The Overlooked Hip Hop Bangers of 2008

I’m sure there’s an additional 483 songs I’m forgetting, but screw it…Jeff already has the Best Songs of ’08 on lock, so I’m left tossing out the crumbs for the songs no one else is really giving shine to that I still bumped in the iPod, the iPhone, and the Rocc Mobile.

“Fried Chicken” Nas f/ Busta Rhymes

“Small Time” 2ew Gunn Ciz

“The Light ‘08” Common & Just Blaze

“Can We Hang Out Tonight?” Count Bass D

“How We Rock” Termanology f/ Bun B

“Squeeze” Dumhi f/ Reef the Lost Cauze

“Everything is Heltah Skeltah” Heltah Skeltah

“Guessing Game” Elzhi

“I’m Me Freestyle” Royce 5’9’’

“It’s Like That” The Lox

“Tokyo Raul” MAGr

“Gift Wrap” Che Grand

“Won’t Trade” Q-Tip

“Croskey Street” Nico the Beast

 “Pain Language” DJ Muggs f/ Planet Asia

“How We Rock” Termanology f/ Bun B

“Living For the City” Statik Selektah f/ MOP, Jadakiss

“75 Bars” The Roots

“Hell Yeah” Black Milk f/ Fat Ray

“Up All Nite” Johnson & Johnson

“Lonely People” B.o.B.

“The Perfect Plan” Wale

“Street Lights” Kanye West

“More Towels” Peedi Crakk

“Cypher” Wale f/ Young Chris, Freeway, Beans

“Computer Love” Ghostface

“I’m Coming” Jake One f/ Black Milk, Nottz

“Maybach Music” Rick Ross f/ Jay-Z

“From Then Til Now” Jadakiss

“Put It On the Ritz” Triple Nickels

“My People” Mally from the 612

“Parking Lot” The Knux

“Bitches and Drugs” Jay Electronica

“Unsigned MC’s (Small Pro Remix)” Has Lo

“50/50” Mike Beatz

“Everybody” Fonzworth Bentley f/ Kanye West, Andre 3000

“Camel” Flying Lotus

“Outta Control” P Brothers f/ Roc Marciano

“Not That Easy” Reef the Lost Cauze f/ Ethel Cee

“Broken Heart” Pharoahe Monch

“Ghetto Red Hot” Hustle Simmons

“Three in the Chamber” DJ K.O. f/ Torae, Kaze, O.C.

“One More Drink” Ludacris f/ T-Pain




  1. You left out:

    Snow-Roc Marciano
    The Artistic Integrity-Wale
    Woman Problems-Pacific Division
    B.I.B.L.E-Ras Kass
    Shake This-Royce Da 5’9″
    Love Don’t-C.R.A.C. Knuckles
    Crash-Che Grand
    She Moved Outta Cincy-Tanya Morgan
    Winds Of Change-Emc
    Shoulda Known-Atmosphere
    Legend-Mighty Joseph
    Tale Of 32-Black Spade
    Children Sing-Pace Won & Mr. Green
    The Upgrade-J-Live f/Oddisee & Posdnous
    This Is What It Sounds Like-Little Vic
    God Less America-7L & Esoteric
    Oceans 7-State Property
    Half Man, Half Vicious-Illogic f/Ill Poetic
    Duece/Ypsi-Invincible f/Buff1, Sun & PL
    Goodness Music-Buff1
    The Transitional Joint-Elzhi
    Catapults-Now On
    Strategies-Shawn Jackson f/Guilty Simpson
    Timeless-Illa J
    Trouble Is..-Common Market
    Put Ya Stamp On It-Akrobatik f/Talib Kweli
    No One Knows-J-Dilla
    Yoko Ono-Danny! f/Che Grand
    Nice Guys Finish Last-88 Keys
    3 Kings-Chaundon f/Torae & Skyzoo
    Insane-Heltah Skeltah
    The Chosen-Termanology
    Ronald-New Jack Hustle
    Sidetracked-Joe Budden
    Society Is Brainwashed-Ill Bill
    7 Pounds-GZA
    Hagler-Jay Electronica
    For Whom The Bell Tolls-Evidence f/Phonte, Blu &
    School-DJ Revolution f/Planet Asia
    Hashashins-DJ Muggs & Planet Asia ft. Turban & Chace Infinite
    Don’t Sleep-Invincible f/Finale

    That’s enough. Nice list…you’re lucky I can’t remember a lot of joints and my brothers on the G5 Tower or I’d keep going. LOL.


  2. See I tried to keep it at 1 track per artist. Some of those joints, like “Shake This,” “Yessir,” “Winds of Change,” “Timeless,” etc. have been written about or covered by guys much smarter than me (Brandon, Jeff, Dan Love, etc) so I attempted to communicate my love for the album cut or dope single that flew under the radar to the good people. But Dart your list is still chock full o’ hot shit!

  3. And don’t forget about Reks! He’s got some very good songs and his album is in my top 10 of the year.

  4. You like that One More Drink? Great concept… but I just can’t stand the guy anymore. (Although, he’s had his moments here and there on remixes this year.)

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