Hot Rap Songs Review: 2006

Hot Rap Songs Review

Welcome back to another Hot Rap Songs Review. Let’s get started.


Lean Wit It, Rock Wit It-Dem Franchise Boyz ft Lil Peanut & Charlay: And we begin on some more ringtone rap. And it’s from Dem Franchise Boyz. Goody. Lean Wit It, Rock Wit It is no different from I Think They Like Me: repetitive chorus, cheap production, bad rapping, etc. And like most ringtone rap songs of the time, it has a dance attached to it. Re-experiencing this era of rap is going to be painful. I give this an F.

What You Know-T.I.: Now here’s more of that Southern hip-hop that I like, courtesy of T.I. 2006 was a good year for the Bankhead MC as he starred in the movie ATL and his album King went to number one on the Billboard charts. The first single from that album is What You Know. This song is a banger thanks to the production. It bumps in the whip. T.I. brings that Atlanta swagger and griminess to the song and he kills the shit. Plus, that chorus stays in your head for days, although…

Hey, don’t you know I got key by the 3?
When I chirp, shawty, chirp back

It was 2006. Chirp phones were a thing (I know that’s not the name, but still). Remember those? Is this T.I.’s best song? No, but it still bumps to this day. I give it a B.

It’s Goin’ Down-Yung Joc: I’ve already talked about Yung Joc back in my Worst of ’06 when talking about I Know You See It. Now, let’s talk about his signature song It’s Goin’ Down. This is easily his best song and it’s not even that great. The best thing about it is the production. And that chorus is ridiculously catchy.

Meet me in the trap its goin down
Meet me in the mall its goin down
Meet me in the club its goin down
Any where ya meet me guaranteed to go down

Aside from those two elements, there’s not much to everything else in the song. Yung Joc is not that great of a rapper and the lyrics contain the usual rap tropes that you expect. I give this song a low C.

Shoulder Lean-Young Dro ft T.I.: With all of his success, T.I. formed his own label called Grand Hustle and one of the artists he signed is Young Dro, who became a one-hit wonder thanks to Shoulder Lean. It’s another rap song of the time that has a dance attached to it. The only memorable thing about the song is chorus, courtesy of T.I. and aside from Tip sounding awful, that’s his only contribution to the track. He doesn’t even get a verse. What the hell? Outside of that, there’s not much. Young Dro is an average rapper at best, the beat is whatever, and the lyrics are just more bragging. Let’s leave this song behind. It’s getting a D from me.

Pullin’ Me Back-Chingy ft Tyrese: And we’re at Chingy’s final hit single (thank goodness), Pullin’ Me Back with Tyrese. I will say this: Chingy has gotten better as a rapper. Gotta hand it to him. He went from fucking awful to straight-up mediocre. Aside from that, he did get better production for this song courtesy of Jermaine Dupri sampling an SWV song and he got outshined by Tyrese. At the end of the day, it’s still a generic love song and I won’t be going back to it ever. I give it a low C.

Money Maker-Ludacris ft Pharrell: Man, this was a huge disappointment. I like a good chunk of Ludacris’ songs and his videos were entertaining as hell back in the days. Seeing that Money Maker is a collaboration with Pharrell, this should’ve been a great song. Instead, it’s just mediocre. The production from the Neptunes is really dull. Don’t let that dramatic intro fool you, the rest of the song isn’t that exciting. And I could say the same for the performances from both Pharrell and Luda. They sound drained about what they’re talking about. And this is a song about strippers and it has the same energy as modern day stripper songs, which is none. And this was a huge hit for Luda. He deserves better than this. I give it a D.

Shortie Like Mine-Bow Wow ft Chris Brown & Johnta Austin: And we end on Bow Wow, who’s now working with Chris Brown and the entirety of the 106 & Park audience have dampened their panties thanks to this. This is Shortie Like Mine and it’s mediocre. The production is brought down by that shrill synth line and it has not aged well. Chris Brown is Chris Brown and Bow Wow didn’t exactly wow me. It’s another love song that brings nothing new to the table and I’m going to give it a D. 2006 was not a good year for mainstream hip-hop.


What You Know


Lean Wit It, Rock Wit It

And those were the number one songs on the Hot Rap Songs chart of 2006. Next time, we look at the number one songs on the Hot Rap Songs chart of 2007.


8 thoughts on “Hot Rap Songs Review: 2006

  1. Chamillionaire could have been cockblocked by bad song that did not deserve to be number one. Now with 2007, it just gets worse. I expect a lot of songs to get D’s & F’s. That includes “Crank dat” one of the worst pieces of audio shit of all time. That despicable song among other ringtone rap songs cockblocked other good rap songs from reaching rap’s summit.


  2. You’re not joking about how bad 2006 was for mainstream hip hop. I was just listening to the 2006 year end list in making my 2006 lists and aside from Ridin and a few other songs it was really bad as ringtone rap really took over.

