5 worst rap songs of 2011

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Is it safe to say the hip-hop's current era of triumphantism is officially over? Does anyone really troll R&B/rap stations expecting to be challenged in any way? The answer to the first question is a resounding yes; the answer to the second is a booming no. There's no way around the fact that mainstream rap was all but moribund in 2011, bloated on its own hype and losing out to a vibrant, uncompromising underground/semi-underground scene; that a complacency is developing in some segments of said scene is endemic of a malaise that afflicts the genre as yesterday's titans or sub-titans diversify their revenue sources and attempt to co-opt the underground in order to establish their own fiefdoms. It isn't so much that most of rap is about how awesome it is to be rich, but that more and more often, rap is about how hard it is to be an independent rapper with no album out or on the horizon but somehow maintaining a strong regional following. Honestly? It's all a bit boring, in a depressing way, but nowhere near as boring as these five songs are.

A$AP Rocky, "Peso"



The history of rap is lousy with crap MCs. Vanilla Ice; The Madd Rapper; Lil Jon; most of Jay-Z's State Property-era weed-carrier fools; Jim Jones. And when I say "crap MCs," I'm referring to rappers whose flows are actively aggravating and noisome. You cannot bear them, you cannot tolerate their personal styles. A$AP Rocky is somehow worse than the worst of the crap MCs because it's like he opens his mouth and spits rhymes, but then later when you try to remember anything memorable or distinctive or even annoying about his performance - a sharp or weak lyric, some distinction of cadence or meter, anything, whatever - absolutely nothing springs to mind. It's as though the song didn't even happen; the guy is a rap black hole. No heat or light escapes him. Seriously. I'm trying to hum the beat to "Peso" right now, and I just can't, because A$AP Rocky has somehow subsumed the production to his hit single. Why are so many people who should know better buying into this?


Pusha T, "Alone In Vegas"



Remember how there was supposed to be a Pusha T debut in stores this year that wasn't a glorified mixtape? That never happened because Pusha's mixtape joints rarely rose above the quality of this song, which furthers the idea that being in Las Vegas is equivalent to being on top of the world or something. There's just absolutely no immediacy to anything this guy puts his name on anymore; he's made it, so he's spinning his wheels and waiting for the acclaim and paydays he feels he's always been entitled to. Lame!


Rick Ross, "I Love My Bitches"



Somewhere, in a sub-basement full of rabid pitbulls, DMX is wondering why he didn't use this title first. As you probably know, Ross's burgeoning Maybach Music empire is slowly but surely gaining traction, which is really good for rap in at least one sense: a little Ross goes a very, very long way. He's not an especially creative or versatile rapper, and is best taken in small doses, usually as a guest on other artists' singles. On "Bitches," Ross's opulence rings hollow, he loses his audience before he's halfway through, and all but wastes Just Blaze's louche beat by giving up a minute or so before the song's even over, in so doing acknowledging the beat's utter and complete superiority. (Don't get me started on the lyric about eating lobster bisque for breakfast, which is almost as insipid as some of the couplets from last year's "Blowin' Money Fast.") For some reason, people by and listen to entire albums by this guy.


Kreayshawn, "Gucci Gucci"



Gives hope to anybody who thinks they can be a rapper because they want to be one. Therefore: gives comfort and succor to the enemy. Fail!


Lil Wayne, "How To Love"



You know how Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s NASCAR seasons have kind of gotten worse and worse over the past couple years, to the point where everybody excepts that he's still racing cars and rocking endorsement deals but most people don't expect him to amount to much? That's the place were Weezy is right now, crossed with Herman Cain ridiculousness, except that Herman Cain is way, way more interesting right now than Weezy has been in years. "How To Love" is a placeholder, really; this could be any song off Tha Carter IV, which my local library had but I didn't even bother to copy into my iTunes. Yuuuch.



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n0scr33nn4m3
n0scr33nn4m3

I was interested in this until I saw that Ray Cummings used "by" when he meant "buy" and "excepts" when he meant "accepts."  Based on this, I have decided that his opinion is not better informed than my own.  

