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Who is King of the Hook?

October 6, 2011 · Posted in Music · 87 Comments 

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We’ve seen battles of the emcees, albums, and songs. As hip hop fans we all love the bars, lyricism, punch lines, and creativity of our favorite rappers on their songs. But, then there’s that certain element to the song that usually catches the attention of the listener first. The hook. A hook can sometimes make or break a song depending on if the verses need a hearse or not. With that being said, I’ve decided to breakdown the battle “King of the Hook.” Let’s take a look at our candidates.

Candidates

Akon:

Who doesn’t love to hear Akon say “Konvict” followed by a jail cell door being slammed shut? You at least know that the hook is going to be fire. He seems to body every single hook that he’s ever been on. Even that ridiculous Gwen Stefani song he was on sounded cool for a little while. Uh, well, yeah we’ll just leave it a little while. His versatility is also what makes him great. He can hit you with “Nobody wanna see us together…” then next song be like “I keep the 40 cal on my side…” He can do hip hop, R&B, and Reggae. Kon’s been the hook man for numerous smash hits and street bangers. Akon most definitely sits with the hierarchy of “hook legends.”

Memorable Tracks: Soul Survivor, I Wanna F**k You, Snitch, Day Dreaming, We Taking Over, Get Buck in Here, Cross That Line

T-Pain


Sing it with me! “I’m in love with a stripper…” Yeah, that was our introduction to the Nappy Boy. I remember when that song came out I thought he was just going to be a one hit wonder. Hm…WRONG! Dude blew up and started a fad that branded a whole new style of hip hop. Well, at least made it extremely popular. Auto-tuning the FUCK out of your tracks.  Come on, don’t deny the fact that you were singing “Pop Champagne” just cause Ron Browz sounded like C3PO’s cousin. T-Pain made rappers wanna sing. Even made one particular rapper put out a whole auto-tuned out album! (See 808’s and Heartbreaks.) He kills every hook he’s on and you can even go as far as to say made them “anthems.” Yo, if your the only survivor of Jigga man’s “DOA” then you know you’re a boss.

Memorable Tracks: I’m so Hood, Good Life, Low, The Boss, Go Hard, All I Do Is Win, Get Money, I’m Sprung, Bartender

R. Kelly

Somehow Kells can make the most vulgar and suggestive lyrics sound like every day vocabulary. “…and all that sweet wining and dining, well I’m f**king you tonight.” See what I mean? All scandals aside, this dude is a legend though. An OG to the game but still killing it today. Made one of the most unforgettable hooks of all time in “I Believe I Can Fly.” I know I wasn’t the only one at the time idolizing Michael Jordan and had R. Kelly making me believe I could dunk from the free throw line. R. Kelly was the king of R&B for quite some time and even Shawn Carter himself agreed. I mean, doing 2 albums with the guy had to mean something. Regardless, Kells can get you to cry, make babies, party, or hide in a closet. That’s talent.

Memorable Songs: Hotel, We Thuggin, F**king You Tonight, Go Getta, Burn it Up, Ignition, World’s Greatest, That’s That Shit

Drake

The most recent addition to the hook elite is none other than Drizzy Drake. Weezy says it best, “..and we gon be alright if we got Drake on every hook.” I mean, have you heard a bad hook by the dude? His always seem to have two parts to it too. He’ll come in slow and then he’ll speed it up and vice versa. A two-tool rapper makes for a perfect hook. I think you can say three of the biggest songs in each other last three years he’s been on the hook. “Forever” in ’09. “Over” in ’10. “I’m on One” in ’11. He was a go to man for a hook on Jigga’s “Blueprint 3″ on the song “Off That” before he even dropped his own album. Wrote the hook for one of Alicia Keys biggest songs of 2010, “Unthinkable.” Countlessly being called upon by some of the biggest names in the music industry for a hook has GOT to put Drake on this short list.

Memorable Songs: I’m on One, Money to Blow, Forever, Best I Ever Had, Say Something, Marvin’s Room, She Will, Killers, 4 My Town

Nate Dogg


I had this discussion with my boys the other day about this topic. We went through the candidates and obviously Nate Dogg was a give in. Once we started compiling the songs he’s been on, we actually realized that this dude has GOT to be the “Hook King.” It pissed me off when his unfortunate passing brought headlines saying “Rapper, Nate Dogg dead,” and such. Rapper? This dude had the voice of an angel. Almost all of my Top 10 albums had a hook from Nate Dogg. He had the mentality of the west coast, the respect and words from hip hop, and the voice and sound that could contest any singer of all time. He gets my vote as the “Hook King.” And to use the words of Nate D-O Double G himself, “Nobody Does it Better.” Rest in Peace.

