The 100 Greatest Hip-Hop / Rap Songs Of All Time (100-81)Oct 4, 2009 (Updated Oct 12, 2009) Write an essay on this topic.
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And so begins my Top 100 Greatest Rap and Hip Hop Songs Of All Time list. Again - this was incredibly difficult to put together and I had to take out a lot of songs that I truly love, but aren't the 100 best. Since I AM the authority on the subject - you know I'm real.
And so... let's begin...
100. Boogie Down Productions - The Bridge is Over - One of the most legendary hip hop cuts ever made. KRS-One and Scott La Rock took down Queensbridge's Juice Crew with this; one of the earlier battle records.
99. Slick Rick - Children's Story - This 1988 song is a classic in every sense of the word. One of the first storytelling tracks in the history of the game, it revolutionized and inspired a whole cadre of emcees to come. Legendary in every sense of the word.
98. Ras Kass - Nature of the Threat - To deny Ras Kass' anger filled (if historically incorrect) epic 8 minute rant on racism and the re-writing of history isn't one of the best hip-hop songs of all time is foolish. Ras Kass lashes out in one of the most controversial socio-political songs ever recorded off the out of print Soul On Ice
97. Fabolous - So Into You - I know a lot of you mouth breathing backpackers wonder how the hell a Fabolous song made the list. Well, this is good enough to make the list, so go back to rubbing dongs with your daddy. This song is perfect - everything comes together and I bump it on the reg. I prefer the Amerie version to the Ashanti, by the way.
96. Mos Def - Hip Hop - One of the hottest beats over one of the hottest emcees ever; one of the many reasons Black on Both Sides is a certified classic. Diamond D's masterful production and Mos Def's volcanic flow meld together like stripes on a zebra (awful simile, I know).
95. Big Punisher - It's So Hard - Arguably the best song of Pun's career and also wound up being his first posthumous single. Smooth R&B melded with Pun's victorious and confident flow make it stand out. Besides that, the song features one of the most memorable, heart-warming music videos ever and probably has the record for the most rap cameos ever.
94. The Fugees - Ready Or Not - Lauryn Hill, Wyclef, and that other guy (haha kidding) put together a song that is STILL getting play to this day. Forget about that lame embarrassment of a cover that Mario Winans crapped out of his rear end - THIS is where it is at.
93. Common - G.O.D. (Gaining One’s Definition) f/ Cee-Lo - One of Common Sense's best songs ever from his classic One Day It'll All Make Sense. The soft and sombre piano logo is beautiful and the introspective lyricism is what made Common such a legend, until recently when he's crapped on his legacy.
92. Geto Boys - Mind Playin Tricks On Me - "I sit alone in my four cornered room starin at candles" is the immortal opening lines of this classic. The Geto Boys entry into the Top 100 is a classic and probably their most infamous song - with good reason. It stands as their best.
91. Deltron 3030 - 3030 - A widely slept on album/song, Deltron has always been one of hip hop's unsung heroes. One of the most atmospheric, futuristic songs ever released. It honestly sounds like nothing on this entire list.
90. 50 Cent - A Baltimore Love Thing - "She loves me she loves me not, she loves me not". 50 Cent's best song ever off The Massacre, with Curtis doing the metaphor of a love affair gone wrong - with drugs. Some of the best songwriting of 50's career.
89. Chamillionaire - Ridin Dirty - The first of two classics from The Sound of Revenge, which was probably the last truly classic album I remember hearing. This was one of the biggest songs not just in rap, but in POP music and is responsible for Cham being as wealthy as he is.
88. Royce Da 5'9 - Boom - Arguably DJ Premier's best composition, Royce Da 5'9 murks the track. The opening bars are among the hottest in rap history: "I'm the verbal spit Smith Wessum / I unload with sick spit the quick wit could split a split-second".
87. House of Pain - Jump Around - Muggs' legendary production and Everlast post-Ice-T/pre-Em beef, at the height of his popularity. This is still one of the biggest dance cuts ever and winds up on almost every "greatest rap" compilation known to man.
86. O.C. - Time's Up - One of the most dangerous songs ever made, and this was in 1994 when everything coming out was heat. The bass-heavy thump of the song and a sharp and untouchable O.C. lashing out against sell-outs and telling us WHY he rhymes. The best song of O.C.'s career and a certified rap classic.
85. DMX - Stop Bein Greedy - Few albums can really tough the raw, uncut emotion found on DMX's debut It's Dark... And Hell Is Hot and this song exemplified it everything that is raw.
84. Jeru the Damaja - Come Clean - DJ Premier returns again with the grimiest production he's ever done and a career performance from Jeru the Damaja. He was never the most complex wordsmith, but on this song, Jeru's presence and charisma blends with the Primo beat like salt water.
83. Rakim - When I Be on the Mic - DJ Premier yet again. The one true classic from Rakim's The Master, featuring dangerous keys and scratching and Rakim's impeccable flow and multi-syllable rhyme scheme.
82. Kanye West - Spaceship - In my humble opinion, the best song on Kanye's debut album College Dropout. Kanye's rhymes about wanting to just quit your job and live a life a freedom is something everybody can relate to, whether you're a 9-5er, or somebody who works the grave shift as Kanye stated.
81. Boogie Down Productions - South Bronx - BDP rounds out the first 20 songs of the top 100 with the song that not only took down an entire bourough, but put the South Bronx back on the map more than any time since the onset of Kool DJ Herc in the 70s. I have struggled as to where to put this on the list because while I do feel it's dated - I can still bump it today and it gives me a nice nostalgic feeling. Plus, we haven't seen the last of KRS one on the Top 100 list.
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