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Best Hip-Hop Video
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton: “Can’t Hold Us”
Here’s another big ol’ hit from Macklemore. Once again, even if you don’t know this song, you know it. This one was the driving piano groove featured on the soundtrack to all the commercials for Jobs, but the song is better than the movie.
For more: If you’re into featured artists, you can follow Ray Dalton on Twitter (@RayDaltonMusic).
Drake: “Started From the Bottom”
Drake has made a career out of being a sad rapper. Even though he’s not very good (direct your angry tweets here), we can give him some credit for breaking through to the mainstream with something other than gangsta bravado.
Kendrick Lamar: “Swimming Pools”
Lamar is one of the biggest rappers that you could be forgiven for never having heard of. The dude’s talented. This syrupy jam is a good introduction.
For more: You can find other tunes at Spotify, catch him on Twitter (@kendricklamar), visit his Facebook page, or see some more vids on YouTube. For additional background, check out his official site or get some crowdsourced info on Wikipedia.
A$AP Rocky feat. Drake, 2 Chainz, and Kendrick Lamar: “F--kin’ Problems”
Harlem-born rapper A$AP Rocky (not to be confused with the unfortunately closely named, and overshadowed emcee, Aesop Rock) has been known to rock a Confederate flag on his jacket. Why? Because we’re in the postmodern age and nothing makes sense anymore. Embrace it. One of A$AP’s biggest hits is this necessarily cleaned-up version of a damn catchy tune. If you aren’t offended by a whole lot of profanity and gallons of alpha-male bravado, this tune’s hook will stay with you for a while.
For more: You can get more A$AP tunes at Spotify and on Soundcloud, find some deep thoughts on Twitter (@asvpxrocky), check out the official Facebook page, catch more videos on YouTube, or find more information at his crew’s official site and Wikipedia page.
J. Cole feat. Miguel: “Power Trip”
(Note: Possibly NSFW for some cussin’.)
J. Cole’s R&B-tinged “Power Trip” breaks free from a lot of hip-hop conventions and shows a bit more vulnerability. (Vulnerability is the new gold chains.)
For more: Get more J. Cole on Spotify and Soundcloud, follow him on Twitter (@JColeNC), visit his Facebook page, check out more videos at YouTube, or read up on him at his official site or Wikipedia page.
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