Monday, May 20, 2024

Kendrick Lamar's 'Alright' Tops Spotify's 100 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs of Streaming Era

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While recent headlines have focused on Kendrick Lamar's ongoing creative rivalry with Drake, Spotify's latest "CLASSICS" program cuts through the noise, highlighting Lamar's enduring artistic merit. His critically acclaimed album "DAMN." takes center stage on the list of the 100 Greatest Hip Hop Songs of the Streaming Era (2015-present).

This recognition places Lamar alongside other titans of the genre, including Drake's own "Know Yourself" (2015) and genre-bending tracks like Travis Scott's "SICKO MODE" (2018) and Cardi B's "Bodak Yellow" (2017). The list reflects the diversity and dynamism of hip-hop in the streaming era, showcasing the evolution of the sound alongside its enduring social commentary.

"Our focus isn't just on chart numbers," said Carl Chery, Creative Director and Head of Urban Music at Spotify, in a news release. "The CLASSICS program is about celebrating the art and culture of hip-hop, recognizing the work that has resonated deeply with fans and critics alike."

This qualitative approach ensures that artists like Lamar are recognized for the depth and influence of their music. Tracks like "HUMBLE." and "DNA." from "DAMN." perfectly embody this, blending innovative production with Lamar's signature lyrical prowess that tackles complex issues.

While "DAMN." is the album highlighted, Lamar's earlier works like "To Pimp a Butterfly" and "good kid, m.A.A.d city" continue to be revered within the hip-hop community. His ability to consistently deliver impactful music throughout his career solidifies his place as a key figure in hip-hop's ongoing narrative.

This recognition by Spotify follows previous chapters of the CLASSICS program, highlighting the influential albums that have shaped the streaming era. Kendrick Lamar's inclusion across these lists further cements his legacy as a defining artist of our time.

To explore the full list of the 100 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs of the Streaming Era, including standouts like "Mask Off" by Future (2017) and "Rockstar" by Post Malone ft. 21 Savage (2018), visit Spotify's CLASSICS program page.

Top 10 Songs of the Streaming Era (According to Spotify's CLASSICS Program):
  1. Kendrick Lamar - "Alright" (2015)
  2. Cardi B - "Bodak Yellow" (2017)
  3. Drake - "God's Plan" (2018)
  4. Lil Uzi Vert - "XO Tour Llif3" (2017)
  5. Future - "March Madness" (2015)
  6. Migos ft. Lil Uzi Vert - "Bad and Boujee" (2016)
  7. Travis Scott - "SICKO MODE" (2018)
  8. Sheck Wes - "Mo Bamba" (2017)
  9. Pop Smoke - "Dior" (2019)
  10. Juice WRLD - "Lucid Dreams" (2018)

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