25 Hip-Hop Songs Turning 10 in 2017
Who doesn’t love a good throwback session? While some of today’s rap fans don’t pay much attention to the past, there’s definitely some bangers worth revisiting. 2007 was an especially unusual year in rap music. Though album sales were on the decline due to online streaming becoming more popular, some rappers pumped out chart-topping singles consistently while others enjoyed their 15 minutes of fame and one-hit wonder success that year.
Thanks to one trend that became popular in hip-hop in 2007, more than a few artists landed on the Billboard charts. The use of Auto-Tune was at an almost flagrant foul level 10 years ago. Everyone from Kanye West to Snoop Dogg used the voice pitch manipulation software to climb the charts. T-Pain was especially fond of Auto-Tune in the early years of the new millennium, so much so that his string of 2007 hits, “Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin),” “Bartender” and “Church” all featured the Florida Nappy Boy using the technology. But the oversaturation of Auto-Tune didn’t seem to bother rap fans one bit. T-Pain’s 2007 album, Epiphany, scored the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 and every single from the album broke into the Hot 100.
Hate him or love him, Soulja Boy was an undeniable highlight of 2007. The Atlanta rapper broke onto the scene with his first single, “Crank That (Soulja Boy),” off his debut album, Souljaboytellem.com and, in a move that many rappers still emulate today, associated a dance sequence with his song. In doing so, the young rhymer made snap music bigger than ever. “Crank That” was the No. 1 song in the U.S. for seven weeks straight.
2007 was also the year of big collabs. Miami-based producer DJ Khaled gathered all his forces for the massive banger “I’m So Hood,” which featured Trick Daddy, Rick Ross and Plies. Fabolous and Ne-Yo delivered a thug version of a sentimental love note with “Make Me Better” while UGK and OutKast gave us the classic “International Player’s Anthem.”
Ten years have passed since some quality rap songs debuted. How many of these tracks played in between class periods in your high school hallways or were the soundtrack to your college years? Consider this list a highlight reel of 2007 hip-hop hits and the playlist for your next link up with old friends. Check out the hip-hop songs celebrating their 10-year anniversary in 2017 below.