    Lean Wit It, Rock Wit It- just another ringtone rap song of the era meaning it sucks

    What You Know- It’s got a good beat and I like those sound effects of OH and What but I’m not really feeling it

    It’s Goin Down- the chorus is catchy but that beat gets really annoying with how it stays the same. Aside from that, it’s just another ringtone rap song. You should also mention about this line in a future WTF Lyrics post “Boys in the hood call me black Donald Trump”

    Shoulder Lean- meh

    Pullin Me Back- also glad this was Chingy’s final hit. It’s better than his earlier hits but that’s not saying much

    Money Maker- agree that it’s mediocre and the production feels really messy

    Shortie Like Mine- meh

    You should also do a WTF lyrics reaction to Grillz “I got a bill in my mouth like I’m Hillary Rodham”

    Here are my lists for 2005
    Best Hit Songs of 2005
    1)Mr. Brightside by The Killers
    2)Speed of Sound by Coldplay
    3)Since U Been Gone/Behind These Hazel Eyes/Because of You by Kelly Clarkson
    4)Boulevard of Broken Dreams/Holiday/Wake Me Up When September Ends by Green Day
    5)Best of You by The Foo Fighters
    6)Gold Digger by Kanye West ft. Jamie Foxx
    7)Feel Good Inc by Gorillaz
    8)Numb/Encore by JAY-Z and Linkin Park
    9)Ordinary People by John Legend
    10)We Belong Together by Mariah Carey
    Honorable Mentions
    Let Me Love You by Mario
    Don’t Phunk With My Heart by The Black Eyed Peas
    Pon de Replay by Rihanna
    Beverly Hills by Weezer
    Lonely No More by Rob Thomas
    Hate It Or Love It by The Game ft. 50 Cent
    Switch by Will Smith
    Sugar, We’re Goin Down by Fall Out Boy
    Karma by Alicia Keys
    Mockingbird by Eminem
    Baby I’m Back by Baby Bash ft. Akon
    Bring Em Out by T.I.
    1 Thing by Amerie
    Cool by Gwen Stefani
    Get Back/Number One Spot by Ludacris

    Worst Hit Songs of 2005
    1)Play by David Banner
    2)Wait (The Whisper Song) by The Ying Yang Twins
    3)Some Cut by Trillville ft. Cutty
    4)Hollaback Girl by Gwen Stefani
    5)My Humps by The Black Eyed Peas
    6)Run It! by Chris Brown ft. Juelz Santana
    7)Don’t Cha by The Pussycat Dolls ft. Busta Rhymes
    8)Lonely by Akon
    9)Photograph by Nickelback
    10)Just the Girl by The Click Five
    Dishonorable Mentions
    Candy Shop ft. Olivia/Just a Lil Bit by 50 Cent
    Rich Girl by Gwen Stefani ft. Eve
    Slow Down by Bobby Valentino
    Sugar (Gimme Some) by Trick Daddy ft. Ludacris, Lil Kim, and Cee Lo Green
    It’s Like That by Mariah Carey
    Your Body by Pretty Ricky
    Beautiful Soul by Jesse McCartney
    Get Right by Jennifer Lopez
    Daughters by John Mayer
    As Good As I Once Was by Toby Keith
    True by Ryan Cabrera
    Back Then by Mike Jones
    Wonderful by Ja Rule ft. R. Kelly and Ashanti
    I’m Sprung by T-Pain
    U Already Know by 112
    Give Me That by Webber ft. Bun B


  3. It’s Goin’ Down is by far Yung Joc’s best song, and probably one of the better ringtone rap songs. Another song I kind of like because it brings back nostalgic memories. Yung Joc was a pretty below average rapper though, so it’s no wonder he faded away after a while.

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  4. I have a soft spot for Lean Wit It, Rock Wit It,it’s catchy despite being dumb (that said, I Think They Like Me is trash). I don’t completely hate ringtone rap, but you’re right, it was a dark period for mainstream hip hop. What You Know is a banger and a classic, it’s probably my favorite T.I. song. Shoulder Lean is pretty lame and Young Dro wasn’t that great of a rapper, but I’d be lying if I didn’t say the song was kind of catchy. Pullin’ Me Back is probably Chingy’s best song quality-wise, but I still don’t like it. Tyrese was easily the best part of that song. Money Maker was a huge letdown for me. You get Pharrell on your track and this is what you give us? yeah, the song isn’t as epic beginning suggests. Luda’s personality and charisma are missing here, and Pharrell’s production is pretty subpar. It’s one of my leaves favorite song from Luda. Though with songs like Splash Waterfalls and How Low, you could always do a lot worse than Money Maker. And Shortie Like Mine was just meh. And you’re right, the 106 & Park audience really ate this up. It was featured prominently and was a big staple of that countdown show until it got cancelled. It’s just a cheesy love song for girls to go crazy over (which right there tells me that most girls will listen to anything as long as the artist is good looking. It’s why Chris Brown still sadly has a career and Drake is still successful despite Pusha T murdering him on his diss tracks). Surprised Ridin’ didn’t hit #1 on the hip hop charts given how huge that song was that year and the fact that it was a cultural phenomenon. Eh, whatever. Another great review. Looking forward to the next one.

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  5. How come Ridin Dirty by Chamillionaire aka the biggest hip hop song of the year wasn’t number one in the category


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