, “Trap Goin Ham,” <em>4180 The Prescription</em> (2009)<br />
    33. Pill, “Trap Goin Ham,” <em>4180 The Prescription</em> (2009)<br />
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> February 2, 2009<br />“Trap Goin’ Ham” is the first single off Pill’s 2009 mixtape,<em>4180: The Prescription</em>. The tape received decent feedback,including from the likes of fellow Atlanta rapper Andre 3000. It wasthat same year that Pill was featured in <em>XXL</em> Magazine’s Show & Provesection, and a year later, he appeared on the cover of XXL as part ofthe <em>XXL</em> Freshmen 10 lineup. And, in most recent Pill news, the MCrecently denounced any official affiliation with Rick Ross’ MaybachMusic Group.<object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie"value="http://www.youtube.com/v/z42Wxd-_drg?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/z42Wxd-_drg?version=3&hl=en_US"type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25"allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
  • *OJ Da Juiceman, “Make Da Trap Say Aye,” <em> Otha Side of the Trap (2009)
    32. OJ Da Juiceman, “Make Da Trap Say Aye,” <em> Otha Side of the Trap (2009)</em>
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> January 27, 2009<br />“Make Tha Trap Say Aye” was the first official single from OJ DaJuiceman. It was featured on his <em>Tha Otha Side of the Trap</em>album and became an instant radio and hood classic; The track reachedNo. 8 on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart, No. 13 onthe Rap Songs chart and No. 22 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. The remix hasguest verses from Cam’ron and Tony Yayo.<object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie"value="http://www.youtube.com/v/8okvouuIt2A?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/8okvouuIt2A?version=3&hl=en_US"type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25"allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
  • *Kid Cudi ft. MGMT & Ratatat “Pursuit of Happiness,” <i>Man On The Moon: The End Of Day</i> (2009)
    31. Kid Cudi ft. MGMT & Ratatat “Pursuit of Happiness,” <i>Man On The Moon: The End Of Day</i> (2009)
    <b>Official Release Date:</b> September 15, 2009<br />The third single from Kid Cudi found the 2009 Freshman getting out his dreams over psychedelic guitars and melancholy pianos. Armed with an unapologetic attitude and a killer chorus, the tune helped prove to fans that Cudder would most likely be good in any of his future pursuits, while also earning the artist his second platinum plaque. Happy happy, joy joy. <br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/FMoDfDR4fgM?version=3&hl=en_US"/><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"/><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"/><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/FMoDfDR4fgM?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"/></object>
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    30. Kendrick Lamar “HiiiPoWer,” <em>Section.80</em> (2011) <br />
    <b>Official Release Date:</b> April 12, 2010<br />As the first single off his critically-acclaimed <i>Section.80</i>,“HiiiPoWer” had Kendrick Lamar lyrically exercising over a J. Coleproduction. The song helped propel <i>Section.80</i> into becoming atop digital hip-hop release on iTunes for the 2011 Freshman. It alsohelped pave the way for collaborations with Game and Drake.<object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie"value="http://www.youtube.com/v/ep0hay4Qw54?version=3&hl=en_US"/><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"/><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"/><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/ep0hay4Qw54?version=3&hl=en_US"type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25"allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"/></object>
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    29. Meek Mill "House Party," <em>Dreamchasers</em> (2011)
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> October 19, 2011 <br />Meek Mill created another mixtape cut-turned single with his "House Party" alongside fellow Philly native Young Chris. What started as another <em>Dreamchasers</em> banger soon became inescapable on radio and further built Meek's growing star. <br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/GKFzPv9vnB8?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/GKFzPv9vnB8?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
  • * B.o.B “Don’t Let Me Fall,” <em>B.o.B Presents: The Great Adventures of Bobby Ray</em> (2010) <br />
  • Lupe Fiasco "Words I Never Said," <em>Lasers</em> (2011) <br />
    27. Lupe Fiasco "Words I Never Said," <em>Lasers</em> (2011) <br />
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> February 8, 2011<br />For the second single from his third album, <em>Lasers</em>, Lupe Fiasco reminded that he’s not afraid to speak his mind with “Words I Never Said.” Between saying he didn’t vote for fellow Chicagoan Barack Obama for President to talking about Gaza and 9/11, the Atlantic Records rapper stirred up some controversy with the Alex Da Kid-produced song. Even so, it managed to debut at No. 89 on the <em>Billboard</em> Hot 100. <br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/22l1sf5JZD0?version=3&hl=en_US"/><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"/><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"/><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/22l1sf5JZD0?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"/></object>