Memorable Tracks: Nobody Does It Better, Warrior Part 2, Till I Collapse, Xxplosive, 21 questions, Shake That, Area Codes, The Next Episode, Can’t Deny It

I realize I left out A LOT of tracks on the memorable tracks section, but I just listed some of the ones that came to me right away.

Would love to hear all of your opinions on who you think is the “Hook King” and if you agree with my choice of Nate Dogg.

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Comments

87 Responses to “Who is King of the Hook?”

  1. jchapa on October 6th, 2011 4:13 am

    cole got nice hooks too

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    Adge Reply:

    @jchapa, Yeah he does. I would’ve killed to have Nate Dogg on one of Cole’s hooks. He’s the perfect guy for Cole’s style!

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  2. Jerico on October 6th, 2011 4:15 am

    NATE DOGG got this 1

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  3. Bryan on October 6th, 2011 4:16 am

    Akon & Nate and Drake… It’s between them.

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    LMH Reply:

    @Bryan, Yeah I like Akon and Drake from this list, but I think Roscoe Dash makes the best hooks in hip hop right now. I never like his lyrics in verses, but I always find myself singing his hooks lol

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  4. Patrick on October 6th, 2011 4:16 am

    Between drake and nate dogg.

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  5. MosDef on October 6th, 2011 4:21 am

    Nate dog lol that’s am easy one

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  6. Craig on October 6th, 2011 4:24 am

    I think Nate Dogg is the king of Hooks…. but the guy is gone so i will say right now t-pain is the king!!! I need a link to your top 10 albums…. or better still make a blog about the top tem hip hop albums. Thanks!!!

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  7. karohn on October 6th, 2011 4:24 am

    drake

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  8. ulises garza on October 6th, 2011 4:26 am

    Aubrey Drake Graham

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  9. bhobs on October 6th, 2011 4:27 am

    John Legend

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  10. Karenn on October 6th, 2011 4:28 am

    Akon!!

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  11. Wes on October 6th, 2011 4:32 am

    KId Cudi for sure!

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  12. ymcmb on October 6th, 2011 4:37 am

    On records I’m captain hook -Drake

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    KingKane Reply:

    @ymcmb, Ye G

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  13. Markos on October 6th, 2011 4:40 am

    Drake

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  14. @DaRealTzozi_EVO on October 6th, 2011 4:44 am

    Forgot Chris Brown holmes…..

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  15. david on October 6th, 2011 4:45 am

    drake. sickest hooks out there right now

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    Cole94 Reply:

    @david,

    Drake use Auto-Tune -.-‘ so please just say “NATE DOGG I A KING OF MUTHA****** HOOK’S”

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    illadelph_meek mill Reply:

    @Cole94,lmao do you even know what autotune is? Because drake doesn’t use it

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    david Reply:

    @Cole94, dude i have never evene heard a song where he uses autotune, your trippin bro!

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  16. TOUGHTITTIES on October 6th, 2011 4:45 am

    DONT EVER. I REPEAT EVER! PUT T-PAIN IN THE SAME CATEGORY AS NATE DOGG. DONT DO WRONG TO A DEAD MAN

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  17. Drew on October 6th, 2011 4:47 am

    as of RIGHT NOW it goes to; DRAKE (Captain Hook)

    check this…

    http://allthings-fresh.net/blog/2011/10/04/news-complex-presents-the-25-best-drake-hooks/

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  18. J.A.M on October 6th, 2011 4:50 am

    How can you guys forget Kid CuDi? Nate Dogg=Hook King

    TW: @high_life007

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  19. ThatGuyC on October 6th, 2011 4:58 am

    Nate, no contest

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  20. wet on October 6th, 2011 5:06 am

    Z-RO & Nate dogg

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  21. nike001 on October 6th, 2011 5:13 am

    umm.. drake. for srs.

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  22. my Opinions on October 6th, 2011 5:16 am

    R.i.P Nate Dogg! King of hook!

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  23. Chris on October 6th, 2011 5:22 am

    Drake king of the hook

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  24. bankssk on October 6th, 2011 5:26 am

    check out 50’s hooks people he was on nikkas hooks when they couldnt write their own hooks

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  25. Nigz on October 6th, 2011 5:35 am

    Couldn’t have picked a better top 5 myself. Nate is definitely the king. Look forward to reading the rest of your blogs bro. Well written and never baseless opinions. Great work.

