Everybody was watching the “throne” this week. Many audio leaks fell back, as rappers, including Jay-Z early 1990s peers DMX and Busta Rhymes were trying their hand at WTT beats. Meanwhile, a top buzzing emcee’s mixtape promotion also led interests. Game, who grabbed plenty of headline, even hung on with his star-studded mixtape track from last week.

Jay-Z & Kanye West Rule

As many would have predicted, anything pertaining to Jay-Z and Kanye West’s Watch The Throne dominated conversations and listens this week. With only three songs of the album’s 12 leaking to the web, those were #1, #2 and #7. Strangle, a G.O.O.D. Friday leak from last year also reappeared – it was even WTT‘s Deluxe Edition inclusion, “The Joy.” ‘Ye was on the minds of many, digging up a “G.O.O.D. Friday” back into relevance. What fans are saying about the album is a whole other animal…

J. Cole’s Any Given Sunday Run Begins

Besides ‘Ye and Jay, it was Roc Nation’s J. Cole that was driving listens this week. With his second installment of the Any Given Sunday mixtape/song collection ready to spin at the top of the week, the North Carolina rising star had three songs hit the chart, including a freestyle.

The Top 10 Most Popular Hip Hop Singles The Week Of 8/8/2011

1. Jay-Z & Kanye West featuring Beyonce – “Lift Off”

2. Jay-Z & Kanye West featuring Frank Ocean – “No Church In The Wild”

3. J. Cole – “Bring ‘Em In”

4. J. Cole – “Roll Call”

5. Drake – “Headlines”

6. J. Cole – “Be (Freestyle)”

7. Jay-Z & Kanye West featuring Otis Redding – “Otis”

8. Kanye West featuring Common, Kid Cudi, Big Sean, Pusha T, Charlie Wilson – “Good Friday”

9. DMX & Busta Rhymes – “Otis (Freestyle)”

10. Game featuring Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg – “Drug Test”

Last week’s Top 10 Singles list.