This month's review of the latest rap joints is full of surprises. The most unexpected news of all is the return of Missy Elliott, who has reunited with Timbaland for her first songs in four years, "9th Inning" and "Triple Threat." Another surprise comes courtesy of Nicki Minaj, who is celebrating her ascent to the American Idol judges' panel with a new, non-Roman's Revenge single, "The Boys," that also includes Diddy's girlfriend, Cassie. Who would've imagined Wiz Khalifa teaming up with left-field R&B innovator The Weeknd? The two stars pair for "Remember You." Ryan Leslie makes a temporary switch from R&B to hip-hop with his new single, "Beautiful Lie." We've got tracks from Lil Wayne ("No Worries"), Meek Mill ("Burn"), Big Boi ("She Said OK"), and 50 Cent ("New Day"). Don't sleep on indie stars Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ("Thrift Shop"), The Coup ("The Magic Clap"), MellowHype ("La Bonita"), and Main Attrakionz ("Do It for the Bay"). Finally, Juicy J's already-omnipresent "Bandz a Make Her Dance" needs no introduction.
Hot Rap Singles, October 2012
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