Celebrating the Impact of Black Musicians Throughout the Month of June
2021 was a great year in hip-hop as newcomers solidified their place in the industry and veteran rappers reigned supreme with new offerings. See if your favorite hip-hop song of 2021 made the cut:
“pride.is.the.devil” is from J.Cole’s album The Off-Season is nominated for “Best Rap Album” and “Best Melodic Rap” for this song for the 2022 Grammys.
“WusYaName” is from Tyler The Creator’s Call Me If You Get Lost which is nominated for “Best Rap Album” at the 2022 Grammys.
New artist Baby Keem is nominated for “Best Rap Performance” for “family ties.”
“Way 2 Sexy” by Drake features Future and Young Thug off of his Certified Lover Boy album.
“Jail” reunites Kanye West and Jay-Z for Ye’s two-time Grammy-nominated album, Donda.
“INDUSTRY BABY” is nominated for “Best Melodic Rap” for the 2022 Grammy Awards.
“Thot S—” by Megan Thee Stallion is nominated for “Best Rap Performance” at the 2022 Grammy Awards.
“Kiss Me More” by Doja Cat and SZA is nominated for “Record of the Year” at the 2022 Grammy Awards.
“RAPSTAR” by Polo G is off of his third album Hall of Fame.
“UP” by Cardi B is a single by the Grammy-winning artist; it debuted at No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart.
“Wockesha” is off of Moneybagg Yo’s album A Gangsta’s Pain.
“Best Friend” by Saweetie and Doja Cat are up for “Best Rap Song” at the 2022 Grammys.
“range brothers” by Baby Keem and Kendrick Lamar is from Baby Keem’s sophmore album The Melodic Blue.
“Bath Salts” by DMX featuring Jay-Z and Nas is from DMX’s posthumous album Exodus.
“Straightenin'” is off of the Migos fourth album the Culture III.
“Montero (Call Me by Your Name)” is up for “Song of the Year,” “Record of the Year” and the album of the same name is nominated for “Album of the Year” for the 2022 Grammys.
“ESCAPE PLAN” is off of Scott’s EP ESCAPE PLAN/MAFIA that was released earlier this year.
“Off The Grid” is off of Ye’s Donda album which is up for two Grammys for 2022 (Album of the Year and Best Rap Album).
“Get Into It (Yuh)” is from Doja Cat’s Planet Her album which is up for “Album of the Year.”
“Fair Trade” is off of Drake’s Certified Lover Boy album.
“My Life” by J.Cole featuring 21 Savage and Murray is up for “Best Rap Performance” and “Best Rap Song” at the 2022 Grammys.
“Knife Talk” is off of Drake’s Certified Lover Boy album.
“Need To Know” is off of Doja’s Planet Her album that is nominated for “Album of the Year” and “Need To Know” is nominated for “Best Melodic Rap” for the 2022 Grammy Awards.
“Late at Night” is the lead single off of Roddy’s sophomore album Live Life Fast.
“Time Today” is off of Moneybagg Yo’s A Gangsta’s Pain.
“What’s Next” is off of Drake’s EP Scary Hours 2.
“Every Chance I Get” is from DJ Khaled’s Khaled Khaled album.
Rod Wave’s hit “Tombstone” is from his third album Soulfly.
“Girls Want Girls” by Drake featuring Lil Baby can be found on the Toronto rapper’s Certified Lover Boy.
“Calling My Phone” by Lil Tjay featuring R&B singer 6lack is on the Bronx rapper’s Destined 2 Win.
“Wants and Needs” by Drake featuring Lil Baby is on Drake’s EP Scary Hours 2.
“No More Parties” remix by Coi Leray featuring Lil Durk is on Coi’s EP Better Things.
“Tired of You” by Yung Bleu featuring Grammy-winning singer H.E.R. is from the Alabama rapper’s debut album Moon Boy.
“Twerkular” is from the City Girls, comprised of Yung Miami and JT, that was set to be featured on their album City On Lock but didn’t get cleared in time for the final track list, per Genius.
“Ski” by Young Thug and Gunna is from their compilation album Slime Language 2.
“Go Crazy” was originally released in 2020 but in 2021 Chris Brown and Young Thug remixed the hit with the help of Future, Lil Durk and Latto.
“I Like Dat” remixes T-Pain’s 2007 hit “Buy You A Drank” with the help of Kehlani and BIA.
“What You Need” by Don Toliver is from his second studio album Life of a Don.
“Brunch on Sundays” is by Nas featuring Blxst on Nas’ King Disease II.
“Outlawz” by Rick Ross featuring 21 Savage and Jazmine Sullivan can be found on The Boss’ album Richer Than I Ever Been.
“Who Want Smoke” remix by Nardo Wick featuring 21 Savage, Lil Durk, and G Herbo made waves on TikTok sparking a new dance challenge and success for the up and coming rapper.
“Down South” by Wale featuring Maxo Kreem and Yella Beezy can be found on Wale’s Folarin II.
In the “WHOLE LOTTA MONEY” remix, BIA taps in Grammy-nominated rapper, Nicki Minaj. The song can be found on BIA’s second EP For Certain.
Nicki Minaj taps in former label mates Drake and Lil Wayne for the remix of her 2009 hit “Seeing Green” from her Beam Me Up Scotty mixtape.
“Lemon Pepper Freestyle” by Drake featuring Rick Ross is from the Toronto rapper’s EP Scary Hours 2.
Drake taps in the Goat (Jay-Z) for “Love All” found on his Certified Lover Boy album.
“Hurricane” by Ye featuring The Weeknd and Lil Baby is up for “Best Melodic Rap Performance” at the 2022 Grammys.
“Voice of the Heroes” by Lil Baby and Lil Durk is from their compilation album of the same name.
“The Biggest” by Latto is a single from the “Queen of da Souf” who has performed the hit at several awards shows this year.
“What It Feels Like” is a posthumous single by Nipsey Hussle featuring Jay-Z on the soundtrack of Judas and the Black Messiah.