The first full week of April just happened, and with it came tons of new music. Rappers must have Spring Fever or something because after a period of radio silence, we’re now dealing with an outpouring of sounds from some of Hip Hop’s favorites. It’s a welcome addition to our iPods, but we can’t help but wonder what makes an artist extra eager to drop music once the 1st Quarter fades out. Either way, there was a lot on this list from fan favorites. This week proved that musically, March droughts bring April showers.

Eminem and Paris Hilton Helped Out On April Fool’s Day

Every year, we at DX enjoy making up a track title on April Fool’s Day to a song that probably will never happen. Past hits include “Re-Tox,” a made up Detox leak, along with some Lil Wayne and Eminem cameos for good measure. This year we opted for the oh so creative “Shady In Paris,” a spin on Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “N**gas In Paris,” only featuring Eminem and Paris Hilton. That will probably never happen – we know this – but that didn’t stop you, the audience from checking it out. We stumped you again, and that little prank made its way to #3. Above that one at #2 was the instantly successful “Theraflu” from Kanye West with DJ Khaled and DJ Pharris. Just in time for Good Friday, it seems like Ye is back with G.O.O.D. Fridays (check out “Mercy” when you can). While a prank and some “Theraflu” made it to the Top 3, the Number One stunna was Kendrick Lamar, as he and Dr. Dre delivered “The Recipe.” That made it to #1; maybe KDot can share the recipe for releasing a new album to Dre. Hint Hint.

California Republic Proves That It’s All Game Everything

The wait is finally over and Game delivered his latest mixtape, California Republic. Game is never one to shy away from song leaks, and two days prior to the mixtape’s release, he began dropping tracks left and right. The first was a DX exclusive (thanks, Game!), “Bills Is Paid” with Nipsey Hu$$le. That landed at #4. At #5? “Skate On” with Lupe Fiasco. At #6? “It Must Be Tough” with Pharrell. Then Game showed up again at #9 with the Fat Joe and Young Chris assisted “Grey Stone.” That’s four Game tracks on one singles list. Talk about a record! Let’s not forget though that T.I. also climbed on board the list this week with his track “Love This Life” in at #7. Depending upon when Trouble Man actually hits, it might be a good idea for Tip to drop a mixtape of his own soon, no? Closing out the list at #10 was Curren$y’s joint with Wale, “What It Look Like,” and somewhere in between was Childish Gambino’s “Eat Your Vegetables” at #8. That’s sound advice, Mr. Glover.

The Top 10 Most Popular Hip Hop Singles The Week Of 4/2/2012

1. Kendrick Lamar f. Dr. Dre – The Recipe

2. Kanye West f. DJ Khaled & DJ Pharris – Theraflu

3. Eminem f. Paris Hilton – Shady In Paris (DX April Fool’s Prank)

4. Game f. Nipsey Hu$$le – Bills Is Paid

5. Game f. Lupe Fiasco – Skate On

6. Game f. Pharrell – It Must Be Tough

7. T.I. – Love This Life

8. Childish Gambino – Eat Your Vegetables

9. Game f. Fat Joe & Young Chris – Grey Stone

10. Curren$y f. Wale – What It Look Like


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