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    26. Wiz Khalifa “On My Level” featuring Too $hort <em>Rolling Papers</em> (2011)
    <strong>Official Release Date</strong>: May 28, 2011<br />Wiz came down from the clouds for “On My Level,” where he unearthed a more menacing tone compared to Roll Up’s previous singles. The song (produced by Jim Jonsin) didn’t fare as well on the charts, but his Taylor Gang followers were satisfied. Champagne all night.<br /><iframe width="620" height="25" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/hmP7TYtDVUU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
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    25. Don Trip "Letter To My Son"
    <b>Original Release Date</b>: Oct. 18, 2011 <br />Emotional, moving and as real as it gets, Don Trip spoke to fans aboutnot being able to regularly see his child due to a bitter breakup withhis girlfriend. “Please, no pity for a G,Though I've got a son that I barely get to see/I see him for an hour,after that he's gotta leave/On top of that, I only get to see him oncea week!” Damn!<object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie"value="http://www.youtube.com/v/TTy2lOLmkN8?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/TTy2lOLmkN8?version=3&hl=en_US"type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25"allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
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    24. French Montana “Shot Caller” (2011)
    <b>Original Release Date</b>: June 17, 2011<br />French scored a huge New York anthem that was good enough to dominatethe city’s radio stations. It was also good enough to seal a Bad BoyRecords deal for French and get Rick Ross and Diddy to jump on theremix. These two will be key components behind Montana’s, “Excuse MyFrench” album.<object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie"value="http://www.youtube.com/v/HSrVIX_jfdg?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/HSrVIX_jfdg?version=3&hl=en_US"type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25"allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
  • *30. Wale ft. Miguel “Lotus Flower Bomb,” <i>Ambition</i> (2011)
    23. Wale ft. Miguel “Lotus Flower Bomb,” <i>Ambition</i> (2011)
    <b>Official Release Date:</b> October 11, 2011Who would have predicted that the second single off of Wale’s sophomore album would be his biggest hit to date? Named the No. 1 record on urban radio last December, the song continues to pick up steam, months after first impacting the airwaves. Boasting a smooth hook sung by soul crooner Miguel and sparse, seductive beat by Jerrin Howard, Wale really exploded with this one.<object style="height: 25px; width: 620px"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/ZKvhkcJDbzY?version=3&feature=player_detailpage"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always"><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/ZKvhkcJDbzY?version=3&feature=player_detailpage" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" allowScriptAccess="always" width="620" height="25"></embed></param></object>
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    22. Future “Tony Montana,” <em>Pluto</em> (2011) <br />
    <b>Official Release Date:</b> Oct. 14, 2011<br />Doing his best intonation of Al Pacino from the legendary movieScarface, Future splashed onto the rap map with a huge street recordin “Tony Montana.” Besides having seemingly every rap fan chant TonyMontana in a Pacino-like accent, the song received big backing bySony, which gave the video treatment a big budget in a Santo Domingo,Dominican Republic shoot.<object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie"value="http://www.youtube.com/v/CNdySYdVe0E?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/CNdySYdVe0E?version=3&hl=en_US"type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25"allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
  • Lupe Fiasco “The Show Goes On,” <em>Lasers</em> (2011) <br />
    21. Lupe Fiasco “The Show Goes On,” <em>Lasers</em> (2011) <br />
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> October 26, 2010<br />After years of purgatory, Lupe Fiasco’s third album, <em>Lasers</em>, was finally able to hit the shelves in 2011, thanks in part to this lead single. The poppy sounding cut, which was produced by Kane Beatz, found Lupe both appeasing his label by adhering to their wishes that he put the song out, and dissing them in the first verse. Even with a mainstream feel, the song, which reached No. 9 on the <em>Billboard</em> Hot 100, still exhibits Lupe’s incredible way with words.<br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/Rmp6zIr5y4U?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/Rmp6zIr5y4U?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
  • *Plies "Shawty," <em>The Real Testament</em> (2007) <br />
    20. Plies "Shawty," <em>The Real Testament</em> (2007) <br />
    <strong>Official Release Date</strong>: June 12, 2007 <br />Plies had been making a name for himself down south in the mid 2000s, but this lead single featuring the then-inescapable T-Pain took his buzz nationwide. The single peaked at No. 9 on the <em>Billboard</em> Hot 100 and solidified Plies’s status as a lady’s goon. Spearheaded by “Shawty,” <em>The Real Testament</em> earned a gold certification. <br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/vp9BpUYnyu0?version=3&hl=en_US"/><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"/><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"/><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/vp9BpUYnyu0?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"/></object>
