I do love me some ‘Thrift Shop’, but WUT?
This week marks the 25th anniversary of Billboard’s Hot Rap Songs. Billboard decided to roll in the milestone by listing the top 100 songs from the chart.
As you can imagine a lot of people were real pressed when Macklemore and Ryan Lewis were listed at number 1 with their 2012 hit ‘Thrift Shop’. After reading the full list, the positioning of the song is even more surprising.
Let me break down the list Theezy style so we can understand the absurdity of it all.
Please check your pulse throughout and make sure to breath slow.
Keep in mind, all of the charting Rap songs since 1989 were eligible to be on the list. Here’s some good, but mostly bad things that I noticed. You can decide which are which.
Kanye West, Jay-Z, and Eminem are missing from the Top 10
‘The Humpty Dance’ is number 10
Psy’s ‘Gangnam Style’ beat out Chingy ‘Right Thurr’
and Kanye’s ‘Good Life’, Junior M.A.F.I.A.’s ‘Get Money’, and Nelly’s ‘Delimma’
Kirko Bangz made the list
Missy Elliott’s ‘Work It’ only made number 61
The Ying Twins made me realize that they are revolutionary – their song ‘Whistle While You Twurk’ (number 79) came out in 2000. GAME CHANGERS.
‘Can’t Tell Me Nothing’ is not anywhere to be found.
‘No Hands’ is in the top 10. No. Hands.
Macklemore has 2 songs in the top 10.
Bottom line, the chart is more interesting to read because of the range of emotions you’ll run through; mainly. There are too many snubs to mention, and not enough victories to celebrate.
Rap is such an intense genre. There are so many unbelievably talented artists who have poured their hearts into their craft. Rap songs have challenged the way we think. They reveal the good and bad within our society. It’s just crazy to think that ‘Thrift Shop’ is the supposed top of the genre.
After reading the list I poured gasoline on my laptop, lit it on fire, and shave my head.
If you’re a fan of rap head over to Billboard and check out the list
What would your Number 1 be?
‘Gangsta’s Paradise’ is sounding real good to me.