2012 was the year of being or getting #turntup. Crunk songs encouraging partying, drinking and the good life were the soundtrack to turning up. French Montana‘s “Pop That” instructed women on how to, err, pop their booties at a party or club. It easily was one of the summer’s most popular anthems. In the same vein was Juicy J‘s “Bands A Make Her Dance” which suggests rolls of money secured by a rubber band will indeed make a girl dance. Not that we frequented the strip club or anything, but word on the street is strippers made this their unofficial theme song.
Other crunk songs had less to do with booty popping or stripping and more to do with intimacy–straight grown and sexy style. Take for instance Kelly Rowland‘s “Motivation” that inspired a body roll whether you were at your desk at work or in your car at a red light. Fun.‘s “We Are Young” isn’t your typical crunk song, however, if the DJ played this song at a party you witnessed the crowd going wild. So without further ado, here’s 16 of the year’s crunkest songs. Shout out to the artists for enabling our turned up ways.
“Pour It Up” – Rihanna
Produced by Mike Will who is becoming the go-to crunk beat-maker, Rihanna’s catchy club/strip club banger instantly made “po’ it up, po’ it up” a common phrase in the lexicon of young adults on the town.
“Bandz A Make Her Dance” – Juicy J ft. Lil Wayne
Another Mike Will production. I’m certain bands won’t make me dance, but as the revised version created by somee cards goes, “Bandz won’t make me dance but…Pay my Sallie Mae bill.” Word.
“Pop That” – French Montana ft. Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Drake
This is a feminist’s (mainly my) guilty pleasure. Are they telling women, “Don’t stop, pop that, don’t stop, what you twerkin’ with?” Why yes, yes they are. Those lyrics aren’t exactly music to my ears, but I certainly can’t help dancing when it comes on. Matter of fact, I’m certain I know all of Drake’s verse.
“Motivation” – Kelly Rowland ft. Lil Wayne
“Motivation” is what you get when a former Destiny’s Child matures into a fully grown woman. Since all year long we listened to men give instructions to women on thrusting and gyrating our bodies for their pleasure, this is our payback. Maybe Kelly helped out a few men if they listened to her lyrics closely. Men really should be thanking her.
“Cashin’ Out”- Ca$h Out
“Got a condo on my wrist girl, I’m cashin’ out.” If Ca$h Out has a condo on his wrist does that mean he has a yacht on his pinky finger? Riding around with that Keisha sure does make one prosperous. Teach us thy ways.
“I Don’t Like” – G.O.O.D. Music
Two words: “Bang, bang!”
“Beez In The Trap”– Nicki Minaj ft. 2 Chainz
Everyone’s pleasantly surprised when Nicki goes back to her mixtape flow proving she’s not all pop-American Idol-Starships-diva. While the beat to her Pink Friday Roman Reloaded joint knocked, it was 2 Chainz’s dance moves in the video that will always hold a special place in our hearts.
“No Lie” – 2 Chainz
Speaking of Dos Chainz, if we had to crown someone the King of Crunk of the year, it’d be him. Sorry Lil Jon. Your title has been revoked for the time being.
“Burn” – Meek Mill ft. Big Sean
Meek’s Dreamchasers 2 mixtape is worth the download if only for this collabo with Big Sean. Both of the freshman class rappers lyrically burned the mic. There wasn’t a car stereo in Brooklyn this summer that didn’t blast “Burn” from its speakers.
“We Are Young” – fun. ft. Janelle Monae
“Tonight, we are young/So let’s set the world on fire /We can burn brighter/Than the sun.” There’s no way you hear those words and not sing at the top of your lungs. It isn’t possible.
“Put It Down”- Brandy ft. Chris Brown
With the right snares and bass a R&B song can get really, really crunk. Brandy’s big comeback album, Two Eleven, may have been about the journey of love, but this partnership with Chris Brown put the legend back on folks radar. Hearing the Cinderella star sing about putting it down was just so…ratchet. And we loved it.
“Spend It”- 2 Chainz
For some reason “I’m ridin’ around and I’m getting it” was suitable for everything this summer. Driving to the library to check out Chaucer, you tweeted “I’m ridin’ around and I’m getting it.” Rushing to Trader Joe’s for their signature, delicious Pink Lemonade, you’d Instagram your bicycle’s wheels with 2 Chainz opening lyrics. Why? Because, duh, you’re obviously ridin’ around and getting it.
“Clique”- Kanye West, Jay-Z & Big Sean
Do not find yourself at a party with your crew when this song comes on. Instantly you think your clique is the hottest group of people there. Obnoxiously you yell out, “Ain’t nobody f—– with my clique!” and dare someone to beg to differ.
“Swimming Pools (Drank)”- Kendrick Lamar
K.Dot doesn’t make crunk music. But there’s something about him encouraging you to pour up, drank, head shot, drank that screams crunk. Or at the very least requires one to turn all the way up.
Please refer to your very helpful Urban Dictionary if the meaning of rack city is lost on you. Actually, it doesn’t even matter what it means. All you need to know is: “Rack city, b*tch, rack, rack city b*tch.”