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The Top 50 Hip Hop Songs of July (Submit Yours for August/September)

Praverb.net Co-Owner, Journalist and Rap Artist AWKWORD Curates the Top 50 Hip Hop Songs of July (Free Stream via Audiomack)

July was looking good. I'd never seen so much Protest Music put out in a one-month period in my whole life --and from apolitical artists (e.g., Hot Boy Turk), too. Hip Hop was/is going back to its roots, with a big middle finger to the Man... But, then, on the last day of the month, the day before my 35th birthday, I lost one of my oldest and best friends, New York City legend Andreis Costa aka GuessWho? aka YME. So, I start this month off by paying tribute to my fallen brother, with a 're-release' of an old record from his group No Question?, also consisting of Whatzisface? and super-producer Harry Fraud. Fittingly, I selected "T&C Surf Design" from the crew's 'Nintendo Mixtape', a song that starts: "These cops is coming / Better start to running / When you see 'them boys...'" So, the theme persists -- about half the songs this month are political, and timely in addressing inequality, injustice, racism and police brutality.

'Gangster' rappers Uncle Murda and Maino make waves with "Hands Up"; Jay-Z even gets political, releasing "Spiritual" from the vault; West Coasters Mistah FAB and Fashawn contribute with the touching "6 Shots" and "Mother AmeriKKKa," respectively; Kemba (fka YC The Cynic) returns for the second month with two more creative Frank Drake-produced socially conscious cuts; Nas/Erykah Badu and Swizz Beatz/Scarface drop iconic collaborations; and newcomer Nick Grant exposes stereotyping on my favorite record of the month, "Black Boy/White Boy." 

Best playlist yet. Stream below. (The Top 100 Songs of 2016 drops in January!)

#RIPYME. Legends Never Die.


  1. No Question? (Whatzisace?, GuessWho? [RIP] & Harry Fraud) – T&C Surf Design (Them Boys) [prod. by Harry Fraud]
  2. Uncle Murda ft. Maino & Jay Watts – Hands Up [prod. by Reefa & 12 Keyz]
  3. Jarren Benton ft. OnCue & Big Rube – Scared [prod. by The Coalition]
  4. Noochie – Jerome [prod. by RaRa & Mr. Williams]
  5. Cassidy – Let the Truth be Told
  6. Mistah FAB – 6 Shots [prod. by The Mekanix]
  7. Daylyt – Pokemon Lives Matter
  8. King Dreams – Red & Blue
  9. Fashawn – Mother AmeriKKKa [prod. by Hecktik & Jukebawks]
  10. Nas ft. Erykah Badu – This Bitter Land [prod. by JB Bontemps]
  11. Jay-Z – Spiritual [prod. by Detail]
  12. Swizz Beatz ft. Scarface – Sad News [prod. by Swizz Beatz]
  13. Kemba – Brown Skin Jesus [prod. by Frank Drake]
  14. Kemba – Already [prod. by Frank Drake]
  15. Nick Grant – Black Boy/White Boy
  16. Termanology ft. Saigon – We’re Both Wrong [prod. by Q-Tip]
  17. Golden Age (Do D.A.T.MaliciousLee) – What’s A Black Life Worth? [prod. by MaliciousLee]
  18. Joe Budden – Freedom (Freestyle) [prod. by Jonny Coffer, Beyonce & Just Blaze]
  19. Hot Boy Turk – Justice or Else [prod. by JoeyDidThis]
  20. Pop Dollarz – Walk With Me
  21. DJ Greg Street ft. Akon, B.o.B. & Big K.R.I.T. – I Am Somebody
  22. Sean Brown – Big Dreams [prod. by Crazy T]
  23. Michael Cobbs ft. KRS-One – More Love (Remix)
  24. Kosha Dillz ft. Matisyahu – Dodging Bullets [prod. by Yuc Beats]
  25. Team Bangah (Ray Vegas & Ray Bangah) – Middle of a War [prod. by YBMuzik]
  26. Jarren Benton – My Word [prod. by J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League & Royce Music Group]
  27. SITES (Canada) ft. Royce da 5’9” & Bowza (UK) – The Pain [prod. by WADE C]
  28. Rockie Fresh – Lies and Lullabies
  29. AllttA (Mr. J. Medeiros & 20syl) – The Woods
  30. Torii Wolf & DJ Premier – Shadows Crawl [prod. by DJ Premier]
  31. Danny Matos ft. Joie Giordano – Fought the Devil [prod. by Rusty Mack & The Red Walrus]
  32. SteiN – Oh Well [prod. by Statik Selektah]
  33. Saint Joe ft. West Philly Freck & Hypnautic – Being Real [prod. by Dialectic]
  34. Kembe X – Talk Back [prod. by Hippie Sabotage]
  35. Lupe Fiasco – Pick Up The Phone
  36. Neef Buck ft. Raheem Devaughn – Pretty Thang [prod. by Jahlil Beats]
  37. TAO & Eric Heron ft. Christina Carte – Time [prod. by TAO]
  38. Wil Akogu ft. Mike Wavvs – Fade to Black [prod. by Jabari Rayford, Dougy OGC, Mike Wavvs & Wolfgang]
  39. Remy Ma – My Shit [prod. by D Stackz]
  40. Mister Miles – Bars
  41. Light the Emcee – Live Pro [prod. by DJ Premier]
  42. SPNDA ft. Guilty Simpson & Chilla Jones – Give N Take [prod. by Hash Gordn]
  43. The Other Guys ft. Skyzoo – Realer Than Most
  44. Beanie Sigel & Jadakiss – Dinero [prod. by Buda Da Future & Grandz Muzik]
  45. Planet Asia – Feliz Navidad [prod. by DirtyDiggs]
  46. DJ Skizz ft. Roc Marciano & Conway – Bosses [prod. by DJ Skizz & Frank Dukes]
  47. Bozack Morris ft. Conway & WestSide Gunn – Never Change [prod. by Bozack Morris]
  48. Benny (Black Soprano Family) ft. WestSide Gunn & Conway – Tom Ford Socks
  49. WestSide Gunn – Peter Luger [prod. by Daringer]
  50. Daniel Son – Rum Cake [prod. by Vic Grimes]



To have your song considered for feature, follow these steps:

1. Upload your song to Audiomack.
2. Email the Audiomack link to AWKWORD.
3. Wait and see.


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