1. Kendrick Lamar on Control
I know, I know, this is too predictable. There is no other choice this year for the number one spot due to the sheer impact of the verse, that within hours set the social media universe ablaze with discussion. People who didn't listen to Hip Hop heard this verse, old Hip Hop heads that don't listen to new Hip Hop heard about Kendrick's Control verse. It ignited the culture, and garnered countless responses.
Well isn't it obvious? It was a clear play for the crown, that intangible, elusive and immeasurable thing that we can't see but can all feel. Every generation of Hip Hop has had a king except for this one. Not until this verse did one of the leaders of this generations new school make a play for the crown.
At the moment when he did it, the competition was not there to answer, and just like that Kendrick rose to a whole new level, grabbing the crown and becoming the man of the year.
This is the power of one verse, it can change your life, and it has upped Kendrick's profile beyond measure and the anticipation for his sophomore album is higher than ever.