2018 ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards

Urban music’s biggest names gathered to honor their own at the 2018 ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards, held on June 21 in Beverly Hills.

Atlanta’s urban music contingent had an incredible showing: R&B group XSCAPE earned the ASCAP Golden Note Award, while Atlanta’s hip-hop trailblazers Migos took the ASCAP Vanguard Award; rappers Gucci Mane and Quavo, both repping the 404, tied for Songwriter of the Year. Warner/Chappell was named Publisher of the Year for publishing 25 of last year’s biggest tracks.


In addition to the main honorees, a huge range of music superstars accepted awards for writing last year’s biggest R&B/hip-hop, rap and gospel songs - from chart-topping rappers (2 Chainz, Meek Mill), to beloved singer-songwriters (Sevyn Streeter, Anthony Brown), to hit producers (Mike Will Made-It, Hitmaka), even all-time legends like Ernie Isley of the Isley Brothers. 

The electricity was palpable the whole night with a series of high-energy performances. JJ Hairston gave a searing performance of ASCAP’s top gospel song of the year “You Deserve It.” YBN Nahmir showed why he’s touted as one of hip-hop’s brightest up-and-comers, bouncing around the stage on his hit “Rubbin off the Paint.” 

But ultimately, it was XSCAPE that owned the night. After an intro from Jermaine Dupri (fresh from his induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame), the quartet of Kandi Burruss, Tameka Harris, LaTocha Scott and Tamika Scott brought the audience to its feet as they harmonized over a trio of classic jams: "Who Can I Run To," "Understanding" and "Just Kickin' It." DJ Don Cannon kept the grooves going into the wee hours, as we closed the book on another unforgettable ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards.

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R&B/HIP-HOP SONGS

TOP R&B/HIP-HOP SONG

That's What I Like by Bruno Mars

Writers
Christopher "Brody" Brown
James Fauntleroy
Jeremy Reeves
Ray Charles McCullough II

Publishers
Fauntleroy Music
Late 80's Music
Ra Charm Music
Sumphu
Thou Art the Hunger
Underdog West Songs
Universal Music Publishing
Warner/Chappell Music Inc.
Westside Publishing

AWARD-WINNING R&B/HIP-HOP SONGS

24k Magic by Bruno Mars

Writer
Christopher "Brody" Brown

Publishers
Late 80's Music
Thou Art the Hunger
Warner/Chappell Music Inc.
Westside Publishing

Bad and Boujee by Migos Featuring Lil Uzi Vert

Writers
Kiari "Offset" Cephus
Kirsnick "Takeoff" Ball
Lil Uzi Vert
Quavious "Quavo" Marshall

Publishers
Ascapuzi
Huncho YRN Music
Quality Control QC Pro
Reservoir Media Music
Silent Assassin YRN
Universal Music Publishing
Warner/Chappell Music Inc.
YRN Piped Up Ent

Bank Account by 21 Savage

Writers
Coleridge T. Perkinson
Shayaa "21 Savage" Bin-Abraham Joseph

Publishers
Sony/ATV Tunes LLC
Waters Bridge Publishing

Before I Do by Sevyn Streeter

Writers
Amber “Sevyn” Streeter
Christopher H. Jasper
Ernest Isley
Felisha “Fury” King
Jeremy Reeves
Marvin Isley
O'kelly Isley
Ray Charles McCullough II
Ronald Isley
Rudolph Isley

Publishers
Am Bee Street Publishing
Bovina Music Inc
Ra Charm Music
Sony/ATV Tunes LLC
Sumphu
Universal Music Publishing
Warner/Chappell Music Inc.

Black Beatles by Rae Sremmurd Featuring Gucci Mane

Writers
Gucci Mane
Mike Will Made-It

Publishers
Radric Davis Publishing LLC
Sounds from Eardrummers
Warner/Chappell Music Inc.

Bodak Yellow (Money Moves) by Cardi B

Writers
Cardi B
Klenord “Shaft” Raphael

Publishers
Shaftizm
Sony/ATV Tunes LLC
Warner/Chappell Music Inc.
Washpoppin Inc

Both by Gucci Mane Featuring Drake

Writer
Gucci Mane

Publishers
Radric Davis Publishing LLC
Warner/Chappell Music Inc.

