The 90s were without a doubt, the golden age of rap. A legendary tune — and one that made a hip-hop hopeful one of the most respected rappers in the world. The first ladies of s hip-hop, New York trio Salt, Pepa and DJ Spinderella broke down barriers with their effortlessly fresh tunes and ballsy attitude. With Snoop Dogg on board, this seamlessly funky four minutes set the bar for the next twenty years. Somehow though, in his hit single, Jay managed to make stage brats sound cool, going platinum in the process. This former hardcore punk band showed a flash of their rowdy roots with this riff-heavy single. A Dr Dre production, it sees Snoop in his happy place: a debauched party full of weed, women and booze. It was this track that set up Snoop as one of the biggest characters in the game.
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The first national Miami bass hit came from Lady Tigra and Bunny D, teenagers with personality for days who met as dancers on a local TV show and had rhyme battles with boys in the high school lunchroom. In , it blew up into one of the unlikeliest Top 10 jams ever. With a vocal from Keys, the song took on an angelic power. An Afrocentric crew who rapped about not dating crackheads were hardly natural stars. But Brand Nubian were so good they made it seem like a sure thing. At the time, Bone Thugs had lost several loved ones, including Eazy E, who signed them in Over amped-up sax and marimba, A-Plus, Tajai, Opio and Phesto traded flicking, word-spilling vignettes with uncanny exuberance. Digital Underground mastermind Shock G wrote the bass line for this funky free-form party jam and invented a fictional fake-nosed character named Edward Ellington Humphrey III to perform it.
It's hard to keep track of the names of your favorite rap songs, so this essential hip hop playlist should come in handy. Whether you're looking for the hardest tracks, new and current songs hot on the charts right now, or lyrical hits, this list features a bunch of fire songs that will make anyone get lit. Vote up the best raps based on lyrics, the beat, catchy hooks, cool instrumentals, and everything else that goes into making a legendary hit. Do you agree with our top rap songs? How about the top 10? If not, add your favorites and get those votes in! More C.
Check it out right here. Click to read the full list of voters. It happened at p. The next night, I was prepared, with a prehistoric tape recorder in hand and a black-and-white composition notebook. My boy Aantar became my agent that week, scheduling performances of the song in exchange for snacks or hand-holding with girls in gym class. Hip-hop gives listeners sets of rules that you follow like the law, only to see them change every five years. The greatest hip-hop songs have the power to pull energy and excitement and anger and questions and self-doubt and raw emotion out of you. The common thread is change.