Via | HotNewHipHop
Counting down the year in Rap and R&B songs.
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Even as the genre has become more melodic in recent years, songs like Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow,” Kendrick Lamar’s “HUMBLE.,” and Migos’ “Bad and Boujee” all hit the top spot without sung hooks, hopefully leaving behind the days of Charlie Puth features in the dust. These were far from the only hip-hop and R&B songs that felt inescapable over the last 12 months. Lil Uzi Vert’s “XO Tour Llif3” transformed him from a teen SoundCloud idol to a superstar, giving one of the year’s darkest hooks a packaging so sugary, your mom couldn’t help but sing along. Future’s “Mask Off” again echoed the contrast of light and dark with a shout-along chorus and hypnotic flute line that made it one of the year’s most instantly recognizable — and how could we forget, memeable — musical phrases. Playboi Carti’s “Magnolia” was a breakout moment for rapper and producer alike. SZA’s “Love Galore” was a star-making R&B crossover we’ll be talking about years down the line.