Yourmom
Yourmom

No Nikki Minaj stuff on here?? She should've made number 1 of the worst, 2nd Wiz Kalifa, 3rd all of Power106's line up because they've fallen off big time. 

Grammar & Spelling Nazi
Grammar & Spelling Nazi

ACK. 

In the Lil Wayne blurb:

"...to the point where everybody EXCEPTS that he's still racing cars..."

Come on now!

Poetix
Poetix

I think everyone defending the author is missing the point. It is not that these songs are that great, but the tone of the article, like he is talking down to the artists and fans reading this. Ok, in my opinion Kreayshawn is garbage and should be on the list. Rick Ross is at best a mediocre lyricist but does manage to put together pretty good albums, lil wayne was out of bounds with that how to love shit,cause that is not a hip hop song. It is a pop song with a rapper singing on it. But to dismiss the entire Carter IV is bullshit. There are a couple solid songs on there at least, and I'm not even into weezy like that.I like the Peso joint and if you not a street type of dude you probably not gonna like Pusha T anyway. But the shit this guy is saying has nothing to do with making good hip hop, but sounds like some high brow insults.

Crushkill.
Crushkill.

An open question to anyone who disagreed with the list: What were the 5 worst rap songs of 2011?

BricksquadENT
BricksquadENT

STOP WRITING ABOUT BAD THINGS AND WRITE ABOUT GOOD THINGS

shayla walker
shayla walker

I don't agree that those are the WORST songs (except for gucci gucci) but I don't like any of the artist except pusha T and I don't like any of the songs except for Alone in Vegas. Maybe the author should have kept it that simple. 

Rafael Gonzalez
Rafael Gonzalez

This is like a white teacher with very Eurocentric ideologies teaching African history to an all white class. My question to the City Pages is, why is this guy even worthy of writing about our culture? What gives him this credibility? Whether these songs are good or not doesn't matter. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion when it comes to music, but wouldn't it make much better sense to have actual artists within the hip hop community- who have a better expertise on the culture- be the ones to take on this type of responsibility? Don't we deserve that? Any list of songs should be decided by a group of artists within that community through open dialogue, rather than some dude spewing insults and pissing people off. What upsets me is that this garbage is reaching a high volume of people, and some of them only get exposure to hip hop by consuming the message that the authors portray. Get fucking real yo.

Bazookatooth
Bazookatooth

holy crap it's been a while since I heard a bunch of songs so BORING! None of them have good flow, or decent tracks, or decent beats. What's with all the love for 'Peso'? Author's right, no classic moment, just samey boooooring. Glad to see Lil Wayne made the list. Knock him off his pedestal, he hasn't had a good track in years. Let's hope for a brighter future in Hip Hop, none of this lazy hypecrap.

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guest
guest

All these songs are bad. Well I won't say the Pusha T song is bad, but it certainly isn't interesting. The rest are bad. I even like "Gucci Gucci," but for it's novelty. I like it, but I would never defend it as a good song.

Some of you are acting like this is what all Hip-Hop sounds like in 2011, and by not liking these songs, the author is showing how little he actually likes or knows about Hip-Hop. But this isn't what all Hip-Hop sounds like in 2011. I think a lot of you are demonstrating how little Hip-Hop awareness you have in 2011.The genre is as diverse as it's ever been and the author is showing he doesn't care for this particular lane very much. Yes, I will say that all of these artists share a similar or at lane in Hip-Hop (overlapping themes/content, style, fanbases, etc.) which is nothing like that of say Phonte, J. Cole, Big KRIT, or Kendrick Lamar (all artists who released albums/mixtapes this year). He's allowed that. His grammar, though, needs work.

Sevadar Sehaj
Sevadar Sehaj

This article should have never seen the light of day. Who is the editor for city pages? how are you going to put out an article on the 5 worst rap songs of the year by a writer who sounds like he doesn't know the first thing about how to appreciate rap music? I bet you ask him what the 5 best rap songs of 2011 were and they wouldn't even be considered rap by most folks. I'm not down with country music for too many reasons to count, that's why I don't listen. And I sure as hell shouldn't be in charge of making a "5 worst country songs of the year list" because I wouldn't know where to start, almost every country song sounds like garbage to me. So I ask you again: Why on earth would you put out this article that is so dismissive, and so drenched in hate and racism that it is hard for me to believe that this author had any or has any love for rap music in the first place. Yuuuuch.