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  26. ty on October 6th, 2011 5:46 am

    I’ll say 50 he got so many classic hooks he even wote 21 questions hook

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  27. aaron on October 6th, 2011 5:50 am

    EMINEM

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  28. fenian on October 6th, 2011 5:56 am

    NATE DOGG 110% like no competition

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  29. Alexis on October 6th, 2011 6:06 am

    Stopp putting other rappers names geez. This is who you get. I wanna say Nate, haven’t heard a lot of his songs so in my opinion…Drake.

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  30. easy on October 6th, 2011 6:20 am

    in my opinion the competition is between t-pain, chris brown and drake. but i will go with the man. TAKE CARE DRIZZY DRAKE!

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  31. oh on October 6th, 2011 6:25 am

    drizzy drake- headlines one of his latest…

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  32. WHY?? on October 6th, 2011 6:30 am

    First off eminem dont do hooks….and why is everyone comparing drake with nate??

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  33. beecee on October 6th, 2011 6:39 am

    i was thinking tpain and drake when i was reading, but as SOON as i saw nate doggs name, first though “THIS IS OVER. NATE FINISHED IT.”
    RIP.

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  34. Royal Swagness on October 6th, 2011 6:51 am

    Nate Dogg of course. He specialized in hooks. His voice made every hook his voice touched on a record. He gave all these other clowns lanes to be on dozens of songs to rock a club, your ears, etc.

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  35. niggerkilller on October 6th, 2011 6:53 am

    cudi snubed on this one…..nate wins hands down though.

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  36. MP GILL on October 6th, 2011 6:57 am

    NATE DOGG !!!! obviously man !! aint nobody better

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  37. Towaway on October 6th, 2011 7:03 am

    DO RIGHT AND KILL EVERYTHING
    DRAKE

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  38. Arnold_dajar on October 6th, 2011 7:15 am

    @@DaRealTzozi_EVO, for real! chris brown is on soooo many hooks, it’s nuts
    My last & Shit got Damn by big sean, Get back up by T.I., Chapmion by Chipmunk, Pot of Gold by The Game, Make a Movie by Twista, He NEEDS to be on this list. @killerhiphop

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  39. Alexdarealist on October 6th, 2011 7:16 am

    1Nate dogg
    2R kelly
    3Akon
    4T-pain,Drake
    Tell me if im wrong @killerhiphop wonder why did’nt 50, pharrell N john legend did’nt make the list

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  40. WSHH on October 6th, 2011 8:19 am

    Nate & Drake

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  41. tonic on October 6th, 2011 8:47 am

    Rosco Dash has been pretty good at the hooks too

    His own ” All the way turnt up”
    Big Sean- Marvin & Chardonnay”
    Waka Flocka- No Hands
    Dj Drama- Oh My
    Tony Yayo -Haters

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  42. taylor gang!Rws! on October 6th, 2011 8:58 am

    where is Roscoe Dash?

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    Alexdarealist Reply:

    @taylor gang!Rws!,
    Yeah he is gud i.e “No hands” by waka flocka flame

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  43. Jairtheshadow on October 6th, 2011 9:51 am

    What About Kid Cudi?

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  44. verbst on October 6th, 2011 10:07 am

    Nate Dogg for sure!
    There can be no denying this one! :)

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  45. Areeb Shahjahan on October 6th, 2011 10:08 am

    No matter what decade, what generation, NATE DOGG hands down. You feel his soul, his heart, his passion, on everything he sings (G-Funk: like Regulate and Nobody Does It Better). And on the upbeat ‘gangsta’ songs, he’s the one who makes the song so hard and G. (like Never Enough, Lay Low).

    Drake got a pretty good voice, and you can feel him often too. Same with Akon and T-Pain’s beautiful harmonies on the autotune. R-Kelly comes the closest because on his older songs you really felt the passion a great deal (eg. World’s Greatest). But overall, Nate Dogg is the better, he gives every type of song that extra push to make it fantastic.

    RIP Nate, RIP G-Funk

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  46. Lil Weezy :D :D on October 6th, 2011 10:49 am

    Drake is the king of Hook

    It’s DRAKE or AKON

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  47. illadelph_meekmill on October 6th, 2011 11:13 am

    i mean some of drakes best hooks are on his own songs.. in all honesty drake has the most anticipated album of the yr (carter 4 happened and it was slightly above average) if you didnt listen to light up jay already said drake was the next best “drake, heres how they gon come at you”

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  48. alex_and_her on October 6th, 2011 11:22 am

    I think we should be lookin’ for a hook queen and not a king!! So mine goes to ===> skylar grey..

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  49. Kilphreak on October 6th, 2011 11:26 am

    trey songz. but NATE DOGG hands down.

