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Hot Rap Singles, February 2013

by Mosi Reeves

Hot Rap Singles, February 2013

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Although we've reached only February, we've collected over two hours' worth of 2013 rap singles for you. The big one is Lil Wayne's "Love Me," the first official release from his forthcoming album I Am Not a Human Being 2. Tyga, one of his Young Money affiliates, continues his post-"Rack City" roll with "Dope," from the forthcoming Hotel California. Three 6 Mafia's Juicy J tries to follow in 2 Chainz' footsteps and become the latest thirty-something Southern rapper to go pop; his "Show Out" is the latest from his anticipated solo debut, Stay Trippy. Talib Kweli finally finished his Prisoner of Conscious, and the first single from it is "Upper Echelon."

Meanwhile, in the why-do-they-keep-pushing-back-their-album category, we've got Ludacris (a remix of "Representin"), Fabolous ("So NY" and "Ready"), 50 Cent ("Major Distribution") and Kid Cudi ("King Wizard"). New major-label prospects include Kid Ink ("Bad Ass"), and A$AP Ferg from A$AP Rocky's A$AP Mob ("Work"). Gunplay hopes his nutty mixtapes and YouTube videos translate to actual record sales with "She Get It," while Pusha T continues to stave off old-rapper oblivion with "Millions." Other goodies include comedy trio The Lonely Island collaborating with Kendrick Lamar ("Yolo") and new joints from Wale ("Bad") and Young Jeezy ("R.I.P."). Enjoy.

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