  • Lil Boosie "Wipe Me Down (Remix)," <em>Trill Entertainment Presents: Survival of the Fittest</em> (2007) <br />
    19. Lil Boosie "Wipe Me Down (Remix)," <em>Trill Entertainment Presents: Survival of the Fittest</em> (2007) <br />
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> 2007<br />Though Lil Boosie had been doing his thing in the South for some time, he catapulted to the forefront of the consciousness of rap listeners’ nationwide with the “Wipe Me Down (Remix).” The bouncy single, which hit No. 38 on the <em>Billboard</em> Hot 100 and No. 4 on the Hot Rap Tracks, was a remix that also featured Foxx and Webbie. Other artists including Fat Joe, Jadakiss, Jim Jones, and Chamillionaire, would eventually again remake the song, giving it new legs. It remains the biggest hit for Boosie, who is currently locked up. <br /><object width="480" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/wNYobSACns4?version=3&hl=en_US"/><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"/><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"/><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/wNYobSACns4?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="480" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"/></object>
  • *Young Dro ft. T.I. “Shoulder Lean,” <em>Best Thang Smokin’</em> (2006) <br />
    18. Young Dro ft. T.I. “Shoulder Lean,” <em>Best Thang Smokin’</em> (2006) <br />
    <strong>Official Release Date</strong>: July 4, 2006<br />The first artist to go solo under T.I.’s Grand Hustle umbrella, Dro made the King of the South proud. With his boss riding shotgun on the chorus, this flamboyant slick talker cooked up a dance floor-filler complete with its own popular dance. The single peaked at No. 1 on the <em>Billboard</em> Hot 100—setting the foundation for <em>Best Thang Smokin’</em> to get a gold plaque. <br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/2CZ24PPlfms?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/2CZ24PPlfms?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
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    17. Big Sean “My Last” featuring Chris Brown <em>Finally Famous</em> (2011)
    <strong>Official Release Date</strong>: March 1, 2011<br />Sean started his grind in Detroit when he only dreamed of inking with G.O.O.D. Music. So after joining Kanye’s crew and finally releasing his debut album, who could blame him for wanting to party. Although the Chris Brown-assisted “My Last” only made it to number 30 on the Hot 100, the record became a staple on radio and kept many a festivity going until the wee hours of the morning. <br /><iframe width="620" height="25" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/CRKPK76F5EQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
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    16. Big Sean “Marvin Gaye & Chardonnay” featuring Kanye West and Roscoe Dash <em>Finally Famous</em> (2011)
    <strong>Official Release Date</strong>: July 12, 2011<br />Thug says: Fuck that soft R&B shit. Big Sean says: I got you, put this one on and it’ll have her bouncing like a Dame Dash check. She says: Consider the mood set. <br /><iframe width="620" height="25" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/A1anxnA7Zwc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  • *Mac Miller, “Donald Trump,” <em>Best Day Ever</em> (2011)<br />
    14. Mac Miller, “Donald Trump,” <em>Best Day Ever</em> (2011)<br />
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> March 11, 2011<br />“Donald Trump” was, hands down, the song that boosted Mac Miller’scareer to the top. The track, off Miller’s sixth official mixtape,debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 chart at No. 80 and even got theDonald himself to tweet about it, acknowledging the video on Twitterwhen it reached 16 million views stating "Who wouldn't be flattered?”<object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie"value="http://www.youtube.com/v/74TFS8r_SMI?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/74TFS8r_SMI?version=3&hl=en_US"type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25"allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
  • Lupe Fiasco “Superstar,” <em>Lupe Fiasco’s The Cool</em> (2007) <br />
    13. Lupe Fiasco “Superstar,” <em>Lupe Fiasco’s The Cool</em> (2007) <br />
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> September 25, 2007<br />Serving as the lead single to Lupe Fiasco’s sophomore album, “Superstar” offered a more pop-leaning sound than the Chicago native’s previous work, thanks to a hook from Matthew Santos. But it also turned Lupe into a “Superstar” himself, as the song hit No. 10 on the <em>Billboard</em> Hot 100, No. 3 on the Rap Songs charts, and No. 1 in the UK. Young Jeezy and T.I. also blessed Fiasco with an official remix. <br /><object width="480" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/Ty0u1PzXfTo?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/Ty0u1PzXfTo?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="480" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
