By - LiefdeOverwintAlles
Triumph by Wu Tang
I agree that Wu Tang should be up here, but for me it should be C.R.E.A.M.
Lyrically still true.
Read Raekwons book recently and the section on cream is one of the coolest stories.
Basically, the song was done. They had one more day in the studio for Rza to put in the karate sounds and what have you. Rae was driving with his friend to go pick up (cause they weren’t rich yet and he was still hustling!) and he played him the track. When Rae asked what he thought, his friend said “It’s cool”. He immediately knew he didn’t like it and asked why. Friend basically said “it’s a cool story but it’s not real. Why would you make up a story when we’ve been through so much real shit?”
Rae went home and stayed up all night writing the New York Times side verse. When Inspectah Deck heard it he knew his original verse wouldn’t hold up so he started writing and came up with “it’s been 23 long hard years and still struggling”. When they had those two verses they knew the song was gonna be fire so they called in Meth and asked him if he had any hooks ready.
And boom! It turned into a whole new song and one of the greatest rap tunes ever.
Greatest opening verse in history!
Me and my brother still say "bomb atomically" on a weekly basis. That verse should be carved into a stone and taken to the top of a mountain.
I’m having a fun time scrolling through this thread and listening to all the songs I haven’t heard before or haven’t heard in a long ass time! Good post!
Totally, so who's down to make the Spotify playlist??
Someone please make a spotify playlist!
I was already on it for myself but I can share if people want it!
I’m sure others are as well.
edit: Yep, /u/-Alexunder- has one. Based on the fact that there are over 15400 comments as of writing this I'm sure it's incomplete, but it is seven hours and longer than mine so far!
Post it at r/imadeaplaylist.
“Mind Playin’ Tricks On Me” by The Geto Boys at least deserves a mention.
I SIT AROUND IN MY FOUR CORNER ROOM STARING AT CANDLES.
This shit is on?
Passin Me By -Pharcyde
There she goes again/the dopest Ethiopian
The World Is Yours, Nas
Literally anything off Illmatic tbh
Illmatic is the best rap album of all time.
Aquemini by Outkast
Hell yeah. ATLiens for me.
International Players Anthem - UGK and Outkast
It’s a celebration of southern hip hop at its height, and before Pimp C passed. Just an unreal song and video highlighting some of the genre’s greatest legends.
EVERY TIME WE HIT THE PARKING LOT WE TURN HEADS
THEM HOES WANNA CHOOSE BUT THEM BITCHES TOO SCARY, YA BITCH CHOSE ME YOU AIN'T A PIMP YOU A FAIRY
If you’ve never read Shea Serrano’s Rap Year Book I highly recommend it. Anyways he writes about this song and here was my favorite snippet
“‘International Players Anthem’ is just an amazingly constructed song…Andre 3000s verse, the way it lies in the grass at the beginning of the song, we have to get the original copy of the ‘The Last Supper’, rip it out of the frame, then replace it with this verse, because it’s real and true art. The two snare snaps that happen right before Pimp C’s verse, we have to take those two snare snaps and vote them to be President. The claps that happen during Bun B’s verse, we have to teach all the children that because that’s the new currency. Big Boi’s rubbery coo, put it in a time capsule because we’re not ready for anything that buttery and soothing. And then there’s the video that came with it.
Pimp C’s fur coat and hat…Andre’s kilt…the premarriage mini roast…Bishop Don Juan kissing a white woman…”
Pimp could ride a beat and it really hits harder when it does drop for him
The beat was produced by DJ Paul and Juicy J.
Originally for Project Pat's song ["I choose you"](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oI6j8sc6VWw)
which is also a great song.
I LOVE Project Pat, Juicy J and DJ Paul. Triple 6!!!
That's ACADEMY AWARD WINNING Three 6 Mafia, sir.
Then I CC'd every girl that I'd see see round town
“Hate to see y’all frowning but I’d rather see her smiling”
Wetness all around me, true, but I'm no island
The first dance at my friends wedding was the original sample by Willie Hutch. The DJ dropped the UGK version and everybody went crazy and stormed the dancefloor. It's my favourite wedding memory!
I'm so glad to see this up high. This is my all time favourite song!
I sat 2nd row for an Outkast show after Pimp C passed, Bun B came out as well and did both of their parts.
One of the best memories of my life.
