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Best Songs of 2010 … So Far — Summer Edition

Updated: See Our Final List of the Top Songs of 2010

Here we go again. In February, we featured the songs that were already being dubbed the best of 2010. Now, as we wrap up the summer, we bring you our latest picks. Check out our favorite songs of 2010 … so far.

‘Hello, Good Morning (Remix)’
Dirty Money feat. Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj
While the ‘Hello, Good Morning (Remix)’ is the third effort to come from Diddy and his singing angels Dawn and Kalenna, it’s the most promising release off the group’s oft-delayed ‘Last Train to Paris.’ Delays aside, the single rings off with permeating bass, all thanks to Danja’s production. What drives the track? Rap’s new king (“Real bad boy, tell ’em come get me,” Ross urges) and queen (“What the f— I look like, bitch, I run this town,” Nicki Minaj quips) trading off pompous verses.
Diddy and Dawn Richard
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‘No Problems’
Fat Joe feat. Rico Love
Leave it to Scoop DeVille to produce a gritty, back-alley soundtrack to perfectly coincide with the message Joey Crack portrays on ‘The Darkside Vol. 1.’ Joe provides a glimpse into his early career hugging the block (“Way before I sold you an LP/I was a John in the hood passing rocks to LTs/I watched fiends get a taste of the sample/The base sent ’em straight to planet rock, Luther Campbell”), while Rico Love adds a supporting hook about the dangers of street life.
Fat Joe
‘Speakin’ Tongues’
Cam’ron and Vado
Killa Cam needed a hit in the hood to get his buzz back up, enlisting his new sidekick Vado to bless what would become this standout mixtape cut. Over a dizzying stomp-clap beat accented by a vocal loop of straight gibberish, the pair split verse duties as they spit game at the ladies, dropping gems like, “What’s your last name, boo — Kardashian?” Romeos they aren’t, but there’s no denying that Cam and Vado managed to single-handedly rekindle NYC’s rap flame with this joint.
Cam'ron and Vado
Kanye West
Following his throne-threatening, stage-crashing antics at last year’s VMAs, Kanye took a sabbatical to reconnect with the music side of his career. He emerged like a phoenix from the ashes with ‘Power,’ venomously rapping over a militant, mid-tempo instrumental as epic as that of his Grammy-winning single, ‘Jesus Walks.’ Not only does Yeezy dexterously flip rhymes, but he also fires shots at the cast of ‘Saturday Night Live’ for mocking him. Now that’s gangsta.
Kanye West
Rick Ross feat. Styles P
Ricky Rozay’s latest album, ‘Teflon Don’ was chock-full of gushy, luxury anthems (‘Aston Martin Music,’ ‘Maybach Music III’), but the Bawse bared his teeth on the omniscient club banger ‘B.M.F.’ With gargantuan horns and rat-tat drums, the track sees Ross invoking the badassery of certified criminals, likening himself to gangsters Larry Hoover and Big Meech on its undeniably infectious chorus. Styles P stops by to add some ghostly flavor to the mix, but Ross ultimately steals the show.
Rick Ross
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When word broke that the almighty Dips were officially reunited, the streets of New York were flooded with a flurry of cut-and-pasted tracks from the Harlem-based quartet. However, to give fans a true reminder of Diplomats music, Cam’ron, Jim Jones, Juelz Santana and Freekey Zekey wasted no time in showing off their unity and released the dizzying posse cut ‘Salute.’ Over frantic drums and synths, the Big Four go hard in the paint, proving that their chemistry still remains.
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‘Holding You Down (Goin’ in Circles)’
Jazmine Sullivan
With Amerie and Mary J. Blige‘s R&B and hip-hop blends noticeably absent from this summer’s BBQ playlists, Jazmine Sullivan hit us with a banger midway through to fill the void. Produced by Missy Elliott and sampling classic records from Biz Markie, Nas (‘Affirmative Action’), Slick Rick, Blige and more, the Canadian songstress beautifully laid her throaty vocals over the gritty breaks. Puffy and MJB would be proud.
Jazmine Sullivan
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‘I Need a Dollar’
Aloe Blacc
Taking the music world by storm via his breakthrough jam, ‘I Need A Dollar,’ Aloe Blacc took to the ground running when his slept-on smash was featured on HBO’s New York City-based series ‘How to Make It in America‘ earlier this summer. Critics were hard pressed to believe that the SoCal native was the mastermind behind the Down South soul- and funk-inspired song from the show’s opening credits. But Aloe Blacc is living proof that it’s not where your from but where you’re at.
Aloe Blacc
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Big Boi feat. T.I.
‘Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty’ was one of the most highly anticipated albums of 2010. While Big Boi had to trade in his Andre 3000 verses due to label politics, he managed to snag another ATLien, T.I., for the delicious ‘Tangerine.’ This full-bodied track of tribal drums and slick wordplay could make any man turn into a pimp and any woman get on the pole and work it out … or vice versa, if you’re into that sort of thing.
Big Boi
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Bun B feat. T-Pain
Maybe it’s the addition of T-Pain to the hook, but ‘Trillionaire,’ off Bun B‘s long-awaited ‘Trill OG,’ is pleasantly reminiscent of Rick Ross’ ‘Maybach Music 2.’ Here, Bun ups the tax bracket from billionaire to trillionaire. It’s good to know the Port Arthur, Texas native still carries the torch of the UGK legacy since Pimp C‘s passing. With his unapologetic straight spittin’, Bun B always keeps it trill.
Bun B
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