Best Hip Hop Song of the Year

 “Bad” - Wale feat. Tiara Thomas

“Bad” - Wale feat. Tiara Thomas

Fear of commitment hinders the MMG rapper’s love interest in this Tiara Thomas-assisted jam with a soul-piercing hook. 

“High School” - Nicki Minaj feat. Lil Wayne

“High School” - Nicki Minaj feat. Lil Wayne

 Far from a teenage love, Nicki Minaj seductively teases the object of her affection, who just happens to be played by her Young Money boss.   

“Holy Grail” - Jay Z feat. Justin Timberlake

“Holy Grail” - Jay Z feat. Justin Timberlake

Fame is the drug Jay Z and Justin Timberlake try to wean themselves off of, making the lead track off Magna Carta Holy Grail a clear standout.  

“Poetic Justice” - Kendrick Lamar feat. Drake

“Poetic Justice” - Kendrick Lamar feat. Drake

K. Dot and Drizzy reboot Janet Jackson’s “Any Time, Any Place,” adding tranquil love rhymes to her ode to sexual exhibitionism.  

“Power Trip” - J. Cole feat. Miguel

“Power Trip” - J. Cole feat. Miguel

J. Cole is tangled in love’s rapture and, even with Miguel’s help, Young Simba is powerless against a dangerous concubine.

“Started From the Bottom” – Drake

“Started From the Bottom” – Drake

If you can relate to any part of Drake’s come up, then “Started From the Bottom” resonates for good reason!