The Best Hip Hop Songs of 2021 ...(so far)
Freddie Gibbs, JAY-Z, Polo G and more round out this month's hot list!
2020 felt like a decade due to all of the chaos happening in the world, but the one consistency was the amount of good music that dropped. Artists have been relatively quiet to start off the new year, but there are still plenty of quality singles for fans to enjoy. This month, the soundtrack to Judas and the Black Messiah produced new verses from JAY-Z, Nas, A$AP Rocky and even a posthumous song from Nipsey Hussle.
Every month, HipHopDX puts a spotlight on the tracks that stand out from the overabundance of releases throughout the year, highlighting everything from Billboard chart-friendly singles to essential album cuts. Check back at the beginning of every month for updates and check out our other lists and our playlist below, which includes all of the songs mentioned in this article and more:
If you’re looking for a more soothing list: The Best R&B Songs of 2021 …(so far)
If you’re looking for a more lyrical list: The Best Rap Songs of 2021 …(so far)
Check out our list of Best Hip Hop Songs of 2020 to catch up on anything you may have missed from last year.
Editor’s note: songs from this list were released between Dec. 2, 2020 – Feb. 28, 2021.
For your listening pleasure, here is HipHopDX’s Best Hip Hop Songs of 2021 … so far.
The Top Hip Hop Songs of 2021 (December – February)
Contributing writers: Trent Clark, Kyle Eustice, Justin Ivey, Josh Svetz, Dana Scott, Brandon Caldwell, David Brake, Kenan Draughorne, Devon Jefferson & Jeremy Hecht.
“What It Feels Like” – Nipsey Hussle & JAY-Z
The triumphant brass kicking off “What It Feels Like” sounds like a coronation of the late great Nipsey Hussle’s spirited vocals. He runs another victory lap in the Hip Hop community’s collective heart as his “marathon continues.” The collaborative single featuring JAY-Z has an uplifting, black fist-in-the-air energy which serves as the perfect match for urban ci