The Top 50 Hip Hop/Rap Songs of September (Submit Yours for Oct/Nov)

First off, big shoutout to the good folks at Audiomack for recognizing the value in what I'm doing with these monthly best-of playlists, naming me a 'Verified Tastemaker'. It's now even easier to fall upon our playlists in the app and on the website. (And thank you to Matt Diamond of Diamond Media/Coalmine Records for including my song in his first playlist for Audiomack!)

This month may be the best yet, from top to bottom -- and that last part's proverbial, as all the playlists are 'mixed' based on sound, style and theme, and not from the best to the 50th best.

Standouts this month: 
  1. First and foremost, my past collaborator REKS, who appears THREE TIMES over top-notch production.
  2. An African anthem put together by the legendary DJ Jimmy Jatt, featuring Femi Kuti and my friend and "I Am" collaborator Modenine.
  3. Two in-your-face political cuts, from rappers' rappers Emilio Rojas (see below) and Saigon.
  4. The song that sold me on young white rapper Token, the heartfelt "Happiness".
  5. Two songs featuring my favorite rapper -- and friend and collaborator -- ILL BILL.
  6. Better representation from women in Hip Hop, with new music from Dominique Larue, Eternia and Rapsody.
  7. My introduction to Chox-Mak, who beat me to the punch using his daughters to deliver a beautiful hook.
  8. Break-neck beats from Statik Selektah, Buckwild, Large Professor, Alchemist, Apollo Brown, Nottz, Optiks and J. Rawls.
  9. The return (again) of one of my personal favorites, Mickey Factz.
  10. More brilliant bully rap from Conway and WestSide Gunn.

The Top 50 Playlist (NOT in order of best to worst):

  1. Chox-Mak ft. Neet & Dawbi – Unstoppable [prod. by CDS Productions]
  2. DJ Jimmy Jatt ft. M.anifest, Navio, Modenine & Femi Kuti – The Greatest [prod. by Kid Konnect]
  3. Kardinal Offishall ft. P.K. Subban & Yoana – Year One
  4. Machine Gun Kelly – Just What I Am (Remixx) [prod. by Kid Cudi]
  5. Brian Breach ft. Chris Rivers – Breakfast [prod. by Makemdef]
  6. Matt Citron – Stay Down [prod. by Buckwild]
  7. Koncept ft. Akie Bermiss – Time To Go [prod. by Optiks]
  8. J. Rawls & Dominique Larue – Fuckin Jerk [prod. by J. Rawls]
  9. Token – Happiness [prod. by Kato]
  10. Darnell Williams ft. Denzel Curry & Elohim – Pale Fire [prod. by Rock Mafia & Lost Values]
  11. Emilio Rojas – I Hate Donald Trump [prod. by JR]
  12. Saigon – Blessing (Pro Gun Anthem)
  13. Mickey Factz & Nottz – 414 Words [prod. by Nottz]
  14. Babylon Warchild ft. Punchline & Wordsworth – Piano Keys
  15. Phantasm (of Cella Dwellas) & Soulbrotha (Germany) – Louder Than Ever [prod. by Soulbrotha]
  16. Torii Wolf & DJ Premier ft. Rapsody – Shadows Crawl (Remix) [prod. by DJ Premier]
  17. Eternia ft. Phoenix Pagliacci – For This Life [prod. by A. Beck]
  18. John Reilly – Rabbit Hole [prod. by Rediculous]
  19. DJ Supa Dave ft. King Syze, John Jigg$ & Akrobatik – That Real Shit [prod. by DJ Supa Dave]
  20. Termanology – Count It [prod. by Buckwild]
  21. Reks – Gone Baby Gone [prod. by Large Professor]
  22. Reks – Liberation [prod. by Black Milk]
  23. Reks – Jump Shots [prod. by Buckwild]
  24. La Coka Nostra (DJ Lethal, Danny Boy, Slaine & ILL BILL) – Stay True [prod. by Statik Selektah]
  25. Slaine ft. Vinnie Paz, ILL BILL & Jared Evan – Legendary [prod. by The Arcitype]
  26. Czarface (Esoteric, Inspectah Deck & 7L) – All In Together Now [prod. by 7L & Todd Spadafore]
  27. Ab-Soul ft. Da$h – Huey Knew [prod. by Willie B]
  28. Trizz ft. Chuuwee – Break Bread [prod. by AC3 Beats]
  29. Pounds ft. WestSide Gunn & Clifton Haston – Tributes [prod. by Spittzwell]
  30. Apollo Brown & Skyzoo ft. WestSide Gunn & Conway – Basquiat on the Draw [prod. by Apollo Brown]
  31. Conway – Just Gangsta (No Mercy Version) [prod. by Mil of EFFISCIENZ]
  32. Inkredible N.E.S. ft. Conway – Drumz [prod. by Skitso]
  33. Jay Holly, Ca$aBlanca, Daniel Son & SmooVth – Iron [prod. by Giallo Point]
  34. Danny Brown – Tell Me What I Don’t Know [prod. by Paul White]
  35. CJ Fly – Now You Know [prod. by Matt Noble]
  36. Rocky Diamonds – Fourty Five [prod. by Sergio R.]
  37. Kweku Collins – Life Part 2 [prod. by Kweku Collins]
  38. Benjamin Earl Turner ft. Saba – Outro (Yell Pretty) [prod. by Owen]
  39. Thane ft. Mick Jenkins & Solei – Garden [prod. by Thane]
  40. Amir Obe – No Peace [prod. by NYLZ]
  41. Sleek ft. Lexus Russell – Fly Away [prod. by The Cratez]
  42. Locksmith ft. David Correy – Go There [prod. by Kent Jones]
  43. Action Bronson – Descendant of the Stars [prod. by Alchemist]
  44. Fabolous ft. Shake – To The Sky [prod. by Sonaro]
  45. Chedda Bang ft. Method Man – Off This [prod. by Chedda Bang]
  46. JR Writer – meet ZEUS [prod. by Criss Childs]
  47. Neef Buck ft. State Property (Beanie Sigel, Freeway, Peedi Crakk, Oschino, Omillio Sparks & Young Chris) – Game of Thrones [prod. by Tryfe]
  48. Horseshoe Gang ft. KXNG Crooked, Sauce Tha Boss & Mad Man – Hood High [prod. by Pitchshifters]
  49. Young Noble ft. Deuce Deuce & – Turn Down [prod. by Crazy T]
  50. Young Noble ft. Hussein Fatal – Where Do We Go [prod. by Boss Devito]
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