Family and friends, we've had a beautiful 2008. The year is almost over, and when you see what we're bringing to the table in '09, you'll be proud and entertained.
We sat back, consumed everything and came up with a list to reward the best of the best — choosing from songs that were commercially released as singles and had videos. Tell us in the comment section what we got right and who we omitted. Next week, we'll be handing out our own year-end awards and naming the top mixtapes of 2008. (And, of course, we're still bringing you Streets Is Talking news below.)
28 In '08: Commercially Released Hip-Hop Singles
2. Kanye West - "Flashing Lights"
3. Shawty Lo - "Dunn Dunn"
4. M.I.A. - "Paper Planes"
5. Fat Joe (featuring J. Holiday) - "I Won't Tell"
6. T.I. (featuring Rihanna) - "Live Your Life"
7. Lil Wayne - "Lollipop"
8. Snoop Dogg - "Sexual Eruption"
9. Young Jeezy (featuring Nas) - "My President"
10. Rick Ross (featuring T-Pain) - "The Boss"
11. Plies (featuring Ne-Yo) - "Bust It Baby Pt. 2"
12. The Game (featuring Keyshia Cole) - "Game's Pain"
13. Young Jeezy (featuring Kanye West) - "Put On"
14. David Banner (featuring Chris Brown and Young Joc) - "Get Like Me"
15. Maino - "Hi Hater"
16. Shawty Lo - "Foolish"
17. Rick Ross (featuring Nelly) - "Here I Am"
18. T.I. - "Whatever You Like"
19. Lil Wayne (featuring T-Pain) - "Got Money"
20. The G-Unit - "Rider Pt. 2"
21. Busta Rhymes - "Don't Touch Me"
22. Lupe Fiasco - "Hip-Hop Saved My Life"
23. Jay-Z - "I Know"
24. Kanye West - "Heartless"
25. Lil Wayne (featuring Bobby Valentino) - "Mrs. Officer"
26. Red Cafe (featuring Fabolous, Fat Joe and Jadakiss) - "Paper Touching" remix
27. Ron Browz and Jim Jones (featuring Juelz Santana) - "Pop Champagne"
28. Busta Rhymes (featuring Ron Browz) - "Arab Money"
The Streets Is Talking: News & Notes From The Underground
As the February 4 release date of his [article id="1599568"]Before I Self Destruct[/article] nears, the possibility of 50 Cent leaving the Shady/Aftermath/Interscope fold is becoming more of a reality. Still, even if his business relationship with Eminem comes to a halt with failed renegotiations, Fif said Curtis Jackson and Marshall Mathers will always be friends.
At the end of his video for "Get Up," 50 pays tribute to Em and Dr. Dre, showing their images in the lab coats from the "In Da Club" clip. The two were supposed to be frozen in the futuristic clip.
"The actual music video [for 'Get Up'] took place within the same place I started, and it actually makes perfect sense for my album to release at the time period it's going to release," he explained. "If you remember correctly, I released Get Rich Or Die Tryin' in February 2003, and [Before I Self Destruct] is actually my final album requirement, so I'm finishing exactly where I started. The music video was me going back to the very beginning again and back to the things that people appreciate me for initially. I was able to capture things from a perspective that they could embrace from me, because they knew that I actually had prior experiences going through different portions of my actual life. So I went back to some of the things that I've experienced that haven't been so pleasurable." ...
OK, we can stop asking. T.I. said he's not shooting a different video for "Swing Ya Rag," and he's not releasing the one he has in the can. A few months ago, you remember [article id="1597369"]Tip revealed to us exclusively[/article] that the anticipated clip had been relegated to the vaults because Gucci and Louis Vuitton protested having their products shown.
For other artists featured in Mixtape Monday, check out Mixtape Mondays Headlines.