These Are the Best Endings to Hip-Hop Songs Over the Last Five Years
Creating a good song is difficult. It's a feat that can sometimes be taken for granted because there are so many of them. From writing impactful lyrics to laying down the vocals to execution, a lot goes into any one track, and this is especially true for rap. In the genre, not only is the quality of the song important, but there's a special emphasis on how the track wraps up. May times, the conclusion to the storytelling is what sticks. Today, XXL sheds light on some of the best hip-hop song endings, particularly on tracks that tell a story, of the last five years.
There are a lot of songs that land at a point of triumph, where the rapper has risen against all odds and found their version of success. J. Cole's "Amari," released last year as a single off his The Off-Season album, juxtaposes his exposure to crime and poverty as a youth with his success as a rich, famous rapper now. He illustrates said success by reminiscing over sitting courtside at Madison Square Garden, watching his friend, NBA player Dennis Smith Jr. A far cry from struggling back home in Fayetteville, N.C. Cole has made it now, and doesn't have the same worries that he once did.
Hip-hop also has room for tracks that don't always have a happy ending, with the finish being a little bit more about the journey. Aminé's "Between The Lines," a cut off his 2021 EP, TwoPointFive, centers on the artist trying to get out of a casual sexual relationship and plays with the girl's emotions along the way. By the conclusion of the song, Aminé reveals that he's discovered his real issue is a fear of commitment, which is bigger than the relationship at hand. This kind of honesty from a man in hip-hop is interesting and shows off his emotional depth.
Then there's King Von's "Took Her to the O," Young Thug's " Droppin Jewels" and Key Glock's "1 of 1," all with a memorable finish.
Check the list below for more of the best endings to your favorite songs.
"Droppin Jewels"Young Thug
"Took Her To The O"King Von
"1 of 1"Key Glock
"Between The Lines"Aminé
"Demolition 1+2"Key! and Kenny Beats
"Big Drank"Megan Thee Stallion
"Down Below"Roddy Ricch
"3rd Person"Boldy James and The Alchemist
"Oodles O'Noodles Babies"Meek Mill