The best birthday hip hop songs to make your big day go off with a bang can be difficult to find. To make it easy for you to have a happy birthday, we have created a list of rap & hip hop songs to make your day pass by with success.
1. “Birthday Cake” – Rihanna
Rihanna may not be singing about birthday cake in this track. The song is not family-friendly and best kept for after your birthday party. “Birthday Cake” was written and produced in 2011, with Rick Ross & Chris Brown on the remix lending his expertise to the song. Recorded when Rihanna was still dating Chris Brown, the song has become a cult classic. Pressure from Rihanna’s fans forced the artist to include the song on “Talk That Talk”.
2. “Birthday Sex” – Jeremih
So tell us, what do you REALLY want for your birthday? You want a skateboard? You want some new boots or a nice jacket? Come on now, there’s nothing quite like getting with Jeremih lays out in this rap birthday track on your special day.
3. “Birthday” – Flo Rida ft. Rick Ross
Flo Rida brings his party-friendly tunes to the birthday theme. “Birthday” features Rick Ross and takes a trip through Flo Rida’s version of living every day as if it is his birthday. The rhymes of Flo Rida take in Bentley’s and Campbell’s Soup, both great birthday treats if we do say so ourself. “Birthday” is an excellent song for partying on your big day.
4. “Gettin Cake” – Nicki Minaj
In 2010, Nicki Minaj released her “Barbie World” mixtape. One of the deepest cuts on the mix is the “Gettin’ Cake” song that is taken from the early days of Minaj’s career. Released around the time of her breakthrough in the U.S., “Gettin’ Cake” is a song that will get your party started. The Trinidadian rapper broke through with the mix in 2010 and went on to become one of the world’s top rappers today.
5. “In Da Club” – 50 Cent
No birthday would be complete without playing 50 Cent’s “In Da Club.” The song features the classic lyrics, “Hey Shorty, it’s your birthday.” The song features on the album, “Get Rich Or Die Tryin'” and was produced by Dr. Dre, with Elizondo. Many publications have listed “In Da Club” as one of the best songs of all time (ours included) due to just how big of a hit it was at the time. The song made 50 Cent one of the most important rappers of the 2000s.
6. “Say Aah” – Trey Songz
Hip hop birthday songs are not always PG-friendly. “Say Aah” is a good example of a hip-hop song that is excellent for the club without being the best choice for a family birthday party. Trey Songz and Fabolous detail a trip to the club to celebrate a birthday. The song has some questionable lyrical content that can make it a difficult listen for the unprepared.
7. “Pass the Courvoisier Part II” – Busta Rhymes Ft. Pharell & Puff Daddy
Going back to the old school with Busta Rhymes classic about partying. The Neptunes produced song tells the story of a night of partying by Rhymes and his friends. The Neptunes and Busta Rhymes were at the height of their powers in 2001 and produced one of the best birthday hip hop songs of all time. The rapper takes us on a crazy night, with a video that reflects Eddie Murphy’s “Harlem Nights” movie.
8. “Ratchet Happy Birthday” – Drake
“Ratchet Happy Birthday” is a throwback to some of the earliest Drake songs. The rapper brings a mellow vibe to a song detailing his reaction to his woman’s birthday. Drake discusses the emotional detachment he and the woman feel during her birthday celebrations. The song is not the classic by 2 Chains, but it does give us a glimpse into the early days of Drake and his love of seduction. Drake spends the song trying to bring the woman back to feeling the emotions they used to share. A mellow track to enjoy when you are looking for a laid-back birthday celebration.
9. “Birthday Song” – 2 Chains Ft. Kanye West
The start of the 2010s brought a plethora of the best birthday rap songs. 2 Chainz and Kanye West provided their entry into the best birthday songs in 2012. The rapper’s debut album, “Based on a T.R.U. Story” includes “Birthday Song” and was the second single. Sonny Digital produced the song alongside Kanye West and other producers to create a song about yearning for women with “big booties”. Although it reached number 47 on the Billboard Hot 100, 2 Chainz’s single was certified double platinum in the U.S.
10. “Birthday Girl” – Travis Porter
Travis Porter has produced one of the great hip-hop birthday songs in “Birthday Girl.” If you are spending your birthday in the strip club, Travis Porter has the song you need. The strip club is filled with a list of drinks Porter and the “Lil Mama” of the song. Travis Porter’s song may not be the best option for a family party but is a great way to get ready for the club.
11. “Shots” – LMFAO Ft. Lil Jon
Lil Jon is the greatest crunk hip hop artist of all time. LMFAO certainly knows how to enjoy a party to make this one of the great electro-rap crossovers. The happy party stylings of Redfoo and the band will help you enjoy a hedonistic party with your best friends. Lil Jon gives the song its most memorable moments, with LMFAO providing an impressive track for his crunk sound.
When you are getting ready to enjoy a party, LMFAO and Lil Jon are here to make sure you enjoy your big day with plenty of shots.
12. “Party Up (Up In Here)” – DMX
A true old-school classic. “Party Up (Up In Here)” is one of the most impressive tracks by DMX. The track has become a staple of sports events and TV shows looking to get a crowd fired up. Released as a single from DMX’s “And Then There Was X…” album, “Party Up (Up In Here)” is the perfect track for any occasion. Three versions from the most explicit version to the family-friendly radio edit make this a song you can enjoy in any situation.
13. “Rockstar” – Post Malone (Ft. 21 Savage)
A classic moment of the critics and public disagreeing on the merits of a song. “Rockstar” was one of the biggest global hits of 2017, with critics voting it one of the worst singles of the year. Post Malone and 21 Savage had not reached number one in the Billboard Charts together or on their own when “Rockstar” made its way to the number one spot. The single’s release broke the record for most streams in a single week for Apple Music. Post Malone and 21 Savage created a party anthem that provides everyone with the ability to party hard on their birthday.
The 13 songs on the list are among the best birthday hip hop songs ever produced. The songs span a range of genres from old-school rap to crunk. Including some pop songs means there will be something for everyone to enjoy at a party at any location.
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