The list below ranks my list of the 10 most powerful hip hop music videos in the last 10 years.
10. Mind Your Manners – Chiddy Bang
Starting off on a lighter note is Mind Your Manners. This is one of the most exciting music videos ever released. It’s a feel good song that somehow creates a type of nostalgia. To me it reminds me of my childhood. Although Chiddy Bang are no longer together, the music and videos they created will remain as works of art.
9. The City – The Game ft. Kendrick Lamar
In “The City” we find ourselves following the struggles of a man who is trying to get initiated into a gang. His one task is to murder someone, except when the moment came, he couldn’t pull the trigger. The video along with the lyrics and Kendrick’s intense acapella at the end of the song put viewers in the war zone of the streets of Los Angeles.
8. FML – August Alsina ft. Pusha T
I have been following August Alsina for a while. This video is the darkest and deepest he has released throughout his career. It captures his agony especially after losing his brother at such a young age. Pusha T also gives us a feel as to what’s been causing him pain.
7. Live Your Life – T.I. ft. Rihanna
“Live Your Life” was already an instant classic when it came out. Rihanna’s vocals compliment TI’s style of rapping perfectly. The video goes through the many stages of TI’s life. It goes from his struggle of being a hustler on the streets to his dreams coming true up until he wanted out of the life he was in.
6. Welcome to Heartbreak – Kanye West ft. Kid Cudi
808’s and Heartbreak is my favorite Kanye West album of all time and “Welcome to Heartbreak” is one of my favorite songs off the album. The video might look like a bunch of messed up pixels to some but to me it really captures what he’s trying to say in the song. Kanye did say he saw music as colors. The colors he used in this video really created the emotion Kanye was giving off in the song. Ofcourse Cudi just takes this song and video to a whole other level.
5. She Knows – J.Cole
J. Cole has a twisted mind when it comes to making his music videos. That was obvious in “Power Trip” when he ended up murdering the boyfriend of the girl he loves. In “She Knows”, J. Cole gives a sick ending to a quickly escalating video.
4. I Tried – Bone Thugs N’ Harmony ft. Akon
“I Tried” is self-explanatory. The video compliments one of the most amazing songs ever created. Of course, it has that classic Akon hook that just takes the song over the top. The video truly represents the struggle that Bone Thugs N’ Harmony were speaking of.
3. Words I Never Said ft. Skylar Grey
Lupe Fiasco really showcases the corruption in the world through this video. Many rappers are scared to put into perspective the reality of how many people are treated. Even if it was an exaggerated version of reality, it still contains truths that anyone with an open mind can understand and relate to in this day in age.
2. Runaway Love – Ludacris ft. Mary J. Blige
The music video for “Runaway Love” is an amazing one. It really captures the story that Ludacris and Mary J. Blige are trying to portray. I can’t really put the song into words. The video does all the explaining.
1. No Church In the Wild – Kanye West & Jay-Z
This is one of the greatest videos ever created although Jay Z is missing and Kanye is only in the video for a few seconds. In a time where it seems the whole world is at war and people cry for freedom, the video seems to foreshadow what may be coming in the future. It makes a powerful statement and the video compliments a rebellious sounding song. The artistic nature of the video makes it all the more beautiful.