Best Rap Songs of 2019 (So Far)

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Rap cannot be confined by genre in 2019. As the likes of Rosalia and J Balvin push the sounds of flamenco and Reggaeton further into the forefront of American mainstream music, Lil Nas X is challenging dominant genre labeling and blurring the lines between hip-hop and country music. This is what makes rap the most exciting style of music today. At times it can be punk rock, it can be political, it can be global. It’s been an exciting year already, and these are the best hip-hop songs of 2019 so far.Lil Nas X feat. Billy Ray Cyrus – “Old Town Road”

There’s probably no song that better defines 2019 than Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road.” Like the random word generator that our current times have become, Old Town Road brings together an unknown rap star, Billy Ray Cyrus, and a shit-load of drama about Billboard genre distinctions that has evolved into a conversation about race, hip-hop, and the very nature of country music. When Billboard refused to classify the track as country music, Billy Ray Cyrus miraculously stepped in to sing on a remix of the song, thus elevating it to something the meme-lords of the internet could only dream of. As such, the song took on a viral life of its own, eventually even beating out Taylor Swift for the No. 1 song in the country.Flume feat. JPEGMAFIA — “How to Build a Relationship”

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