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We’re back today with the second installment of our Year-End list where he count down the most underrated and most disappointing songs of 2013 according to us. The ‘Best & Worst Songs‘ list got a strong reaction so let’s see what you guys think about this one. Remember: “disappointing” doesn’t mean they are wack, just means that these songs failed to meet our expectations.

1. These lists are in no specific order from 1 to 5 and are based on personal preferences of the HHNM staff which includes Navjosh, Joe Money, Jay Holz, AK and Maher.
2. The main criteria for these picks were: how often we pressed play on a particular song, video or album and how much it impacted our ears. They are not based on the amount of spins on the radio, how many copies it sold or the critical and fan acclaim it received.
3. These picks have been delivered to you unfiltered, without any bias or pre-determined notions and result of days of discussion.
4. Whether you agree or disagree, we appreciate you taking out the time to read this!


Eminem – ‘Headlights’

mmlp2 deluxe frontEminem’s MMLP2 ranks in our best albums list for 2013 and one of the standout tracks is ‘Headlights’ which we don’t think got enough recognition.

Em apologizes to his mother for all the wrong doings and the way he portrayed her on songs over the years. Apart from the impactful lyrics, it’s the powerful and infectious hook by Fun. singer Nate Ruess that really puts the icing on the cake.


Chamillionaire – ‘Slow Loud & Bangin’

chamillionaire-elevate-frontChamillionaire has been hard at work on his forthcoming third album Poison but that doesn’t mean he’s quiet as far as releasing music is concerned. ‘Slow, Loud & Bangin’ was a song released in June this year to promote his Elevate EP which can easily be rated as one of his best. The chorus is undoubtedly the best thing about the track which is a great fit to bump in your ride, crib and even on the radio.


J. Cole – ‘New York Times’ (Feat. 50 Cent & Bas)

J. Cole - Born SinnerA 50 and J. Cole collaboration should have generated much more interest than it did, especially when the song is such a killer. Paying ode to NY and especially Queens, Cole and his artist Bas came up with some solid verses which became a complete package when 50 came through with his signature harmony on the hook.



T.I., B.o.B, Kendrick Lamar & Kris Stephens – ‘Memories Back Then’

hustle gang gdod‘Memories Back Then’ was one of the singles released from the Hustle Gang compilation mixtape that impressed us right from the word go. Three heartfelt verses from Tip, Kendrick and Bobby Ray plus a charming hook from the beautiful Kris Stephens was the perfect combination for the subject matter of the song. This definitely slipped under a lot of people’s hit radar.



50 Cent – ‘We Up’ (Feat. Kendrick Lamar)

50 Cent – ‘We Up’ (Feat. Kendrick Lamar) 50 released ‘We Up’ at a time when he was struggling a bit to find a hit single — not that we think his singles sounded bad. This song originally featured a verse from Kidd Kidd as well but Interscope decided to cut him off the retail version which was a good decision from commercial point of view.

The beat was unique, 50 matched well with Kendrick on the verses and the hook had ingredients of 50’s trademark delivery of melody but for whatever reason, it failed to meet its potential on the popularity front. We think 50 was very unlucky with this one.


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17 Responses to “HHNM 2013 Year-End List: Most Underrated & Most Disappointing Songs”

  1. ... 09. Jan, 2014 at 9:12 pm #

    50 cent?



  2. Q 09. Jan, 2014 at 9:25 pm #

    gladto see 50 getting some recognition. song was FIRE

  3. Vintage Chi-town Soul 09. Jan, 2014 at 9:33 pm #

    This site, outside of, is pretty much the last bastion of 50 Cent standom in the rap media ahhaha…the navjosh guy probably still wears the g-unit brassiere tank tops

  4. jamie 09. Jan, 2014 at 9:33 pm #

    list is nice… yeah, “we up” was good..

    “no new friends” is dope tho.

  5. LOl 09. Jan, 2014 at 9:37 pm #

    Nav50.. i mean NavJosh with his typically 50 Cent picks smh

  6. MGZ 09. Jan, 2014 at 9:38 pm #

    wow these commenters talkin bout fif def proves he’s still relevant as fuck lol.

  7. Zack 09. Jan, 2014 at 9:59 pm #

    Only thing i dont disagree with here is Love Game. Incredibly toung in cheek, but i liked it haha!

    Memories Back Then is amazing, should have gotten more recognition!

  8. Fif Haters Everywhere 09. Jan, 2014 at 10:01 pm #

    why do people hate on 50? makes no sense.. hes a genius. haters gonna hate… n they proud tho? 2014 SMH

  9. RealNinja 09. Jan, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    Yall MFs lame if yall don’t think “We Up” is dope. It was different sonically than everything that was and is out and not to mention the bars a flow 50 had was dope.

    @HHNM I gotta disagree for the 1st time. I didn’t like the premise of the song cuz your network can determine your net worth so ain’t nothing wrong with gaining new friends as long as they mean well and can add positivity to your life BUT the song sounded good and banged so I fucked w/ it. Plus I believe it came out before “Started From The Bottom” so this was actually “Started From The Bottom Pt. 1″

    I gotta check out that “Headlights” joint from EM cuz I only heard some of the album and didn’t feel what I heard.

    Real good lists so far, can’t wait to see what’s next.

  10. iknow 09. Jan, 2014 at 10:23 pm #

    underrated songs list is so fuckin on point!! but yall being too harsh on khaled LOL

  11. Doom 10. Jan, 2014 at 3:30 pm #

    @…, Vintage Chi-town Soul, LOl: Let me guess! Back in between 2003 and 2006 you were dickridin’ 50, then the media campaign (BAN 50, SAVE THE KIDS!) and people like Q & Elliott Wilson told you to start hatin’ 50 and everything he does cause that’s what’ll make you the cool kid, and if you don’t hate him, y’all are a bunch of losers. Am I right?

  12. HKA 11. Jan, 2014 at 1:10 am #

    mann cookies & og should be in the underrated list

  13. Peter 19. Jan, 2014 at 5:23 pm #

    Glad to see Chamillionaire on the list.

  14. Justin Moss 21. Jan, 2014 at 7:24 pm #

    Slow Loud & Bangin’ has gotta be by far my favorite song from last year. People are really sleeping on Cham.


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