<p>Before he hit puberty and dropped the &#34;lil&#34; from his moniker, Bow Wow once thanked his fans on this Cars-sampling track from 2000&#39;s <em>Beware of Dog</em>. Laugh now if you want, but &#34;Thank You&#34; somehow managed to reach No. 1 on the Hot Rap/R&amp;B Charts.</p><p>Some thank their fans. Some thank their family. Others thank their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. That&#39;s cool and all, but Z-Ro moves to the beat of his own drummer and sometimes that drummer is playing the trombone on tenor. Take the sarcastic &#34;Thank You,&#34; for instance. Here, Ro thanks his critics for always keeping him on his toes. &#34;I really like to thank you, even though I&#39;m not on TV, I&#39;m just another CD,&#34; he rhymes. You gotta love this guy.</p>Blood Type&#39;s &#34;Thanksgiving&#34; is not just a song about gratitude, it&#39;s also a posse cut done right. Everyone brings their A-game, especially Kendrick Lamar with the song&#39;s best guest turn (&#34;My shine is bright enough to make a dead flower bloom in a room full of curtains&#34;). The hook is less than memorable but that&#39;s a minor blotch that evaporates in the midst of ice cold verses.You&#39;ve probably never heard of Malcolm &amp; Martin, so here&#39;s a brief bio: Malcolm &amp; Martin is actually a trio comprised of DJ Revolution, Styliztik Jones and KB Imean. Inspired by the icons who fought for the ordinary men, the group adopted the moniker Malcolm &amp; Martin. On &#34;Thank God,&#34; a song from their debut <em>Life Doesn&#39;t Frighten Me</em>, they salute those icons and many others across the spectrum of arts, entertainment and just life in general. They even thank <em>you</em>, and you&#39;ve never heard of them.<p>Jay-Z opened <a href="https://www.thoughtco.com/jay-z-discography-2857408" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="internalLink" data-ordinal="1"><em>Blueprint III</em></a> with an attitude of gratitude. &#34;Thank you, thank you, thank you, please hold your applause,&#34; he proclaimed before acknowledging that he does, in fact, deserve a standing ovation.</p>&#34;Wow, I need a moment y&#39;all. Almost fell a tear drop.&#34; Nas raps on one of his most reflective songs ever. Thanksgiving is a time of reflection. Nas, as you know, shines best when he lets his deepest thoughts fly. Each verse is an ode to a different era or facet of history--at least the ones that hold personal meaning to Esco. Chrisette Michele&#39;s sweet melody is just cherry on top.<p>You don&#39;t need a thousand words to show appreciation. Hell, you don&#39;t even need words. DOOM is a sophisticated man and sometimes a simple thing like gratitude can be difficult to articulate for a man of his sophistication. So he does it the way I expect DOOM to do everything: let the music do the talking. The masked villain thanks his legions of disciples on this 75-second instrumental from <em>Born Like This.</em> By excluding actual rhymes, he ensures that no one gets left out. Everybody wins. Genius.</p><p>X to the Z offers a heartfelt ode to his son and late friend Proof on this standout cut from . But above all, he thanks his fans for &#34;being around/ And patiently waiting and holding me down.&#34;</p>Danny Brown&#39;s Detroit childhood has inspired a large dose of the gloomy narratives in his music. Over the years, Brown has made it a point to remind us that it&#39;s still hard out there in the streets of Linwood. &#34;Thank God for a bridge card,&#34; he says on his way to a shopping spree. Still, he finds a way to acknowledge the little things, like salty wings and hood BBQs.&#34;Now that you&#39;re gone it hit us super hard on Thanksgiving and Christmas,&#34; Kanye raps while reminiscing about loved ones on the poignant &#34;Family Business.&#34; This one has all the ingredients of a classic family gathering: good food, awkward photo ops, impromptu dancing and even a bit of family tension. And when things go sour, as they&#39;re bound to once in a while, West offers this golden advice: &#34;Act like everything is fine, and if it isn&#39;t we ain&#39;t lettin&#39; anybody in our family business.&#34; Man, I miss this guy.