Rap-Up’s 10 Best Songs of 2010


From the explicit to the sensitive, artists brought their A-game in 2010. Cee Lo Green, who struck Grammy gold with Gnarls Barkley, saw a resurgence this year after his kiss-off tune “Fuck You” went viral. Meanwhile, the song’s co-writer Bruno Mars found success on his own and with B.o.B (“Nothin’ on You”). Kanye West unleashed a “Monster” with Jay-Z, Rick Ross, and a song-stealing verse from Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown bounced back with “Deuces,” and Eminem and Rihanna turned heartache into a Hot 100 hit. Check below to see which 10 songs of 2010 Rap-Up.com fancied most.

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Rap-Up’s 10 Best Music Videos of 2010

Lady Gaga and Beyoncé

2010 was filled with boundary-pushing music videos for everything from radio hits to fan faves. Some created epic masterpieces like Kanye West’s “Runaway,” which unfolded for 35 minutes with stark visuals and a unique storyline, while others went for pop iconography like Lady Gaga and Beyoncé in “Telephone” and Rihanna in the colorful “Rude Boy.” And you can’t have creativity without controversy, as evidenced by M.I.A.’s graphic “Born Free” and Erykah Badu’s nudity-laced clip for the guerilla style “Window Seat.” We count down our 10 favorite videos of the year.

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Rap-Up Pre-BET Awards Lounge 2010

Naomi, Angela, Amerie, and Binkie

Rap-Up hosted an invitation-only lounge and gifting suite during BET Awards weekend at The London West Hollywood on Saturday (June 26). Guests included the newly-engaged Amerie (pictured above with her sister Angela), JoJo, Melody Thornton, Binkie and Naomi of Electrik Red, Twista, Lil Twist, Mishon, “Love the Way You Lie” producer Alex Da Kid, and more.

VIPs sipped on vitaminwater, smartwater, and Veuve Clicquot champagne and nibbled on red velvet and chocolate marshmallow cupcakes from Sprinkles (Amerie’s favorite) on the outdoor terrace overlooking Los Angeles.

Those lucky enough to be in attendance went home with a Sony bloggie camera, VTech IS9181 Wi-Fi Internet Radio, Logitech Pure-Fi Anywhere 2 iPod speakers, Griffin iPod, iPhone, and iPad accessories, SUPER sunglasses, and adidas bowling bags.

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Rap-Up’s 25 Best Songs of 2009

25 Best Songs of 2009

After causing an outpouring of comments with our best albums and music video lists, we’re bound to keep the conversation going with our 25 best songs of 2009. These songs were commercially released between January 1, 2009 and December 31, 2009. Some were No. 1 hits, others barely charted, and six featured Kanye West, yet they all hold a special place on our iPods.

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Rap-Up’s 10 Best Albums of 2009

10 Best Albums of 2009

Yesterday we shared our 10 favorite music videos of the year and now we’re giving you something else to debate. The Rap-Up.com staff has selected its 10 best albums of 2009. Our choices were all released during the period of January 1, 2009 and December 30, 2009. The list includes a comeback queen, a couple freshmen, and the self-proclaimed best rapper alive.

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Rap-Up’s 10 Best Music Videos of 2009

Lady Gaga

The Rap-Up.com staff has spent the last week scouring YouTube, rewatching videos from the past year. We whittled it down to 10 of our favorites that were released between January 1, 2009 and December 29, 2009. Our selections include an O.G. and a rap newcomer, a member of the Wu-Tang Clan, and a pop star who wowed us twice over with her visual masterpieces. Here are our picks in no particular order. Feel free to share your favorites.

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Happy Thanksgiving from Rap-Up

Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

As we celebrate Thanksgiving here in the U.S., we want to take a moment to wish all of our readers a happy Thanksgiving. We are thankful for your support, whether you’ve been with us since the beginning or are a new visitor. We work hard to make Rap-Up.com your one-stop source for hip-hop and R&B and we thank you for choosing us.

Have a safe and blessed holiday! Now excuse us as we gobble up some turkey and pumpkin pie.