Bounce Back by Big Sean

Writers
Amaire Johnson
Big Sean
Christian “Hitmaka” Ward
Jeremih

Publishers
Amaire Johnson
Artist Publishing Group West
It Takes One Publishing LLC
My Last Publishing
My Lord Prophet Music
Ohaji Publishing
Universal Music Publishing
Warner/Chappell Music Inc

Caroline by Aminé

Writer
Adam Aminé Daniel

Publishers
Club Banana Publishing
Universal Music Publishing

Come and See Me by PARTYNEXTDOOR Featuring Drake

Writers
Jahron "PARTYNEXTDOOR" Brathwaite (SOCAN)
Noah “40” Shebib (SOCAN)

Publishers
Roncesvalles Music Publishing
Warner/Chappell Music Inc.

Crew by Goldlink Featuring Brent Faiyaz & Shy Glizzy

Writers
D’anthony “Goldlink” Carlos
Shy Glizzy

Publishers
American Songs Alpha
Glizzy Gang Publishing
Squaaash Club
These Are Songs of Pulse
Warner/Chappell Music Inc.

Déjà Vu by J. Cole

Writers
Anderson "Vinylz" Hernandez
Javalyn Hall-Johnson
Matthew “Boi-1da” Samuels
Michael O. Johnson Jr.

Publishers
1damentional Publishing
Horrible! Songs
Sony/ATV Tunes LLC
Vinylz Music Group

Everyday We Lit by YFN Lucci Featuring PnB Rock

Writer
PnB Rock

Publisher
Warner/Chappell Music Inc.

Fake Love by Drake

Writers
Adam Feeney PKA Frank Dukes (SOCAN)
Anderson "Vinylz" Hernandez
Brittany "Starrah" Hazzard

Publishers
Nyan King Music, Inc.
People Over Planes
Shay Noelle Publishing
Sony/ATV Tunes LLC
These Are Songs of Pulse
Vinylz Music Group

Good Drank by 2 Chainz X Gucci Mane X Quavo

Writers
Gucci Mane
Quavious "Quavo" Marshall
Tauheed "2 Chainz" Epps

Publishers
Huncho YRN Music
Quality Control QC Pro
Radric Davis Publishing LLC
Reservoir Media Music
Ty Epps Music
Universal Music Publishing
Warner/Chappell Music Inc.

goosebumps by Travis Scott

Writers
Kendrick Lamar
Ronald N. Latour

Publishers
Cardo on the Beat
Hard Working Black Folks Inc
Top Dawg Music
Warner/Chappell Music Inc.
Universal Music Publishing

HUMBLE. by Kendrick Lamar

Writers
Kendrick Lamar
Mike Will Made-It

Publishers
Hard Working Black Folks Inc
Sounds from Eardrummers
Top Dawg Music
Warner/Chappell Music Inc.

I'm Blessed by Charlie Wilson Featuring T.I.

Writers
Carlos Battey
Emile Ghantous
Mahin Wilson
Tip Harris

Publishers
Deyjah's Daddy Muzik
Jackie Boy Inc.
Mamas Pebbly Publishing
Music Since a Kid Publishing

I'm The One by DJ Khaled Featuring Justin Bieber,Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne

Writers
Jason "Poo Bear" Boyd
Justin Bieber
Quavious "Quavo" Marshall

Publishers
Bieber Time Publishing
Hitco South
Huncho YRN Music
Poo B Z Publishing Inc
Quality Control QC Pro
Universal Music Publishing

It's A Vibe by 2 Chainz Featuring Ty Dolla $Ign, Trey Songz & Jhené Aiko

Writers
Shane Lee Lindstrom (SOCAN)
Tauheed "2 Chainz" Epps

Publishers
Reservoir Media Music
Ty Epps Music
Warner/Chappell Music Inc.

Location by Khalid

Writer
Chris McClenney

Publishers
Chris McClenney Publishing
Sony/ATV Tunes LLC
Warner/Chappell Music Inc.