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  50. Jon on October 6th, 2011 11:57 am

    Akon Drake

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  51. Bakermayne on October 6th, 2011 12:01 pm

    No disrespect but I don’t think as many ppl would choose Nate if it wasn’t for his passing. And I think u should at least consider kayne,b.o.b,Trey songz as honorable mentions

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  52. Bakermayne on October 6th, 2011 12:05 pm

    But cudi and Roscoe I don’t see maybe cudi but Roscoe was only on the hook shit for bout 4 months then he fell off

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  53. Clutch_333 on October 6th, 2011 12:27 pm

    Roscoe Dash might be the king of the hook as his career progresses

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  54. City on October 6th, 2011 1:18 pm

    Max B

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  55. Jean Pierre on October 6th, 2011 1:41 pm

    Drake has progressed to be one of the biggest hook legends, however, Nate Dogg will always be the king of hooks in my opinion.

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  56. Bebo Gritly on October 6th, 2011 3:32 pm

    Its Drake no doubt even though Nate n Akon r also too good but Drake definatley

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  57. E.J. on October 6th, 2011 3:43 pm

    Roscoe Dash

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  58. Sky on October 6th, 2011 3:53 pm

    Tech N9ne’s right hand man Krizz Kaliko is the best when it comes to hooks(Next to Nate Dogg of course R.I.P)

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  59. SavIIem on October 6th, 2011 4:32 pm

    Pharrel not on the list? WTF?

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  60. Jay Reeferson on October 6th, 2011 4:46 pm

    Hah! Roscoe deserves to be on the list even though Aubrey takes the title. Kellz????? Nah I don’t know bout him being on the list.

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  61. ohhshit on October 6th, 2011 4:58 pm

    NATE DOGG FOR SUUURE!

    but i think Frank Ocean does nice hooks to, nobody uses lyrics like Frank Ocean on the hooks haha

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  62. prince k on October 6th, 2011 5:28 pm

    i love T pain even though he outotunes his voice but dreezy is definately d best cos nate dog is in haven….

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  63. tee on October 6th, 2011 5:29 pm

    I can’t speak for the past but as of right now…you could say roscoe dash, drake, wiz khalifa, stuey rock, (if u dont know em look em up), k-camp ( look em up),

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  64. tee on October 6th, 2011 5:30 pm

    and chris brown anything he jumps on right now is gonna be a hit.

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  65. Idreezy on October 6th, 2011 6:12 pm

    Nate Dogg remains king in my ears…T-pain 2008-2010 & Drake came after (imo)

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  66. da kid on October 6th, 2011 6:57 pm

    Without a doubt nate dogg. Not even a debate

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  67. EKBT on October 6th, 2011 7:55 pm

    Nate Dogg is the Hook King.. But at the moment Big Sean has great hooks too!

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  68. chris on October 6th, 2011 7:59 pm

    you forgot about the best in the game kid cudi u put him on a hook an its a hit

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  69. Chi Simpson!!! on October 6th, 2011 8:27 pm

    Nate dogg for sure is the king of all hook! But hes gone in a better place, so for now….

    “AND WE GON BE ALRIGHT IF WE PUT DRAKE ON EVERY HOOK…” – WEEZY

    …SO I HAVE TO GIVE THE TITLE TO DRIZZY DRAKE A.K.A “ON RECORDS IM CAPTAIN HOOK…”

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  70. shady24/7 on October 6th, 2011 9:13 pm

    definitely nate dogg

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  71. Wanky on October 6th, 2011 9:20 pm

    Nate Dogg no contest

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  72. Ramiro on October 6th, 2011 10:44 pm

    Where’s KiD Cudi?

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  73. matty boi on October 6th, 2011 11:04 pm

    ummm trey songz and nate dogg…defenitly nate dogg he should win death or not

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  74. Jon on October 7th, 2011 5:05 am

    and we gon’ be alright if we put drake on every hook! Nate dog aint my time i can’t judge but Drake and roscoe get the charts moving. t-pain was it back in 06-08

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  75. julian on October 7th, 2011 5:19 am

    drake

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  76. Repeat on October 7th, 2011 11:31 am

    Krizz Kaliko or Frank Ocean

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  77. damian on October 7th, 2011 1:34 pm

    drake

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  78. URBA on October 7th, 2011 10:34 pm

    i think NE-YO IS DA BEST

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  79. J.O on October 10th, 2011 2:41 am

    The king of hooks goes:

    1, T-Pain
    2, Roscoe Dash
    3, Max B

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  80. Killing_Em on November 6th, 2011 5:59 am

    Bruno Mars bout too be on every hook now too. Look out for him.

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