In 2022, hip-hop music ruled over other genres. The songs by Kendric Lamar, Gunna, Cardi B, Doja Cat, GloRilla, and Drake had come from different walks of life. The sublime quality of hip-hop music was evident in every song listed in the 10 top hip hop songs of 2022. So, without wasting any time, let’s dive into them directly.
10. California Breeze’ by Lil Baby
Releasing half a year ago, the song ‘California Breeze’ by Lil Baby is already a smash hit. The track is produced by Murda Beatz and Mars. As a highlighting Part of the album, ‘It’s Only Me’, the song peaked in the 4th position on Billboard Hot 100. In this song, the Atlanta rapper shows off his signature style. Moreover, the song also speaks of the benefits of his popularity and success while bathing in the West Coast air.
9. N95 by Kendrick Lamar
Next in the list- ‘N95’ by Kendrick Lamar is an expression of his noteworthy observation through rap. The song rousingly exhibits the rapper’s angst against the cancel culture, gossip clubs, and lying society. The track expresses his revolt and tolerance against the double standard of society though he preserves the hopes for what is left in the community. Undoubtedly, Lamar handled it brilliantly.
8. Vegas by Doja Cat
Doja Cat was unstoppable in 2022. Her single ‘Vegas’ is exactly what is expected from classic Doja. Taken from the original motion picture soundtrack ELVIS, the song combines bling and glitz with a sharp hip-hop flow. Doja looks classy and charismatic. The brilliant rapping of Doja is beautifully complemented by featured Gospel artist Shonka, which leaves no potholes in the song.
7. Rich Spirit by Kendrick Lamar
Kendrick Lamar is once again on the list for ‘Rich Spirit’. Kendrick Lamar knows to handle art with balance. The refrain of ‘bitch! I am attractive”, gives fans enough reasons to chant in the crowd of the Mr Morale and The Big Steppers tour. The versatile Kendrick is evident in the track like any of these others. Featuring production like DJ Dahi, Jahaan Sweet, Soundwave, and Freno, the track does not fall short to match the expectations of his fans.
6. Jimmy Cooks by Drake & 21 Savage
‘Jimmy Cooks’ by Drake and 21 Savage pay tribute to the recently deceased rappers including Lil Kay, DJ Kay Slay and others. The song sings “Life is the only thing we need/ They need me to go but I don’t wanna leave/ Rest in Peace Lil Keed.” The song wins hearts of the fans of not only the fans of the deceased rappers but also the fans of rap music overall. The performances of Drake and 21 Savage are dynamic.
5. Tomorrow 2 by Cardi B & GloRilla
Cardi B with GloRilla gives one of her best performances ‘Tomorrow 2’. Glo looks confident with her original verses in the song. She raps about the standards and status she maintains. The song on YouTube has got more than 126 million views. So, it stands in the top 5 best hip hop songs in 2022. On the other hand, Cardi B brings levity with her humour to the track. The song on YouTube has got more than 126 million views.
4. Wait For You by Future ft Drake & Tems
The Machiavellian side of Future plays the central role in the theme of the song ‘Wait For You’. The track also features Drake and Tems. The essence of the song lies in the lines, “Every time I sleep on codeline, I get vulnerable, and get, mad at yourself, cause you can’t leave me alone.” Featured Drake mourns over the relationship that he could not maintain.
3. Just Wanna Rock by Lil Uzi
The third in the list is Lil Uzi’s ‘Just Wanna Rock’. Many have tried to copy the style of Lil, but have miserably failed as the artist is untouchable. The track is indeed a party opener. With his chaotic dance moves, Uzi begins another viral trend. Even the visuals in the music video is insanely nice to experience. His energy is unbeatable throughout the track. Hence, it deserves the 3rd position in top hip hop songs.
2. FNF(Let’s Go) by GloRilla and HitKidd
Latest discovery of music GloRilla proves herself worthy with another chartbuster hip-hop track ‘FNF(Let’s Go’). The beat of the track I produced by Hitkidd. The simple and dark piano tune is spontaneous and enjoyable. The drum offers the partygoers a reason move on the dancefloor. The 23-year-old rapper just being herself seems to chill with a group of girlfriends on the streets. Her voice is bold and fearless just like a modern female hip-hopper needs to have.
1. Pushin P by Gunna
Very few people back in January, 2022 knew that Gunna dropped the second track of his album DS4EVER. The song is brilliant. The beats and musical instruments used is catchy. Gunna’s stylistic cadence is unmatchable. The lyrics touches both emotionally and spiritually. Hence it ranks the top in our top 10 best hip-hop songs released recently.