Quality lyricism is crucial to hip-hop artistry, but a song's primary objective is to grab and keep the interest of listeners. The hook is quite often the songwriter's greatest weapon in sustaining that kind of' attention. If it resonates, you have a hit. If it doesn't, you're in trouble, and no amount of lyrical miracles can save a well-meaning song from an unbearable hook.

Last week we ran through twenty rap songs whose horrible raps were saved by great hooks. This time around we're listing potentially great songs that were ruined by awful hooks. It's a list of hip-hop greats who went out on a limb and failed, talented lyricists who can't translate that prowess into writing engaging songs, mad scientist types who tried one experiment too many, new artists chasing pop accessibility to ruin, and veterans mainstream artists failing at grasping the illusive cool.

These are 20 Good Rap Songs Ruined by Bad Hooks.

Written by Craig Jenkins (@CraigSJ)

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