A feeble crowd can spoil the most brilliant rap performance, and an electric crowd can energize the most whack rap performance. Because these shows are in essence a conversation between performer and viewer. It takes two to tango.

In the course of our internet-wide search for inspired *crowd* performances from the year to date, it became apparent that the best predictor of crowd performance is song popularity. Go figure.

Click through the gallery to watch video footage of a handful of the most lit rap crowds of the year so far.