There’s not enough time in the day, week, month or even year to listen to all the notable Hip Hop and R&B songs dropping these days. Fans are currently provided with a plethora of artists and styles to enjoy on their streaming service of choice.
But amid the overabundance of music, certain songs always find a way to stand out from the pack. So, HipHopDX is putting a spotlight on these tracks, highlighting everything from Billboard chart-friendly jams to essential album cuts.
From December through January 28, check out the Top Hip Hop Songs of 2020– so far. [Updated Monthly.]
We saved everyone some time and put all the tracks in your own Spotify playlist, so don’t forget to follow our Spotify page, scroll aaaaallll the way to the end for the playlist.
Mick Jenkins – “Carefree”
Mick Jenkins has the ability to sound completely laid back on a beat while still making sure he’s concise with his lyrics. “Carefree” delivers a catchy hook, clever bars and a smooth instrumental.
Future & Drake – “Life Is Good”
Future and Drake teamed up once again, this time to remind everyone that they are doing pretty well in life. Drake starts the song off in his usual melodic sing-rap style, mentioning his exclusive watches from Virgil Abloh, how much he has to work on the weekend, and appears to take subtle shots at Kanye West. The beat switch for Future’s verse takes the song in a completely different direction and fits his flow perfectly. This song brought the best out of the duo and left fans anticipating a potential full-length follow up to their 2015 effort What A Time To Be Alive.
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Eminem – “Yah Yah”
Eminem recruited some of the best to ever do it — Black Thought, Royce Da 5’9 and Q-Tip — for an epic posse cut that stands out as one of the shining moments of Slim Shady’s surprise album Music To Be Murdered By.
Lil Baby – “Sum 2 Prove”
Lil Baby flowed effortlessly over the Twysted Genius produced track. While the melody and flow might be the initial draws to the song, the rapper also shines lyrically with everything from laugh-out-loud moments, to heartfelt bars.
Mac Miller – “Blue World”
With the help of famed producer Jon Brion, Mac Miller’s family recently unlocked the late musician’s first posthumous album Circles, the sister album to 2018’s Swimming. “Blue World” is one of the more uptempo tracks on the 12-song effort and a staunch reminder of what the world lost when he passed away in September 2018 at the ripe age of 26.
Today, we remember the life, legacy and energy of Mac Miller!
Raekwon – “Shells Kitchen”
The Chef’s The Appetition EP is more of an appetizer than a full course meal, yet Raekwon’s “Shells Kitchen” is packed with enough witty bars in its two verses to leave Hip Hop heads satisfied.
J.I.D, Lute & 6LACK – “Still Dreamin'”
Dreamville fans got a taste of “Still Dreamin'” in last year’s Revenge documentary but had to wait until 2020 to hear the track in full. The wait was worth it as J.I.D delivered a master class alongside Lute and 6LACK on the Revenge of the Dreamers III: Director’s Cut song.
Roddy Ricch – “The Box”
What started off as a light-hearted campaign to block Justin Bieber’s song “Yummy” from reaching No. 1 on the Billboard charts became a full-fledged movement to uplift Roddy Ricch to the top spot. The Compton rapper’s song took on a life of its own and had everyone ready to dance the moment they heard his windshield wiper-inspired vocals start off the track.
Russ – “Nightime (Interlude)”
Although Russ dubbed this track an interlude, it can stand on its own without question. After getting co-signs from Rihanna in the form of an Instagram video and JAY-Z in the form of a playlist, the rapper is looking to have his biggest year yet. The song mixes an infectious hook with high-pitched vocal bridges to create a unique sound, which is much different than some of Russ’s other music.
Stretch & Bobbito – “Anna From Woohside (Beat Suite)”
New York City-bred radio legends Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Garcia delivered their first album No Requests featuring The M19s Band, which they executive produced and curated. The opening song for the project cleverly weaves together several famous Hip Hop instrumentals, including Souls Of Mischief’s “93 til Infinity” and Nas’ “N.Y. State Of Mind.”
070 Shake – “Guilty Conscience”
070 Shake delivers a unique blend of nostalgic synths and modern drums on this single off of her project Modus Vivendi. Shake bends genre’s on this track mixing R&B vocals with pop hooks and memorable melodies. There is no denying that the singer has found her sound and “Guilty Conscience” is the perfect sonic display.
dvsn – “A Muse”
dvsn returned from their hiatus to deliver a new single, preparing fans for their upcoming release. “A Muse” is a fresh twist on a classic sample. On the song, the Toronto duo sampled Lonnie Liston’s “A Garden of Peace,” which was infamously sampled on JAY Z’s “Dead Presidents.”
Jhené Aiko – “P*$$Y Fairy”
Jhené Aiko followed up 2019’s “Triggered (Freestyle)” with a more loving ode to a partner who can’t seem to spend enough time with her. Jhené’s vocals flow smoothly over “P*$$Y Fairy’s” instrumental and gives fans plenty of quotable lines for Instagram captions.
Dreamville & Ari Lennox – “BUSSIT”
Ari Lennox shined bright on Dreamville’s Deluxe version of their Revenge Of The Dreamers III project, where she delivered the beautiful single “BUSSIT.” Ari seems so comfortable with her art right now, and this song displays that comfort level perfectly.
Kehlani f. Keyshia Cole – “All Me”
Kehlani teamed up with R&B great Keisha Cole for this collaboration to end off 2019. The chemistry between the two on the track is hard to deny, and lyrically, both singers provided a unique perspective on influencing your significant other within a relationship.
Below is a list of more songs that we loved and still have on repeat. You can also check out the Spotify playlist below that includes all of the songs mentioned in this article. Both the playlist and this articles will be updated weekly. Check back so that you don’t miss the best songs of 2020!
- Letter To Nipsey – Meek Mill f. Roddy Ricch
- Slap Da Shit Outcha – Redman
- Pistol By The Bed – Moneybagg Yo
- Money Talk – Rich The Kid f. NBA YoungBoy
- High Fashion – Roddy Ricch
- Footsal Shuffle – Lil Uzi
- Slide (Remix) – H.E.R.
- Rocketship – 070 Shake
- Eleven – Khalid
- Diamonds – Young Thug f. Gunna
- Millions – Young Thug
- Dirty Iyanna – Youngboy Never Broke Again
- Good News – Mac Miller
- B.I.T.C.H. – Megan Thee Stallion
- Outdone – Tech N9ne
- What’s Poppin – Jack Harlow
- Rodeo (Remix) – Lil Nas X f. Nas
- Christopher Walking – Pop Smoke
As promised, for your listening pleasure, here is HipHopDX’s The Best Hip Hop Songs of 2020 … so far.