Tone
Tone

This is one of those lists that says nothing about the songs and everything about the author.  "Worst-way-to-expose-your-inner-misunderstanding-and-insecurities-about-race-and-identity-and-more-importantly-a-music-culture-you-are-pretending-to-defend-but-haven't-yet-grasped-the-core-meaning of 2011".  I don't think there are any requirements to write for the City Pages these days.

Franz Diego
Franz Diego

This entire entry saddens me.  It is misinformed and very ignorant. It is quite obvious the writer has no connection to rap, hip hop or people of color.  These songs are definitely not the worst, in fact they are pretty fuckin good and if you were paying attention to rap this year, you would know that ASAP Rocky is one of the best out along with that song and video, You would know that the topic that lil wayne covered is a topic that affects millions of people in this country and is seldom talked about in pop culture, you would know that pusha t's tape was one of the hottest of the year and you would know why.

I dont know how to convey why this entry is so poor and disrespectful.  Perhaps because the criticisms of the artist have actually nothing to do with the content of the artistry.  Do you even know what these rappers are rapping about? Do you know why? If you did, then you would understand why they are so important to people of color and lower class folks across the country.  There is a reason why these songs and rappers resonate around the country (with the exception of Kreayshawn who is still a one hit wonder at this point) Perhaps you should take some more time and put rap in the true context of 2011, where white hipster internet bloggers from the rural midwest get to bash and manipulate the public's view of a cultural music coming out of the dangerous and impoverished innercity black youth.  Then maybe we can have a fair and reasonable approach to this topic and talk about why this music is constantly misunderstood, mispackaged and raped.  

Please in the future do a better job of understanding the cultural and social value of the artists you write about before bashing them and understand the responsibility you have to be accurate to your audience.

Scoops
Scoops

Wow.. Did this turn into a an episode of Oprah or what? I think you are being way too sensitive about a stupid blog post. They are just opinions for christ sakes. Hip hop is very diverse and its easy to like some of it, and totally have some it.  While I agree these are not the worst songs of 2011, some of these songs are pretty bad. ASAP Rocky seems like a parody to me, and I have to agree that there is nothing original about the song.  That kreayshawn song is just so annoying. I think the Pusha T song and the Lil wayne song are decent.

Also, you attack the author for being insensitive, but at the same time manage to be extremely condescending by referring to Minneapolis/St. Paul as the "rural midwest". You also assume the author is a "white hipster".  Im pretty sure anyone who has ever been to Minneapolis would not call it "rural".

P.S. I could spend 5 minutes on youtube and find at least 100 worse rap songs from 2011.

Cbatson
Cbatson

There better be a 5 best hip hop songs of the year to follow. If these are the 5 worst, I shudder to find out what you consider the 5 best to be.

How can you hate Peso? I'm not sold completely on Asap yet but Peso is clearly a good song

Dan Frye
Dan Frye

This list is horrible.

I'm guessing you just picked some of the most popular songs off of rap blogs (see the first 3) so that you seem like some type of elitist. Congratulations for going against the grain. You probably hate the new Roots' album because it's getting good reviews.

Gucci Gucci and anything from The Carter IV deserve to be on this list.

Bianca
Bianca

WHAT! Gucci Gucci inspired me not to be a basic bitch.... bitch please.

coasta
coasta

If you are learning from kreayshawn then you need better teachers.

Bianca
Bianca

Let me guess, your pick for the best rap song of 2011 is "Super Bass" by Nicki Minaj, right?

Bianca
Bianca

JK. I hope his favorite song of the year is Big Sean's "Dance (Ass)" because, really, there's nothing better for hip hop than talkin about making dat ass hammertime.

Andy P.
Andy P.

Pusha t's debut came out a few weeks ago btw.

Dan Frye
Dan Frye

That was actually a retail release of 'Fear Of God' with several new songs.

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