  • *Plies "Bust It Baby (Part 2)," <Em>Definition of Real</em> (2008) <br />
    12. Plies "Bust It Baby (Part 2)," <em>Definition of Real</em> (2008) <br />
    <strong>Official Release Date</strong>: January 25, 2008 <br />No days off for Mr. Plies. Another year, another gold-selling album spearheaded by a Top 10 chick-friendly, R&B-flavored lead single. This time, the Fort Myers rapper teamed up with Ne-Yo over J. Rotem’s revamping of Janet Jackson’s classic, “Come Back to Me.” The song peaked at No. 7—Plies’s highest-charting single to date—and went gold. <br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/IO_tLFOba8U?version=3&hl=en_US"/><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"/><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"/><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/IO_tLFOba8U?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"/></object>
  • *B.o.B “Nothin On You,” <em>B.o.B Presents: The Great Adventures of Bobby Ray</em> (2010) <br />
    11. B.o.B “Nothin On You,” <em>B.o.B Presents: The Great Adventures of Bobby Ray</em> (2010) <br />
    <strong>Official Release Date</strong>: February 2, 2010<br />Bobby Ray was in danger of becoming a forgotten Freshman when he finally struck platinum (double platinum, actually) with the Bruno Mars-assisted, "Nothin' On You." Released nearly a year-and-a-half after his appearance on <em>XXL</em>'s second Freshman cover, the saccharine number reached No. 1 on the <em>Billboard</em> Hot 100 and set the table for <em>The Great Adventures of Bobby Ray</em> to debut at No. 1 on the <em>Billboard</em> 200. The song was also nominated for three Grammys. The single not only gave Bob a much need boost, but it also made Mars a sought after guest star and kicked off his own string of chart-topping singles. <br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/8PTDv_szmL0?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/8PTDv_szmL0?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
  • 10. J. Cole “Lights Please” <em>The Warm Up</em> (2009)
    10. J. Cole “Lights Please” <em>The Warm Up</em> (2009)
    <strong>Official Release Date</strong>: June 15, 2009<br />Cole is a favorite across radio and music video channels now, but during his come up it wasn’t singles that snagged him fans. Instead, the Fayetteville product’s knack for detail on stirring narratives like “Lights Please” showed the MC’s true promise. Ask Hov, who signed the upstart after hearing this number. <br /><iframe width="620" height="25" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/YgAiKTCPQWE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  • *Rich Boy "Throw Some Ds," <em>Rich Boy</em> (2007) <br />
    9. Rich Boy "Throw Some Ds," <em>Rich Boy</em> (2007) <br />
    <strong>Official Release Date</strong>: April 15, 2006 <br />The lead single to Rich Boy's self-titled debut, this Polow Da Don-produced track peaked at No. 6 on the <em>Billboard</em> Hot 100 singles chart and spawned a star-studded remix featuring Andre 3000, Game, Jim Jones, Nelly, Murphy Lee and Lil Jon. The song helped the LP debut at No. 3 on the <em>Billboard</em> 200—selling 112,000 copies in its first week. The track was so intoxicating, even Kanye West jacked it to set off his <em>Graduation</em> roll out later that year. <br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/77Xee13bixU?version=3&hl=en_US"/><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"/><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"/><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/77Xee13bixU?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"/></object>
  • *Ace Hood “Hustle Hard,” <i>Blood, Sweat & Tears</i> (2011)
    8. Ace Hood ft. Lil Wayne and Rick Ross “Hustle Hard (Remix),” <i>Blood, Sweat & Tears</i> (2011)
    <b>Official Release Date:</b> March 1, 2011<br />Backed by a haunting, trunk rattling beat by Lex Luger, Ace Hood delivered arguably the most passionate performance of his career and consequently also, his most successful. Sure, it took Ace, three albums to get to there, but whose counting; haters were too busy singing along. Mean!<object style="height: 25px; width: 620px"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/r_dh16HQkqQ?version=3&feature=player_detailpage"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always"><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/r_dh16HQkqQ?version=3&feature=player_detailpage" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" allowScriptAccess="always" width="620" height="25"></embed></param></object>
  • Lupe Fiasco "Kick Push," <em>Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor</em> (2006) <br />
    7. Lupe Fiasco "Kick Push," <em>Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor</em> (2006) <br />
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> April 18, 2006<br />Lupe Fiasco’s lead single was an interesting introduction to the world, but fitting in its ability to paint him as a deviation from the sort of artist that was ruling the rap charts in the mid 2000s. The skater’s anthem was nominated for a Grammy, and hit No. 78 on the <em>Billboard</em> Hot 100 and No. 56 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. <br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/Gl83mI69nX4?version=3&hl=en_US"/><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"/><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"/><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/Gl83mI69nX4?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"/></object>
