The 10 Greatest Hip-Hop/Rap Videos of the 2010s
The 2010s witnessed the rise of hip-hop and rap music as dominant forces in popular culture. These genres not only produced memorable songs but also pushed the boundaries of visual storytelling through their music videos. Here is a list of the top 10 hip-hop/rap videos from the 2010s that captivated audiences with their creativity, social commentary, and visual artistry:
10) “Anaconda” by Nicki Minaj (2014), directed by Colin Tilley, celebrated female empowerment and body positivity. The video became a cultural phenomenon, generating discussions and breaking records.
9) “Close Your Eyes (and Count to Fuck)” by Run The Jewels ft. Zack de la Rocha (2015), directed by AG Rojas, offered a powerful and intense exploration of police brutality and racial tensions.
8) “Bad Blood” by Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar (2015), directed by Joseph Kahn, blended elements of action films and comic books, creating a visually spectacular and star-studded cinematic experience.
7) “Yonkers” by Tyler, The Creator (2011), a self-directed video, showcased his raw and provocative style. It introduced him to a wider audience and solidified his reputation as an artist willing to push boundaries.
6) “Wyclef Jean” by Young Thug (2017), directed by Ryan Staake, took a unique approach by turning a chaotic production process into a comedic and self-aware video experience.
5) “Alright” by Kendrick Lamar (2015), directed by Colin Tilley, served as a powerful anthem for the Black Lives Matter movement. Its visually stunning sequences and socially poignant content addressed police brutality and systemic racism.
4) “Runaway” by Kanye West (2010), a self-directed short film, pushed boundaries with its fusion of music, art, and fashion. It delved into themes of self-acceptance, the complexities of relationships, and societal alienation.
3) “HUMBLE.” by Kendrick Lamar (2017), directed by Dave Meyers, showcased Kendrick’s storytelling prowess. With its visually stunning scenes, religious symbolism, and thought-provoking imagery, the video explored themes of power, humility, and societal expectations.
2) “Formation” by Beyoncé (2016), directed by Melina Matsoukas, was a visually striking and politically charged masterpiece. Empowering and unapologetic, the video celebrated black culture, feminism, and addressed social issues.
1) “This Is America” by Childish Gambino (2018), directed by Hiro Murai, quickly became a cultural phenomenon. Its symbolic imagery and captivating choreography shed light on gun violence, racism, and the exploitation of black culture.