Impact Track

J. Cole f/ TLC – “Crooked Smile”

J. Cole f/ TLC – “Crooked Smile”

It was a match made in heaven when J. Cole resurrected the legendary ladies of TLC, T-Boz and Chili, for an uplifting tune about loving the skin you’re in.

JAY Z f/ Justin Timberlake – “Holy Grail”

Jay Z f/ Justin Timberlake – “Holy Grail”

Jay and JT’s collective star power makes a song about the ups-and-downs of fame a powerful, relatable moment in music. 

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis F/ Mary Lambert – “Same Love”

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis F/ Mary Lambert – “Same Love”

The No H8 anthem talked about sexual orientation in a way that was honest and refreshing and scored a big win for progressive diversity in hip hop.

Wale f/ Sam Dew – “LoveHate Thing”

Wale f/ Sam Dew – “LoveHate Thing”

Your homies might change for the worse after fame, but you gotta show’ em love anyway. That’s the message on Wale’s Sam Dew-assisted banger. 

Kanye West – “Black Skinhead”

Kanye West – “Black Skinhead”

In his customary unapologetic way, Yeezy tackled racism, social issues and the pesky paparazzi on this compelling rant over a hard-charging beat.

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