2020 in music felt like a drag. Aside from a number of brave acts releasing new music last year, many rappers and singers sat on hard drives full of new songs and albums waiting for the COVID-19 quarantine to be lifted and open outside. Times have finally shifted. And with the resumption of concerts, clubs and parties that can be attended (for the most part) without fear for one’s own health, rappers such as Drake, J. Cole and Tyler, The Creator, among others, have made up for lost time with a large number of publications in the Year 2021 so far.
Although he faked his January drop Certified lover boy Album Drake made noise with an appetizer called Creepy Hours 2in March to keep people up. The three-part release hosted another coveted collaboration with Rick Ross, “Lemon Pepper Freestyle”. Co-produced by the likes of Keanu Beats, Boi-1da and others, the mesmerizing song flips a live iteration of Quadron’s “Pressure” and provides a posh, luxurious, rap-oriented foundation for the two to spit fire.
Since the beginning of his career, Tyler, The Creator has released a new project every two years. After the release of the Grammy-winning 2019 IGOR , he came out of the cut and let goCall me if you get lostEnd of June. The Billboard 200 No. 1-Selling LP, which is a certified Gangsta Grillz project with DJ Drama, has more bars than a blank notebook of sheet music, not just from Tyler but also from artists like YoungBoy Never Broke Again and TyDolla $ ign on “Wusyaname” Likewise. The track, produced by Wolf Haley himself, reworks H-Town’s “Back Seat (Wit No Sheets)” and to spice it up even more, Ty Dolla $ ign’s vocals are exaggerated.
J. Cole has one of the best mixtape catalogs in rap. He brought that hungry, better yet, starving energy back for his highly anticipated sixth album.The low season which was released a few months ago in May. With a 12-track offering that defines the phrase “no skips”, his pen is sharper than ever, which is evident on records like “My.Life” with 21 Savage and Morray. What sounds like a sequel to “A Lot” are all threeXXLFreshmen – Cole in 2010, 21 in 2016, and Morray this year – deliver solid rhymes over a dizzying beat co-produced by Jake One and Wu10. Cole walks with a merciless approach, the verse of 21 is crammed with quotes and Morray’s Hook will give anyone goose bumps.
The high quality execution has made these songs indisputable favorites when it comes to the best of the year. But of course they weren’t the only ones putting up money balls. Below are more heat rocks that made waves both commercial and underground, including “Rapstar” by Polo G, “Dr. Suess ”by Ski Mask The Slump God,“ Twerkulator ”by City Girls,“ Leave The Door Open ”by Silk Sonic and many, many more.
Check out the best hip hop songs of 2021 below and see which of your favorites made it.