6 Worst Rap Songs of 2019: Staff Picks

Don’t listen to these songs, we already did that for you.
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What is there to say about bad songs? There’s the obvious: They’re like car crashes, you can’t look away. There’s the not so obvious: They’re like my mother’s cooking, resembling something complete, but never quite enjoyable. However you cut it, there are bad songs and we, as music writers, are subject to hear them. Below you’ll find the worst songs of 2019, as selected by the DJBooth staff. Enjoy!

“Wobble Up” — Chris Brown

I’m not a fan of Chris Brown anymore, so I might be biased, but “Wobble Up” is one of the worst songs I’ve heard this year. I don’t even have an in-depth analysis of why. I just hate the song. — Simi Muhumuza

“Drug Addicts” — Lil Pump

After a lifetime of being a rap fan, songs about recreational drug use don’t phase me. As awful as it is to admit, I’ve even grown desensitized to material where rappers talk about using substances to numb their pain. What I’m not used to, however, are songs about drug addiction that are borderline cheerful. This song makes me feel like Lil Pump caught the first 15 minutes of Requiem For A Dream on cable, said, “I get the point—drug addiction is a great way to bond with your pals!” and then decided to put this lesson into practice. — Hershal Pandya

“7 Rings” — Ariana Grande

“7 Rings” had no business going No. 1 on the Billboard Top 100—and staying there whole 8 weeks, no less. Its only redeemable qualities were cut and pasted from much better songs, adapted for commercial success, and force-fed down the throats of America. Sampling and interpolation is an art, but it’s still an art that requires creativity and originality to be done right. In this case, “7 Rings” lacks both. — Kenan Draughorne

“Closed on Sunday” — Kanye West

No pun intended, but Jesus Christ, this record sucks. Given all that Kanye has been up to for the past few years, the promise of impending corn had never been as high as it was for Jesus is King. In totality, the album was... Boring. But from the very first bar, “Closed on Sunday” established itself in the pantheon of all-time ridiculous Kanye releases. Pledging a serious gospel album and then including a bar about Chick-fil-A—at once being foolish, latently homophobic, and bad at rapping—is, to be honest, all we should have expected from 2019 Kanye. That doesn’t make it any less disappointing. — Zachary Miller

“Jarreau of Rap (Skatt Attack)” — Nas

I don’t know when exactly Nas became hellbent on rapping over beats that sound like they belong on the soundtrack to the 2002 film About a Boy starring Hugh Grant, but enough is enough. “Jarreau of Rap” isn’t bad on a technical level. It is, however, an encapsulation of how Nas is out of touch and out of ideas. The Lost Tapes 2 is full of bad music, but the nothingness at the heart of a song like “Jarreau of Rap” is even more infuriating because, at some point, Nas thought this was fire and not painfully dull. Some things are better never found. —Matt Wilhite

“Earth” — Lil Dicky

The only thing worse than being a bad rapper is being a bad funny rapperLil Dicky has held this title for several years, but his 2019 promotional single “Earth” hits transcendent levels of unfunniness. I’m glad he cares about the environment, but did we need to hear Dicky and a host of alarmingly high-profile celebrities make tired jokes about baboon anuses and drinking milk from cow udders over a rejected beat from the Ed Sheeran’s “Shape Of You” sessions? “Earth” is, without a doubt, the worst four minutes and forty-two seconds of music I had to endure in 2019. At least all of the streaming money is going to a good cause. —Dylan "CineMasai" Green

If Lil Dicky’s “Earth” is what saving the world sounds like, don’t save me. —Yoh

I don’t intentionally listen to songs that hurt my feelings. I can hurt my feelings for free. But, man, did this one put me off. —Donna-Claire Chesman

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