  • big sean
    6. Big Sean “Dance (A$$) Remix” featuring Nicki Minaj <em>Finally Famous</em> (2011)
    <strong>Official Release Date</strong>: October 18, 2011<br />There’s a reason the third time is the charm. “Dance (A$$) Remix” notched Big Sean his first Top 10 hit and the accompanying video, which saw Ms. Minaj (we’re nasty, get it?) pop that thang like a .45, was the envy of many men. Hammer time. <br /><iframe width="620" height="25" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/pn1VGytzXus" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  • *Asher Roth “I Love College,” <em>Asleep in the Bread Aisle</em> (2009) <br />
    5. Asher Roth “I Love College,” <em>Asleep in the Bread Aisle</em> (2009) <br />
    <strong>Official Release Date</strong>: July 13, 2009<br />Forget <em>The Greenhouse Effect</em>. AR’s proper first single is what had the Morrisville, PA spitter heralded as the second coming. Asher’s offering spoke about keg stands and etiquette for dorm fiestas, but it didn’t stop Bun B, Jim Jones and Ludacris from penning their own unofficial remixes. The song peaked at No. 12 on the <em>Billboard</em> Hot 100 and is often credited for birthing frat rap. <br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/lrDrCF-T88g?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/lrDrCF-T88g?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
  • *B.o.B ft. Hayley Williams & Eminem “Airplanes, Part II” <em>B.o.B Presents: The Great Adventures of Bobby Ray</em> (2010) <br />
    4. B.o.B ft. Hayley Williams & Eminem “Airplanes, Part II” <em>B.o.B Presents: The Great Adventures of Bobby Ray</em> (2010) <br />
    <strong>Official Release Date</strong>: October 25, 2010<br />No fluke, here. Though Bob’s second single fell short of topping the charts—peaking at No. 2 on the <em>Billboard</em> Hot 100—the Hayley Williams-assisted offering sold triple platinum. A second part also featuring Eminem helped propel the track into a different stratosphere. The song was nominated for two Grammys. <br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/-HRJbExymk4?version=3&hl=en_US"/><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"/><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"/><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/-HRJbExymk4?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"/></object>
  • *Kid Cudi “Day ‘N’ Nite,” <i>Man On The Moon: The End Of Day (2009)</i><p>
    3. Kid Cudi “Day ‘N’ Nite,” <i>Man On The Moon: The End Of Day (2009)</i>
    <b>Official Release Date:</b> March 20, 2009<br />“Day ‘N’ Nite,” started it all for Kid Cudi, and, to-date is the Cleveland native’s biggest single. The platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated, electro jam even made it all the way to No. 3 on <i>Billboard</i>’s Hot 100, but more importantly it introduced the world to the lonely stoner and his signature brand of emo hip-hop. The song had such an international impact, it spawned remixes from a slew of European dance outfits, including the Italian duo, Crookers, whose version of the track debuted at No. 2 on the UK <i>Billboard</i> charts.<object style="height: 25px; width: 620px"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/VrDfSZ_6f4U?version=3&feature=player_detailpage"/><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"/><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always"/><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/VrDfSZ_6f4U?version=3&feature=player_detailpage" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" allowScriptAccess="always" width="620" height="25"/></object>
  • *Meek Mill “Ima Boss,” <em>MMG Presents: Self Made, Vol. 1</em> (2011)<br />
    2. Meek Mill “Ima Boss,” <em>MMG Presents: Self Made, Vol. 1</em> (2011)<br />
    <strong>Official Release Date:</strong> May 23, 2011<br />“Ima Boss” was arguably the biggest song of the summer in 2011 andmade many top ten singles list the same year. The standout track,produced by Jahil Beats, appeared on the Maybach Music Groupcompilation release, <em>MMG Presents: Self Made, Vol. 1</em>. The remix features Lil Wayne,Birdman, Fabolous, T.I. and Swizz Beatz.<object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie"value="http://www.youtube.com/v/V1cxP2nCBdU?version=3&hl=en_US"/><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"/><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"/><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/V1cxP2nCBdU?version=3&hl=en_US"type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25"allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"/></object>
  • wiz12
    1. Wiz Khalifa “Black And Yellow” <em>Rolling Papers</em> (2011)
    <strong>Official Release Date</strong>: September 14, 2010<br />After powering through the underground with a number of mixtapes and indie releases, Wiz finally scored a breakout hit with this number dedicated to his hometown. The Pittsburgh representer also performed “Black And Yellow” at the 2010 AFC Championship game between the Steelers and the Packers. Although Big Ben and company failed to win the chip that year, Wiz’s record went all the way, topping <em>Billboard</em>’s Hot 100 chart. <br /><iframe width="620" height="25" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/UePtoxDhJSw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  • wat