Love Galore by SZA Featuring Travis Scott

Publisher
Warner/Chappell Music Inc.

LOYALTY. by Kendrick Lamar Featuring Rihanna

Writers
Christopher "Brody" Brown
Kendrick Lamar
Mark "Sounwave" Spears
Terrace Martin

Publishers
Beat Bully Productions
Hard Working Black Folks Inc
Late 80's Music
Music Of Windswept
Rosemac Music
Sony/ATV Tunes LLC
Thou Art the Hunger
Top Dawg Music
Warner/Chappell Music Inc.

Luv by Tory Lanez

Writers
Mark "Tanto Metro" Wolfe (PRS)
Steven "Lenky" Marsden (PRS)
Wayne "Devonte" Passley (PRS)

Publishers
Songs of Greensleeves
Universal Music Publishing

Mask Off by Future

Writer
William "DJ Esco" Moore

Publishers
56 Nights Publishing
These Are Songs of Pulse

Needed Me by Rihanna

Writers
Adam Feeney PKA Frank Dukes (SOCAN)
Brittany "Starrah" Hazzard
Derrus Rachel
Prince Charlez

Publishers
Almo Music Corporation
BMG Gold Songs
Nyan King Music, Inc.
People Over Planes
Seven Corners
Shay Noelle Publishing
Sony/ATV Tunes LLC
These Are Songs of Pulse

No Problem by Chance the Rapper Featuring Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz

Writers
Conor Rayne
Jaime Woods
Peter I. Wilkins
Rachel Cato
Tauheed "2 Chainz" Epps

Publishers
Lifespeak
Real Cottontale Music
Reservoir Media Music
Stellar Sun Songs
Ty Epps Music

Ooouuu by Young M.A.

Writer
Matt "U-Dub" Jacobson

Publisher
NY Bangers

OTW by DJ Luke Nasty

Writers
Carl Leonard Wheeler Jr.
D'wayne Wiggins
Leterrance “DJ Luke Nasty” Davis

Publishers
Hamdullah Music Publishing
Tony Toni Tone Music Publishing
Universal Music Publishing

Party by Chris Brown Featuring Usher & Gucci Mane

Writers
Christian “Hitmaka” Ward
Gucci Mane
Usher

Publishers
Artists Publishing Group West
Mele Ray Moore Ent
My Lord Prophet Music
Radric Davis Publishing LLC
Sicario
Sony/ATV Tunes LLC
Spirit Two Music Inc
UR-IV
Warner/Chappell Music Inc.

Privacy by Chris Brown

Writer
d.a. doman

Publisher
David's Art

Rake It Up by Yo Gotti Featuring Nicki Minaj

Writers
Mike Will Made-It
Yo Gotti

Publisher
Sounds from Eardrummers

Sex with Me by Rihanna

Writers
Adam Feeney PKA Frank Dukes (SOCAN)
Anderson "Vinylz" Hernandez
Chester Hansen (SOCAN)
Jahron "PARTYNEXTDOOR" Brathwaite (SOCAN)
Matthew “Boi-1da” Samuels

Publishers
1damentional Publishing
Nyan King Music, Inc.
Shay Noelle Publishing
Sony/ATV Tunes LLC
Third Side America
Vinylz Music Group
Warner/Chappell Music Inc.

Shining by DJ Khaled Featuring Beyoncé & Jay-Z

Writers
Beyoncé
Burt Bacharach
Hal David
Ingrid N. Burley
Jahron "PARTYNEXTDOOR" Brathwaite (SOCAN)
Jay-Z

Publishers
BMG Gold Songs
Carter Boys Music
Love Vivian Music
New Hidden Valley Music Co
Oakland 13 Music
Songs of Fujimusic
Sony/ATV Tunes LLC
Warner/Chappell Music Inc.

Slippery by Migos Featuring Gucci Mane

Writers
Gucci Mane
Joshua “OG” Parker
Kiari "Offset" Cephus
Kirsnick "Takeoff" Ball
Quavious "Quavo" Marshall

Publishers
Huncho YRN Music
OG Parker Productions
Quality Control QC Pro
Radric Davis Publishing LLC
Reservoir Media Music
SFQC Music
Silent Assassin YRN
These Are Songs of Pulse
Universal Music Publishing
Warner/Chappell Music Inc.
YRN Piped Up Ent

Spend It by Dae Dae

Writer
Marquavis "Dae Dae" Goolsby

Publishers
Antidote Music Group
Da Da Love Life Publishing
Playmaker Beatz

T-Shirt by Migos

Writers
Carlos Walker
Kiari "Offset" Cephus
Kirsnick "Takeoff" Ball
Quavious "Quavo" Marshall
Richard “K-Rab” Sims Jr.

Publishers
D4LXL Music
Huncho YRN Music
Quality Control QC Pro
Reservoir Media Music
Silent Assassin YRN
Tunecore Publishing
Universal Music Publishing
YRN Piped Up Ent

Thick of It by Mary J. Blige

Writers
Darhyl Camper Jr.
Jazmine M. Sullivan
John Kenneth Goodison (PRS)
Mary J. Blige
Phil Wainman (PRS)

Publishers
Campstar Music
Casablanca Media Songs
Jaz Lady Publishing
Mary J Blige Music
Sony/ATV Tunes LLC
Universal Music Publishing

U + Me (Love Lesson) by Mary J. Blige

Writers
Mary J. Blige
Prince Charlez

Publishers
Mary J Blige Music
Universal Music Publishing

Unforgettable by French Montana Featuring Swae Lee

Writers
Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye (SOCAN)
French Montana
Jaegen (SOCAN)
Jeremih

Publishers
Excuse My French Music Ii
Kobalt Songs Music Publishing
Ohaji Publishing
Sony/ATV Tunes LLC
Universal Music Publishing

Whatever You Need by Meek Mill Featuring Chris Brown & Ty Dolla $ign

Writers
Carl Leonard Wheeler Jr.
D'wayne Wiggins
Robert Williams

Publishers
Forever Rich
Tony Toni Tone Music Publishing
Universal Music Publishing
Warner/Chappell Music Inc.

Wild Thoughts by DJ Khaled Featuring Rihanna & Bryson Tiller

Writers
David "Sincere" McRae
Jahron "PARTYNEXTDOOR" Brathwaite (SOCAN)
Marvin Moore Hough
Wyclef Jean

Publishers
Ghetto and Blues
Hempstead Live
Huss Zwingli Publishing Inc
Sony/ATV Tunes LLC
Warner/Chappell Music Inc.

X by 21 Savage & Metro Boomin Featuring Future

Writer
Shayaa "21 Savage" Bin-Abraham Joseph

Publisher
Slaughter Gang

XO Tour Llif3 by Lil Uzi Vert

Writer
Lil Uzi Vert

Publishers
Ascapuzi
Warner/Chappell Music Inc.

RAP SONGS

TOP RAP SONG

HUMBLE. by Kendrick Lamar

Writers
Kendrick Lamar
Mike Will Made-It

Publishers
Hard Working Black Folks Inc
Sounds from Eardrummers
Top Dawg Music
Warner/Chappell Music Inc.

AWARD-WINNING RAP SONGS

Bad and Boujee by Migos Featuring Lil Uzi Vert

Writers
Kiari "Offset" Cephus
Kirsnick "Takeoff" Ball
Lil Uzi Vert
Quavious "Quavo" Marshall

Publishers
Ascapuzi
Huncho YRN Music
Quality Control QC Pro
Reservoir Media Music
Silent Assassin YRN
Universal Music Publishing
Warner/Chappell Music Inc.
YRN Piped Up Ent

Black Beatles by Rae Sremmurd Featuring Gucci Mane

Writers
Gucci Mane
Mike Will Made-It

Publishers
Radric Davis Publishing LLC
Sounds from Eardrummers
Warner/Chappell Music Inc.

Bodak Yellow (Money Moves) by Cardi B

Writers
Cardi B
Klenord “Shaft” Raphael

Publishers
Shaftizm
Sony/ATV Tunes LLC
Warner/Chappell Music Inc.
Washpoppin Inc

Both by Gucci Mane Featuring Drake

Writer
Gucci Mane

Publishers
Radric Davis Publishing LLC
Warner/Chappell Music Inc.

Bounce Back by Big Sean

Writers
Amaire Johnson
Big Sean
Christian “Hitmaka” Ward
Jeremih

Publishers
Amaire Johnson
Artist Publishing Group West
It Takes One Publishing LLC
My Last Publishing
My Lord Prophet Music
Ohaji Publishing
Universal Music Publishing
Warner/Chappell Music Inc

Caroline by Aminé

Writer
Adam Aminé Daniel

Publishers
Club Banana Publishing
Universal Music Publishing

Fake Love by Drake

Writers
Adam Feeney PKA Frank Dukes (SOCAN)
Anderson "Vinylz" Hernandez
Brittany "Starrah" Hazzard

Publishers
Nyan King Music, Inc.
People Over Planes
Shay Noelle Publishing
Sony/ATV Tunes LLC
These Are Songs of Pulse
Vinylz Music Group

goosebumps by Travis Scott

Writers
Kendrick Lamar
Ronald N. Latour

Publishers
Cardo on The Beat
Hard Working Black Folks Inc
Top Dawg Music
Warner/Chappell Music Inc.
Universal Music Publishing

LOYALTY. by Kendrick Lamar Featuring Rihanna

Writers
Christopher "Brody" Brown
Kendrick Lamar
Mark "Sounwave" Spears
Terrace Martin

Publishers
Beat Bully Productions
Hard Working Black Folks Inc
Late 80's Music
Music of Windswept
Rosemac Music
Sony/ATV Tunes LLC
Thou Art the Hunger
Top Dawg Music
Warner/Chappell Music Inc.

Mask Off by Future

Writer
William "DJ Esco" Moore

Publishers
56 Nights Publishing
These Are Songs of Pulse

Rake It Up by Yo Gotti Featuring Nicki Minaj

Writers
Mike Will Made-It
Yo Gotti

Publisher
Sounds from Eardrummers

T-Shirt by Migos

Writers
Carlos Walker
Kiari "Offset" Cephus
Kirsnick "Takeoff" Ball
Quavious "Quavo" Marshall
Richard “K-Rab” Sims Jr.

Publishers
D4LXL Music
Huncho YRN Music
Quality Control QC Pro
Reservoir Media Music
Silent Assassin YRN
Tunecore Publishing
Universal Music Publishing
YRN Piped Up Ent

Unforgettable by French Montana Featuring Swae Lee

Writers
Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye (SOCAN)
French Montana
Jaegen (SOCAN)
Jeremih

Publishers
Excuse My French Music Ii
Kobalt Songs Music Publishing
Ohaji Publishing
Sony/ATV Tunes LLC
Universal Music Publishing

XO Tour Llif3 by Lil Uzi Vert

Writer
Lil Uzi Vert

Publishers
Ascapuzi
Warner/Chappell Music Inc.

GOSPEL SONGS

TOP GOSPEL SONG

You Deserve It by JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise

Writers
Cortez Vaughn
JJ Hairston

Publishers
Vaujoh Records
Yellow Boy Music

Award-Winning Gospel Songs

God's Grace by Reverend Luther Barnes &The Restoration Worship Center Choir

Writer
Derrick L. Adams

Publishers
DAJ Publishing
Smada Publishing

I Got Out by Bryan Popin

Writers
Bryan Popin
Susan Popin

Publisher
Little Boy Wonder Music

Joy by Vashawn Mitchell

Writer
Pat Barrett

Publishers
Capitol CMG Genesis
Housefires Sounds

Never Have to Be Alone by Cece Winans

Writer
Dwan Hill

Publisher
Big Buddy Music

Pray & Don't Worry by G.I.

Writer
Lamonte Harris

Publishers
BGA Timeless Songs
Montsoul Publishing
RJ3 Publishing

Trust in You by Anthony Brown & Group Therapy

Writer
Anthony Brown

Publishers
Key of A Music Publishing
Tyscot Music

Work It Out by Tye Tribbett

Writers
Jevon L Hill
Tye Tribbett

Publishers
Almo Music Corporation
Duvall Traxxx Music
Everything Fresh Entertainment