Ten Worst Songs of 2013

2013 was a very interesting year in the music industry. I understand that as generations go on, genres of music will change. It is understandable that as time goes on, what was once considered “the golden age” of Hip-Hop has passed. That doesn’t mean there aren’t any good artists out there nowadays but they’re buried underneath all this mind-numbing mediocre non-sense. Here’s a quick glimpse at just some of those mind numbing songs of the past year.  Our top ten WORST…

10) “All Gold Everything” by Trinidad James
Although this was technically a 2012 song, it didn’t get popular until early 2013. Prior to this, I hadn’t heard of Trinidad James.  I don’t know anyone who has heard of him before this and from what I hear this is his first single off his first mixtape. A mixtape NOT an album.  Slant rhyming isn’t rapping, it’s just being lazy. His video looks like it was shot in a third world country. Besides being ignorant, the song displays no lyrical ability just repetitive non-sense. He glorifies popping “Mollies” in this song, which is the equivalent of making a rap song that praises bath salts. I’m not a fan of his music, but sadly enough some people are and this allows him to make a comfortable living.  Far worse, Trinidad says the word “Nigga” more times in a 3-4 minute span than Joe Pesci said “Fuck” in the entire movie Goodfellas.

09) “Versace” by Migos
Unless they’ve already agreed to cut you a check don’t give companies free advertisement. This song has nothing to do with the fashion empire Versace other than the title.  Hannah Montana (Miley Cyrus) is mentioned in this song repeatedly for no reason. I understand that Hannah Montana in some circles is code for cocaine but this adds nothing to the song…or maybe it explains it actually. I hate songs that repeat the name of the song title in the chorus a suicide inducing number of times over and over again. If I were in charge of Versace, I’d sue.

08) “High School” by Nicki Minaj
Simply enough, this song has nothing to do with high school. Just to be clear, I don’t hate or like Nicki Minaj. She’s not in my top female rappers list but she does have sex appeal.  Weather that ass is fake or real, it looks good on her.

See what i did there, most of that blurb had nothing do to with how bad the song was either…

07) “Started From The Bottom” by Drake
This is hard for me because I like Drake as a rapper, he’s the only one out of Young Money that I do like. I’m not saying Drake didn’t go through hard times, but he hasn’t seen the bottom and he’s nowhere near the top. He grew up lower middle class in Canada and when he was 15, he was starring on a TV Show. Most 15 year olds I know worked for minimum wage at some fast food place after school. That’s hardly the bottom.

06) “Bubble Butt (Remix)” by Major Lazor
I love a girl with a big ass but this song did them no justice and the video is worse. No one needs to hear how Tyga starts eating some chick out and burping at the same time.

05) #Beautiful” by Mariah Carey ft. Miguel & “#That Power” by Will.i.am
Both songs are tied for this position because they are putting a hashtag in front of your title in hopes that it’d trend. If twitter didn’t exist, all this hash tagging nonsense wouldn’t make any sense.  More emphasis needs to be put on the music, not the trend.

04) “Control” by Big Sean
The internet went crazy over Kendrick Lamar’s verse on this song. So I gave it a listen and it was nothing. He calls a bunch of rappers out by name but that’s it.  People were bugging over this calling it a diss track, I’ve heard so much better. The remixes of this song from Joe Budden, Papoose, Cassidy and Joell Ortiz were so much better than the original. Kendrick’s lyrical ability leaves much more to be wanted, in my opinion. To be honest I think Kendrick’s whole style is overhyped. As for Big Sean, it’s kinda bad when the person featured on your song gets more hype than you and even calls you out on your own song.

03) “Bugatti” by Ace Hood ft. Rick Ross & Future
Maybe Ace Hood should stop falling asleep at luxury car dealerships. Saying that you woke up in brand new Bugatti sounds more like he passed out behind the wheel while drivin, (most likely due to drinking) which can’t be endorsed.

02) “Feds Watching” by 2 Chainz ft. Pharrell
I’m sorry to disappoint but the feds aren’t watching you, 2 Chainz. No one cares about another rapper talking about moving weight, bustin’ gats, fiscal irresponsibility, materialism, a superficial lifestyle and being promiscuous. I would hope our tax dollars wouldn’t go to monitoring second/third rate rappers. 2 Chainz if anything I’d be more worried about the IRS if I were you.

01)   “Shabba Ranks” by A$AP Ferg ft. A$AP Rocky
Between Ferg & Rocky, clearly Rocky is the most lyrical and better of the two. For those who don’t know, Shabba Ranks was a very popular dancehall/reggae artist in the 90’s. He was also known for not being very good looking. To make a song about anyone in the world and to choose, a forgotten reggae artist of two decades ago makes no sense especially since the general age of his fan base wouldn’t even know who Shabba is.  The song also has the same repetitive hook sound as “Versace.”  Repeating the name of the song over and over, doesn’t make a good hook. It’s lazy and stupid.

Like many things in life, this list is subjective and open to interpretation. Some songs on this list you might agree with, others you might not. Please remember I don’t make these songs, the people that made them have a lot more money than I do and I doubt they’d care to hear what I think. One a side note, if anyone knows any of these artists personally and can contact them, please have them get a hold of me.

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