The ceaseless influx of music in a web-based climate has made it tough to keep up with the latest releases. Furthermore, browsing through tracklists and singles on a regular basis tends to get exhausting and time consuming. Taking that into account, HipHopDX is devoted to ensuring that the process of keeping things interesting so far as Hip Hop is concerned never becomes tedious.
With artists churning out material non-stop, it’s important to have the freshest cuts set aside from the rest. For those who aren’t particularly fond of going through entire albums to find joints that resonate with them, our picks for best Hip Hop songs of 2024 is the alternative that makes the most sense.
Lil Nas X — “J CHRIST”
Being as openly gay as Lil Nas X goes against the longstanding machismo of traditional Hip Hop; add to that his newfound fascination with Christianity and the controversy surrounding him is guaranteed to persist for a while. Still, he has managed to retain his artistry through all the noise and ensured that the music always takes precedence over the shock factor of his mere presence in the entertainment space, and “J CHRIST” confirms that.
Kid Cudi (Feat. XXXTentacion) — “X & CUD”
Kid Cudi has countless dream collaborations under his belt at this point, but the posthumous track with XXXTentacion on his most recent album is arguably one of his finest. Both artists have a reputation for cultivating profound connections with their fans, and this crossover has doubled the glow that made them such beloved figures in the first place.
Benny The Butcher – “BRON”
Produced by Hit-Boy, “BRON” exhibits the California beatmaker’s knack for eloquent instrumentation in mechanical form. Add to that the conviction with which Benny The Butcher delivers his lines and it’s impossible not to fantasize about a Tiny Desk band rendition of the track (you heard it here first).
Eminem – “Doomsday Pt. 2”
All it took was a few bars for the Eminem to reignite his 20-plus year beef with Benzino. He immediately became the center of attention when Lyrical Lemonade’s All Is Yellow went live because it’s practically impossible to ignore what he has to say about his long-time rival’s appearance.
Paul Russell — “Say Cheese”
A great example of the good TikTok has done for the music business, Paul Russell emerged from online virality and created a brand all on his own. Furthermore, the rapper and singer is proof that pop can still retain the essence of Hip Hop — “Say Cheese” makes that very clear.
Erick The Architect (Feat. WESTSIDE BOOGIE) — “Instincts”
Known best for cooking beats and rapping on them as a member of the Flatbush Zombies, Erick The Architect is the last member of the group to drop a solo project. Teaming up with WESTSIDE BOOGIE on the fourth single from his debut LP, I’ve Never Been Here Before, the Brooklyn native takes on a wise and tranquil temperament that speaks to his experience.
Conway The Machine — “Give & Give”
Forever on his A-game, Conway The Machine has teamed up with Cool & Dre on the luxurious “Give & Give.” Be sure to check out the music video for a bonus track halfway through that, from the sound of it, was produced by fellow Griselda trooper, Conducer Williams.
HipHopDX’s search for the best Hip Hop songs of 2024 involves recurring alterations and upgrades. Join us in curating this living, breathing shortlist and hop in the comments section to let us know if we missed anything.
Be sure to also check out our other shortlists for updates at the end of the month: