Social media is the home for some of the most savage commentary on the internet. But there are also some pure LOL moments—specifically folks' obsession with turning every standout moment in pop culture into an opportunity to make hilarious memes. No one is safe. Especially not rappers.
This year, we've been entertained by several waves of memes surrounding some of your favorite rhymers. From big names like Drake, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Childish Gambino, Cardi B, Diddy, Young Thug and Lil Durk, to artists who haven't had hits in years, the internet does not discriminate and will turn any damn thing into a laughing matter, regardless of whether its origin calls for a chuckle.
In the first half of 2018 alone, we've seen Jigga get clowned again for his inability to look cool while doing anything athletic, a touching moment in Drizzy's "God's Plan" video turned into comedy gold and an innocent photo of Durk and Thugger morphed into the meme that keeps on giving. Even Louisiana rapper Hurricane Chris made his way into the headlines via a hilarious meme campaign that came via a possible natural disaster.
The moral of the story is: Y'all play way too much and have zero trace amounts of chill. We've gotten all this meme gold in 2018, which will continue to deliver laughs into the new year. Check out some of the best hip-hop-related memes of the year below to get your laughs off and step up your "caption this photo" creativity.
Drake Has Everyone in Their Feelings
Drake’s Scorpion track, “In My Feelings,” not only sparked a viral dance challenge, it also brought about several funny memes relating to the song’s opening lines. Word to KeKe.
Jay-Z Riding on a Jet-Ski
Y’all refuse to let Hov be great when it comes to showing off feats of athleticism. Jigga recently became the butt of internet jokes after a photo surfaced of him awkwardly riding a jet-ski (and wearing a protective helmet). Anybody can get it.
Cardi was spotted at the 2018 Grammy Awards looking befuddled AF while conducting an interview on the red carpet. The internet made sure the moment will live on for as long as phones are smart and computers are 'puting.
Diddy’s tenure as a judge on the reality talent show The Four featured a hilarious moment in June when he gave the thumb’s down to a cocky contestant. Totally thrown off by his canning, the singer stared down the panel and Puff returned blank look with one of his own, which lead to some knee-slapping memes.
Lil Durk and Young Thug in the Studio
It was a simple photo of Lil Durk and Young Thug in the studio. But the internet continued its win streak by turning the pic of the rapper’s staring intently into the monitor into a running gag.
Hurricane Chris Is Coming
Hurricane Chris (of “A Bay Bay” fame) has been out of the limelight for a minute. But the internet made him a trending topic in July. Following the announcement that a potential hurricane named Chris might be forming off the East Coast, memes started flooding Twitter.
Kanye West Makes the W.W.W. Ponder #IfSlaveryWasAChoice
Kanye West’s outlandish statements about slavery during his infamous appearance on TMZ earlier this year was a serious topic. But leave it up to the internet to turn the incident into an undying joke.
One of Cardi B’s childhood photos launched a round of social media memes that even Bardi had to laugh at. The picture just shows the preteen Bronx native posing for the camera, but the savage internet pointed out how she had the look of a kid who would drop a dime at the drop of a hat.
Drake Leaves It Up to God
Drake's "God's Plan" video was one of the most touching visuals of they year. The savage internet repurposed one of the most emotional scenes as meme fodder that evoked real tears—tears of laughter.
Childish Gambino Proves This Is America
This is America. So of course, people turned scenes from Childish Gambino's striking "This Is America" video into a meme fest. Whether people wanted them to or not.
Cardi B Is in Her Own Zone
Cardi B was caught on camera vibing out extra hard at a basketball game as her "Bartier Carti" track played in the arena. The clip made easy fodder for those in the meme-making business.
Takeoff Looking Concerned From the Backseat
During the taping of Migos' hilarious appearance on the Carpool Karaoke segment of The Late Late Show With James Corden, the group's silent assassin Takeoff got meme'd. A screengrab of the group's youngest member peering out from the backseat with a seemingly anxious expression prompted meme MVPs to do what they do best.