Best Endings of Hip-Hop Songs in the Past Five Years
Creating a good song is difficult. It’s a feat that can sometimes be taken for granted as there are so many. From writing hard-hitting lyrics to laying down vocals to performing, a lot goes into a single track, and that’s especially true for rap. In the genre, not only is the quality of the song important, but there is a particular emphasis on how the track ends. Sometimes, the conclusion of the narrative is what sticks. Today, XXL spotlights some of the best hip-hop song endings, especially story-telling ones, of the past five years.
There are many songs that land at a point of triumph, where the rapper has risen against all odds and found his version of success. J. Cole’s “Amari” was released last year as a single from his The off-season album, juxtaposes his exposure to crime and poverty in his youth with his success as a rich and famous rapper now. He exemplifies this success by reminiscing about sitting courtside at Madison Square Garden, watching his friend, NBA player Dennis Smith Jr. he once did.
Hip-hop also has room for tracks that don’t always have a happy ending, with the ending being a bit more about the journey. “Between The Lines” by Aminé, a cut from his 2021 EP, TwoPointFive, focuses on the performer trying to get out of a casual sex relationship and plays with the girl’s emotions along the way. At the end of the song, Aminé reveals that he has discovered that his real problem is the fear of commitment, which is bigger than the ongoing relationship. This kind of honesty from a man in hip-hop is interesting and shows his emotional depth.
Then there’s King Von’s “Take Her to the O,” Young Thug’s “Droppin Jewels,” and Key Glock’s “1 of 1,” all with a memorable ending.
Check out the list below for the best endings to your favorite songs.