15. Big KRIT - Mt. Olympus
14. Schoolboy Q - Studio
13. Nicki Minaj - Chiraq
12. A$AP Mob - Hella Hoes
YG is one of the artists at the forefront of the massive West Coast hip hop revival. Game was the bridge between the old school Snoop and Dre's, but it's the TDE guys, YG, and artists like Vince Staples, Joey Fatts, and Casey Veggies that are securing the new school's future. There's not much to say about Kendrick Lamar features. They're insane, that's all. Krazy. Yes, this spot could have easily gone to "Who Do You Love" as well.
8. Wiz Khalifa - We Dem Boyz
Another case where the original song is a banger, but the remix steps it up to the next level. The rework of "We Dem Boyz" features a completely different arrangement and production, and we also get verses from Rick Ross, Schoolboy Q, and Nas. Both versions are great in their own right, setting the tone for Wiz's Blacc Hollywood, which hit stores yesterday.
7. Rae Sremmurd - No Flex Zone
This Mississippi set of brothers (Slim Jimmy, 20 & Swae Lee, 19) took the game by storm with their Mike Will Made It-produced smash. It's all about trendsetting rather than hypebeasting, and the track got them signed to Mike Will's recently formed label, so we're sure we'll hear more from the duo soon. We should also mention that another rapper who came up with his brother, Pusha T, absolutely murdered this beat.
Rick Ross dropped his epic album Mastermind earlier this year to critical acclaim, even if sales were slightly lower than expected. One of the highlights of the album was this track that took the game by storm, with an infectious hook by Big Sean and a killer feature from Yeezus. Ye also helped produce the song, with help from Mike Dean and DJ Mustard. Big Sean originally recorded his own verse that was cut from the album version, but still made its way to the internet.
5. Bobby Shmurda (among others) - Hot Nigga
Like some of the other songs on the list, this was a case of an awesome beat coming out (for the second time, mind you, yes, Lloyd Banks had it first), with a vulnerable vocal performance attached to it, and other rappers pounced. I think literally every rapper on the map did their take on this one, almost topping the number of remixes we had to "Started From The Bottom" a couple years ago. Hey, at least we got a new dance out of it.
Future continued his hot streak this year with hits like this, which dominated the airwaves for a while. The infectious hook, paired with the never-fail DMV duo of Pusha T and Pharrell took this song over the top, creating arguably one of Future's biggest hits to date.
It's been a bumpy road the last few years for Weezy. He acknowledged in early 2014 that he realized he didn't have a great last couple years and vowed to work harder in 2014 to bring hip hop fans great music. He's backed up that promise so far, releasing three singles so far off of Tha Carter V, with all three far exceeding general expectation. The best of the bunch so far is the lead single, "Believe Me" which features two verses for the ages from Drake and bars from Wayne that evoke memories of his Drought 3 and Dedication 2 era.
2. Jeezy ft. Jay Z - Seen It All
Jeezy and Hov have a long history of putting out amazing music together, from the "Go Crazy" remix to Blueprint 3's "Real As It Gets". Their newest cut, produced by Cardo, may be the best of the bunch though, as the pair give emotional testaments of their snow shoveling pasts. The first single from Jeezy's album of the same name, "Seen It All" is the self-proclaimed first chapter in a new era for Jeezy.
1. Drake - 0-100
Yung Aubrey has a way of taking over the game with the flip of a switch any time he drops a new track. He gives the people his version, then within a week we have every other rapper we'd ever want to hear (plus the ones we didn't) release their rendition. "0-100" was no different, with everyone and their brother taking a stab at the Boi-1da banger.
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While 2013 may have been the year of the album, with heavyweights like Jay Z, Eminem, and Kanye West all dropping new projects, 2014 is the year of the monster song. From all the way back in January until now, we've been bombarded with heat, one trending song after the next. We figure the rest of the year will be a lot more of the same (see our Top 10 most anticipated albums list) so we wanted to recap the first 8 months before we hit the home stretch. We'll be ranking not only on the viral nature of the song, but also by quality. We also won't double count one song by multiple artists, like giving Ace Hood and Lil Durk spots for what they did on "0-100", rather we'll put all of the hottest versions in one spot to make things a little easier.
Obviously, this will be a hotly contested and debatable list, as much of it comes down to personal preference and individual taste, so leave any suggestions in the comment section, or hit us up on Twitter and Facebook to let your voice be heard!