This song is just extremely catchy, the whistling DJ Mustard beat bullied around by B.o.B. and 2 Chainz. The record was heard everywhere, from the club to the radio.
Hottest Singles Of 2013
Lawd, this track is dope! Fredo released "Jealous" on Halloween, and it clearly has a monstrous feel. It seemed like an odd collaboration at first, but the rapper-meet-trapper collab turned out great. Both artists stayed true to their style, making it a single to remember.
Whether directing videos, producing instrumentals or spitting rhymes, Travi$ Scott does it all. "Upper Echelon" exhibits his talents entirely, and the blaring beat drops like a bomb. It's hard to say who had the best verse, but T.I. undoubtedly went IN.
This song has an bit of a depressing vibe, but Tech N9ne and K. Dot most definitely bring it to life. Tech's blazing fast verse opens both your eyes and ears, and Kendrick assists in the lamenting of the negative effects of music journalism. Kendall Morgan sings an amazing chorus as well.
42. Childish Gambino - Sweatpants
Perhaps the most lyrical song on Because The Internet. Like most of 'Bino's tracks, "Sweatpants" is witty and fun to listen to. You can't go wrong with Problem ad-libs, either.
40. Kevin Gates - 4:30 AM
A smoked-out cut with heavy production that finds Gates rapping about some of his most personal street tales. The track is definitely a standout from his new Stranger Than Fiction album.
Although the sound of Spitta's lazy flow over Lex Luger's charged-up production is spectacular, the hypnotically dope hook was probably the best part of this track, with Wiz and Rozay had contributing nice verses as well. All three rhyme about expensive cars, luxury and the benefits of living that life.
Wayne spit refined, punch-line riddled wordplay over this melodic monster of a beat, and the song's borderline unreasonable bass rattled car speakers everywhere. 2 Chainz may not have a verse, but his infectious hook made the song a hit. The explicit track even got some radio time.
33. Meek Mill - Lil Nigga Snupe
First and foremost, R.I.P. Lil Snupe. Meek recorded this song in tribute to the promising young DreamChasers who was taken from us all too soon. He poured his heart and soul into this track, and it revealed his rarely-heard compassionate side. The cut is an undeniable standout from his latest mixtape DC3.
32. Lil Durk - Dis Ain't What U Want
A true street smash from Lil Durk. As opposed to the other rappers from Chicago's 300 movement, Lil Durk has a polished, clean sound that has carried him to relative mainstream success, Durk gained more buzz in 2013, and is looking to release his major label debut album this coming year.
31. Kanye West - Blood On The Leaves
Arguably the most explosive song of the whole year. When the bass drops, it feels as though the earth has split. The man rarely disappoints when employing Auto-Tune, and "Blood On The Leaves" found him at his most emotional and passionate.
29. RiFF RAF F- How To Be The Man
The title says it all. "How To Be The Man" finds JODY HiGHROLLER at the height of his powers, playfully rapping over an undeniably catchy DJ Mustard beat. Don't lie - you love it.
Nobody expected this when it first dropped. When the MMLP2 tracklist revealed this collaboration, hip-hop fans went nuts in anticipation. When it first leaked, most listeners scratched their heads. However, the topical song turned out as a nice surprise, the kind of track that grows on you-- which turned out to be what the producer, Rick Rubin, intended. As he said in an interview about the creation of "Love Game"-- "It’s supposed to sound a little wrong. But that’s the strength in it—how do you make this work? Like, 'Wow. I don’t really like this, but I want to listen to it again.'"
My Name Is My Name was a strong debut across the board, and while Pusha Ton is always lyrical, the addition of Kendrick Lamar brings “Nosetalgia” to a whole 'nother level. The cocaine-inspired track featured both K. Dot and Pusha's personal take on how the drug affected their respective lives-- whether it was by selling it or simply being around it. Bar-for-bar, it was probably a dead tie between the two emcees.
19. Mac Miller - Watching Movies
“Watching Movies” was real trippy, featuring the all-grown-up Mac Miller. Mac’s eloquent verses over the knocking production made for a crazy single, one you could keep on repeat. The chopped-n-screwed hook was a nice touch as well.
16. Pusha T - Numbers On The Boards
An eccentric song from King Push, which gained even more momentum than "Nosetalgia." The extremely simple beat raised some eyebrows-- some thought it was annoying, others thought it was refreshing. No need to ponder on his lyrics, though. He bodied this shit.
