The Perfect List: Top 10 Rap Songs of 2020

While the title is in jest, I am assuming I have listened to more music this year than 95% of the population that creates these types of lists.   In 2020, I listened to at least part of every single record that showed up in “Suggested New Albums” section of Tidal.   Each Friday release day that section gets updated with new releases and there’s usually between 80-120 titles weekly, so let’s cut that down the middle and say 100 a week.    I have listened to at least the first couple tracks of every one of these releases no matter the genre.   If neither of the first two tracks were good, I moved on.  If either one was even remotely worth listening to, I listened to the whole album.   My logic being of course is that most artists at least put one of the best songs on the album right up front to grab the listener,  so logically if I’m not interested in either of the first two,  then the rest of the album won’t be much better.   So let’s say over the course of the last 51 weeks, I have listened to at least part of 5100 albums and while I don’t have a count of all the records I listened to in full,  I’m sure it has to be in the 60-70% range.   As a guy who’s always gravitated towards lists and rankings but realizing that the person writing them probably listened to virtually nothing, I feel damn good that these are at least solid lists, if not great ones.  Of course, they still must be in my wheelhouse, but my tastes are as wide open as anyone I know.   So yeah, these are perfect lists.   Just go with it.

  • Ranking: #10
  • Artist: Nana
  • Song: King’s Blvd 2
  • Album: Save Yourself
  • Release Date: 11/6/2020
  • Label: None
  • Ranking: #9
  • Artist: Black Thought, Pusha T; Swizz Beats; Killer Mike
  • Song: Good Morning
  • Album: Streams of Thought, Vol. 3
  • Release Date: 10/16/2020
  • Label: Republic
  • Ranking: #8
  • Artist: Lack of Afro, Watsky
  • Song: Not a Problem
  • Album: I’m Here Now
  • Release Date: 5/8/2020
  • Label: The Bastion Music Group
  • Ranking: #7
  • Artist: Koi, grouptherapy.
  • Song: Ice Chips
  • Album: This is Not the Album
  • Release Date: 4/1/2020
  • Label: None
  • Ranking: #6
  • Artist: D Smoke
  • Song: No Commas
  • Album: Black Habits
  • Release Date: 2/7/2020
  • Label: Woodworks
  • Ranking: #5
  • Artist: Jeezy
  • Song: Billions
  • Album: Twenty/20 Pyrex Vision
  • Release Date: 3/27/2020
  • Label: Agency 99
  • Ranking: #4
  • Artist: Janelle Monae
  • Song: Turntables
  • Album: All In: The Fight for Democracy Soundtrack
  • Release Date: 9/8/2020
  • Label: Bad Boy
  • Ranking: #3
  • Artist: Pete Rock, Camp Lo
  • Song: Starlight Glitz
  • Album: 80 Blocks from Tiffany’s II
  • Release Date: 5/22/2020
  • Label: Tru Soul
  • Ranking: #2
  • Artist: Arrested Development; Let the Dirt Say Amen & Fro Magnum Man
  • Song: Play with Fire
  • Album: Don’t Fight Your Demons
  • Release Date: 9/25/2020
  • Label: Vagabond
  • Ranking: #1
  • Artist: Run the Jewels; Greg Nice
  • Song: Ooh La La
  • Album: RTJ4
  • Release Date: 6/3/2020
  • Label: Jewel Runners

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