    Bullshit order.

  • DaFranchize412

    ok two problems i have.

    Charles Hamilton even being on this list….he sucks

    and future…fucking FUTURE having not one but TWO songs in the top 50! that dude is fucking GARBAGE!! he is worse than hamilton….

    but other than that…there’s some jams on this list… i don’t give a shit about the order but s/o to wiz for bein # 1 412 stand up! expect to see B. White of the 58s on this list for the 10 year anniversary

    • http://youtube.com/Louietrax Louietrax

      Ayo… don’t talk shit about charles hamilton @Louietrax

  • Bdub

    FYI, the packers aren’t in the afc. They played the steelers in the super bowl. So your description for the Wiz song, “black n yellow.” Is wrong.

  • Redman

    The problem with this list is there isnt 100 good songs by these people. The list should basically only consist of lupe, jcole, and kendrick lamar with some kid cudi in there. also BASED GOD

  • wat

    Charles Hamilton sucks? What? You’re bugging.

  • Jay Dogon

    DaFranchize412 is obviously lacking in the taste department. His name by itself could tell you that. Charles Hamilton could have probably filled about 80% of this list with great songs and that’s the truth.

  • nothing

    funny thing all these songs are singles right? this list is a joke

  • @ShivBitch

    The problem with this list is its commercial as fuck!!! why couldn’t you put serious cuts from albums and mixtapes instead of tracks that made it on the charts.

    SMH XXL has officially lost its way

  • Lawrence

    This list is butthole.
    1st, Lil B has a song up here..
    2nd, Future has songs up here..
    3rd, Wiz isn’t good, Black and Yellow should’ve been closer to 50.
    4th, Dance (A$$) .. just no.

  • Starchaser

    Da Franchize did you just say Charles Hamilton sucks WTF. Please tell me who you listen to? Guessing by your name ill say Y.G. CH has more quality music put out then your favorite rapper guaranteed!