15. Drake - Hold On, We’re Going Home (Feat. Majid Jordan)
A crossover smash. This R&B track exemplifies Drake’s well-known softer side, which is something that separates him from ordinary street rappers. “Hold On, We’re Going Home” had obvious success, as Drake attempted to create a single that would stand the test of time (we'll have to wait and see), one that could reach multiple audiences. While some aren't down for Drizzy's singing tendencies, he's nonetheless expressed that he wants to create many more songs like this in the future.
14. Kanye West - New Slaves
One of the more controversial tracks on Yeezus, but it's a stand-out nonetheless. This angry, penetrating track has got to be one of the most powerful song’s of Kanye’s phenomenal music career. The progressive beat matched Ye’s furious tone perfectly. Plus it did have the "best rap verse of all time" according to Yeezus himself.
Essentially “I’m On One 2.0”. Drizzy, Wayne, and Ross linked up for another huge club banger via DJ Khaled's coordination. Drake’s verse was the highlight on this one, and the term "No New Friends" became widely popular thanks to this record.
11. French Montana - Ain’t Worried About Nothin
This tune sounds extra dope in the whip. The thundering bass makes this beat special. While French Montana's Excuse My French did not do as well as the rapper may have anticipated, he definitely had a hit with "Ain't Worried About Nothin."
Real wavy track and music video. Q and Kendrick went off on this, spitting fire verses on a rather mellow beat, which drummed up lots of anticipation for the delayed Oxymoron album. Don't fret now, the album is finally slated for February release.
Another huge song from Drake, one of many. The Key Wane-produced banger found life in clubs and all over the radio. Much intensity was expressed in Drake’s verse. The two G.O.O.D. Music studs brought their A-game also, opening and closing the track with fireworks.
7. Rocko - U.O.E.N.O (Feat. Rick Ross & Future)
One of year’s dopest beats, produced by Childish Major. Future’s infectious hook and Rozay’s infamous date rape line overshadowed Rocko on his own record-- nonetheless it did give the track a ton of publicity. Not to mention the numerous remixes from the likes of A$AP Rocky, Trinidad James, 2 Chainz, Wiz Khalifa, and Lil Wayne helped keep this one in constant rotation.
Easily the most talked about song of the year, although it didn't actually end up any album to speak of. Kendrick single-handedly spawned fury in the rap game, and claimed himself the King of New York. This grimy, raw rap song came in the dog days of August, and remained the topic of conversation for many weeks following its release. Sean’s and Jay Electronica’s verses are not to be overlooked, though. All three rappers went in with intent to kill.
Love em or hate em, but Migos undeniably dropped one of the flashiest song’s of the year, adding to the Versace craze in rap. Drake kickstarted their popularity with his fluent jaw-dropping verse. Props to Zaytoven for producing the trendy track’s irresistible beat.
3. Rich Homie Quan - Type Of Way
Serious contender for song of the summer. Straight out ATL, “some type of way, make me feel some type of way” found itself being repeated across the country. Quan’s stardom came rather unexpectedly in 2013, but “Type Of Way” proves he has the hit-making skills to stay around for a long time.
An anthem for sure. DJ Mustard supplied a ridiculously catchy beat for his frequent collaborator YG, and the three trappers did it justice. This record’s success is more due to Rich Homie than it is YG, as he sang a hook that’s nearly impossible not to shout out.
1. Drake - Started From The Bottom
Possibly the biggest song of Drake’s career. When this record first broke in February, you knew Drizzy wasn’t playing. The first single from Nothing Was The Same was triumphant, addictive, and even a bit spooky-- making much anticipation for the album itself. The music video was a kick as well, proving Drizzy's sense of humor.
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HotNewHipHop counts down the 50 Hottest Singles from the past year.
Another stellar year for hip-hop. As the digital market continued to flourish, singles did accordingly. From Chicago trap to New York boom-bap to Houston trill, it’s all here. Not only were the year’s top singles diverse, but their marketing tactics were unique as well (take Kanye’s “New Slaves”, for example).
It is no surprise that Kendrick Lamar and DJ Mustard had monster years, and their success is reflected in this list-- funnily enough, K. Dot had no single in 2013 yet appeared on many records. Additional names that appear numerous times are the likes of Drake, Future, and 2 Chainz. With 2014 on our doorstep, we compiled a list of the Hottest Singles Of 2013-- these take into account the views a track received on our site, as well as their popularity not only on HNHH but around the world, plus the strength of the record itself.
We're counting down from #50 to #1. Let's go.