From the moment Wap dropped his first mixtape in 2009, he has become synonymous with dancehall, the music genre that has made him an international superstar.
From a video shot in the bedroom of his Brooklyn apartment to a full-length film released last year, Wap’s songs have been the soundtrack to the lives of rappers, dancers, and pop stars alike.
It’s a genre that often feels disconnected from mainstream music, but the songs have resonated with hip-hop fans for decades.
We asked Wap to share his favorite Wap songs and why he thinks they’re so influential.1.
Wap & T.I.: “I Got The Feeling” (2009)Wap was a kid growing up in Brooklyn in the mid-2000s, and his parents were struggling to make ends meet.
But one of his favorite songs to listen to was his dad’s “I Don’t Have A Job.”
He says he was inspired by that lyric in the song, which is about working hard to keep himself afloat financially while also dealing with a lack of opportunities.
“My mom said, ‘If you want to be able to have something that’s going to keep you going when you need it, you need to have the feeling of feeling that,'” Wap said.
“I think the song was something that I could relate to.
It was something where you were doing something, and you didn’t feel that the money was going to make that happen.
So that’s what I think I did in that song.”2.
Kanye West: “All Night” (2016)Kanye West is known for creating a personal narrative about himself, and he has done it well.
He has written books about himself and his life, including How To Be An American Hero, The Art Of Disguise, and The Blueprint.
In the latter book, he wrote that he grew up with a “familiar, familiar” childhood.
“It was like, ‘Oh, I’m not gonna be like, you know, the kid I grew up being,’ because I had a certain way of doing things,” he said.
In a way, he did.
“You know, I was raised to be an outsider,” he continued.
“The things that people say about me that are untrue, I don’t care what anybody says, I do know it was a tough upbringing.
I was not the most privileged kid.”3.
Wiz Khalifa: “Niggas In Paris” (2015)Wiz Khalifa has always been known for being a bit of a nerd, so it’s no surprise that he wrote his own song in 2015 called “Nigga In Paris.”
He used the song to explore his feelings about being gay in 2016 and what it was like to be a minority in America.
“People are talking about me now, like, it’s a gay boy, and I’m like, well, that’s not me,” he explained.
“But when you get into my life, it was all about my brothers and sisters, about being a nigga, and about being like a human being.”4.
The Weeknd: “Runaway” (2017)After a brief stint in the studio with Future, The Weekmans first single, “Run Away,” landed in the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2017.
It brought a little bit of the energy and intensity to the song that Wiz Khalif has used throughout his career.
“When you’re making music, you’re trying to do what’s best for yourself and your family, and then, when you’re on top, the fans are watching and you’re doing it on the biggest stage possible,” Wiz said.
The track was one of Wiz’s first official collaborations with The Weekenders, who helped him craft his own version of “Run Like Hell,” which debuted at the Grammys in 2018.5.
Drake: “Wolves” (2013)Drake is one of the biggest stars in the world, but it wasn’t always like that.
The Toronto-based rapper was raised in a small town in the Midwest, and when he was 11 years old, he started taking dance classes.
When he was 14, he began making his own music.
Drake has been described as the most successful rapper in the history of music.
“At that point, I started making my own music and it really was the beginning of the thing,” he told Newsweek.
“If I had the chance to make something bigger and more ambitious, I would definitely do that.”6.
Beyoncé: “Flawless” (2014)Beyoncé is one-half of the pop duo, Jay-Z & Beyonce, who are the biggest music producers in the business.
She says she’s never been able to get away from the fact that she is a producer.
“There’s no place for me in this world, and so I feel like I have to create my own world and that’s how