  • Rex

    Before anyone says anything about the rappers I think the biggest problem is the dumbass that said the Steelers played the Packers in the 2010 AFC Championship. That makes me sick to my stomach

  • MindBlown

    Why did they rank tony montana at 22. SHould be at one million. The whole list is bullshit.

  • jhwg624

    XXL is literally now a joke i wish someone would personally tell every writer that their website and mag has became a joke

  • ALLLREADY

    Pittsburgh on top with this one…cant hate on black n yellow…shit was crazy big
    412 all day

  • http://twitter.com/KazzOfficial Kazz

    2012, 2011, 2010 were the best freshman classes (personally in that order)

  • Dg

    Some of the comments here are hilarious. Just crazy bullshit opinions that hold no weight whatsoever. Dissing Wiz, Wale & Charles Hamilton but praising Lil B? GTFOH!

  • RealDawg

    OK YO FIRST OF ALL ITS REAL DAWG HERE WASSUP BITCHES
    second of all, wtf, this list is wack as fuck?!
    1. Where is XV??
    2. Kick Push shoulda been 1 yo
    3. Meek Mill aint put an album out, as far as im concerned he is a nobody
    4. Imma get laid in this motherfucka do beleee dat

    DIS WAS REAL DAWG TELLIN YALL SOME REAL SHIT
    Night.

  • Hall Of Fame

    You all gave Asher Roth toooooooooo much luv with I Love College and Lupe Kick Push. Good records but Top 10 for this list #NOT.com Everybody else I think was real good.

  • Hall Of Fame

    You all gave Asher Roth toooooooooo much luv with I Love College and Lupe Kick Push. Good records but Top 10 for this list #NOT.com Everybody else I think was real good.

  • BangEm

    lol XXL IS TOO SOFT.

    THIS IS WHY U GUYS SUCK………OLD THE SOURCE >>>>>>> XXL MAG

  • Jakeemthunder

    Where’s Dumb it Down?? that was a single……

    thats better than anything on this list x10000

    and Kick Push is 6??? wow ok….didn’t know Black and Yellow had more lyrical depth than Kick Push..but…ok..

    xxl knows all

  • J-rat

    This is so shitty. def wrong order. Crroked I, Joel Ortiz, Hopsin and Yelawolf were the best on this list and were showed no love. Lupe’s good though.

  • J-rat

    Plus Kendrick, Cole and Cudi.

  • Just A Fan

    Y’all really forgot about A. Roth. “La Di Da”, “As I Em”, “Dope Shit”.

  • ff1one@yahoo.com

    Everyone has their own taste. Without a doubt. However, this magazine use to have some sort of intergity. Now, its all about relationship and ads. Its hard to get real hip hop and real hip hop facts.

  • XXLsucksatmakinglists

    absolutely retarded list. i forgave you for the xxl freshman list, but this is the most mainstream crap hip hop released to our world, with only teenage girls listening to them.

  • Juicy

    Black & Yellow is number one?!?!?!

  • Seth

    the order is all fucked up, whoever made this list needs some help..hii power not in the top 10? this is hip-hop right? it should be top 3 DEFIANTLY

  • DanTheMan

    Where the hell do ya’ll come up with this? I think ya’ll meant the 100 most POPULAR songs, not the greatest. Way too much Rolling Papers on there, that shit was wack. Cuz a song is a hit, don’t mean its a good song.

  • b1tchm0bbbbbbbbbbb

    ITS OUR ROBBERVERSARY

  • http://www.wacp.tv Jmccartn

    Why does it seem when a great artist or act comes out you half the world feeling it and half that dont?
    My Son came up knowing about music while many came up stupid. Why does he RAP the way that he does? Only a weak minded folks in the game would ask that, because a MAN/RAPPER that has made a folowing the way that he does and dont have radio play. Thats why he LOVED and HONERED In the BIZ than the folks on the ground,because he made himself and his image. How many folks you know came up that way. He is not great artist He is PATH FINDER A HALL OF FAMER and WORLD CONQUER! Yes im his dad but damn this young kid is know by homeless kids to the kids in Mansions not every so called Rappers GOT THAT! Luv Pops