The ceaseless influx of music in a web-based climate has made it tough to keep up with all the latest releases. Furthermore, browsing through tracklists and singles on a regular basis can get quite tiring and time consuming. Taking that into account, HipHopDX is devoted to ensuring that the process of keeping things interesting so far as rap 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 all that big on going through entire albums to find joints that resonate with them, our picks for best rap songs of 2024 is the alternative that makes the most sense.

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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).

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Eminem – “Doomsday Pt. 2”

All it took was a few bars for 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.

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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.

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Heems (Feat. Saul Williams) – “Accent”

Heems has been among the most respected independent MCs ever since he started out with Das Racist and extended his talents to the Swet Shop Boys. Since the beginning, he has centered his creativity on his Desi-American identity with a passion that persists to this day, and “Accent” is yet more proof of the bravado with which he pulls it off.

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Ché Noir (Feat. Evidence & Your Old Droog) – “Junior High”

A congregation of rap purists, “Junior High” serves listeners three different yet equally compelling flavors of the discipline. Produced by Playa Haze, the Evidence and Your Old Droog feature was released as part of Ché Noir’s four-track EP, The Color Chocolate, Vol. 1.

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Conway The Machine – “Give & Give”

Forever on his A-game, Conway The Machine teamed up with Cool & Dre for 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, Conductor Williams.

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Asher Roth & Heather Grey – “Temporary”

Asher Roth quietly waltzed back into the music scene a few years back after going on hiatus to rethink his strategy. Since his return, the Pennsylvania native has been releasing new material constantly and it’s all thanks to his enlightened perspective. A committed force of positivity, the 38-year-old and his frequent collaborator Heather Grey bring a calmness to Hip Hop that is always welcome, which is why “Temporary” hits the spot.

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HipHopDX’s search for the best rap 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 start of each month:

The Best Rap Albums of 2024
The Best R&B Albums of 2024
The Best R&B Songs of 2024