The rise of other genres like EDM has made keeping up with all the rap anthems more and more difficult. For rap music, that’s why Summer Jam is a reflection period. I went to Summer Jam and brought back this list of 15 rap songs you need to know.
On Sunday, Summer Jam took place. The world’s biggest rap concert, Summer Jam 2015 featured rappers like Dej Loaf, Travi$ Scott, Fetty Wap, Ty Dolla $ign, Trey Songz, Chris Brown, Fabolous, Kendrick Lamar, Big Sean, and Meek Mill. Alongside the artists, Hot 97’s DJs like Funk Master Flex, Kast One, and Camillo contributed all the gangster rap anthems you could imagine. Fabolous even brought throwbacks. His performance included legendary NYC rappers like Fat Joe, Remy Ma, Method Man, Red Man, Raekwon, Busta Rhymes, Mobb Deep, Lil Kim, The Lox with Jadakiss, and Ma$e. Performances like Fabolous’s allude to the evolution of rap. In terms of live music, the genre has made its transition to the underground.
Most festivals book EDM DJs now aside from popular acts such as Drake, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, Lil Wayne, and Chilidsh Gambino. Over the past year, songs like Migos’s O.T. Genasis’s “Coco,” Rae Sremmurd’s “No Flex Zone,” A$AP Ferg’s “Work,” and Bobby Shmurda’s “Hot N*gga” have dominated because EDM Djs support those records live. Streaming has also taken some focus off traditional mediums like FM radio. To keep up, you have to see rap music live because even a mixtape might slip your ears.
At this year’s Summer Jam, the biggest rap songs might’ve been Rihanna’s “B*tch Better Have My Money” or Drake’s “Know Yourself.” These two records and “F*ck Up Some Commas” were most likely played more than any other songs last Sunday and the crowd loved them. There were several others that may not have gotten finger blasted, but captured the audiences attention. From the fan’s epic reactions, Brobible put together this list of 15 raps songs you need to know. Check them out below!
Rihanna – B*tch Better Have My Money
Drake – Know Yourself
Fetty Wap Ft. Drake – My Way remix
Future Ft. Rick Ross and Big Sean – F*ck Up Some Commas Remix
Kendrick Lamar – Alright