EDIT: this got more love than I thought! [I dug through my photos and found this one of Andre 3000 sitting on stage. ](https://i.imgur.com/5O6cju6.jpg)
fun story (idk if its fact) i think bun b told the story. but pimp c HATED that 3k took the drums off the beat and did his verse that way. he was like tf this mf doing fuck him and outkast. bun was like nah nah pimp let it happen and when the drums come in on your verse itll be that much harder. and well...sweet jones.
When Kanye won the award for best video at the BET awards he gave it to UGK and Outkast.
GZA - 4th Chamber
IMHO Gza might have the best solo album out of the Wu. Liquid Swords is amazing.
He wasn't scared of the Shogun, but the Shogun was scared of him.
Love Shogun Assassin (Lone Wolf and Cub)
People said his brain was infected by devils.
I’m surprised that numerous of the top comments here were actually some of my favorites. This would be one of them.
Children’s Story - Slick Rick
Hey uncle Ricky, can you read us a bedtime story?
You and I we're gonna make some 𝓬𝓪𝓼𝓱
Robbing old folks and making a 𝓭𝓪𝓼𝓱
93 ‘Til Infinity - Souls of Mischief
For the longest time their "years active" on Wikipedia was listed 1991-infinity. Bummed that someone changed it
ALL CAPS - madvillain
edit: my dumbass forgot the caps
Just scrolled until I could find some DOOM. Don’t know exactly what I’d pick but my gut right now says Figaro.
I came here looking for at least one MF DOOM reply
Just remember ALL CAPS when you spell the man's name
Shook Ones part 2 by Mobb Deep
No such things as halfway crooks
A Tribe Called Quest - Can I Kick It
It’s the song that made my fiancée and I become friends in the first place
Yes ya can
The entire Low End Theory album is absolute FIRE.
>The entire Low End Theory album is absolute FIRE.
It’s one of a only a handful of hip hop albums selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Recording Registry for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".
The entire A Tribe Called Quest *discography* is fire. I’m not even a huge rap fan, I’m more of a metal head than anything else, but I still haven’t heard a track by them that isn’t great, or at least very good.
They Reminisce Over You - Pete Rock and CL Smooth
NY State of mind - Nas
Gin and juice. Laid back
The whole doggystyle album was a masterpiece of its time. I’m not certain that it would fly today, in any way at all.
Just the way it starts, as it means to go on
I’m sippin on tanqueray, with my mind in my money and my mouth on the ganjay
R A G to tha motha fuckin E
Back with my n**** S N double O P
Edited for typo*
Ambitionz az a ridah - 2pac
Man I had to scroll way too for Pac… Gotta be Life Goes On for me though
juicy -notorious BIG
It was all a dream...
I used to read Word Up magazine
Birthdays was the worst days/
Now we sip champagne when we thirstay!
I mean on that same album is prob my favorite song
Forgot about Dre
I’ve never not heard that song and turned it off or skipped.
That album is one of the best rap albums of all time. There’s only one song on it I don’t like (the message). Every other song on that album defines rap’s transition from gangsta rap to party music.
Yo, Im all about The Message
3 I haven’t seen listed yet that are always near top of list
Scenario the Remix - Tribe
How I could just Kill a Man - Cypress Hill
Love It or Hate It - Game/50
It was a good day-Ice Cube
Love this song, and the analysis has been done by [Donovan Strain](https://twitter.com/DonovanStrain) to determine what day was Ice Cube's ***Good*** day:
“went to short dogs house, they was watching Yo MTV RAPS”
Yo MTV RAPS first aired:
Aug 6th 1988
Ice Cubes single “Today Was a Good Day” released on:
Feb 23 1993
”The Lakers beat the Super Sonics”
Dates between Yo MTV Raps air date AUGUST 6 1988 and the release of the single FEBRUARY 23 1993 where the Lakers beat the Super Sonics:
* * *Nov 11 1988 114-103
* * *Nov 30 1988 110-106
* * *Apr 4 1989 115-97
* * *Apr 23 1989 121-117
* * *Jan 17 1990 100-90
* * *Feb 28 1990 112-107
* * *Mar 25 1990 116-94
* * * Apr 17 1990 102-101
* * * Jan 18 1991 105-96
- Mar 24 1991 113-96
- Apr 21 1991 103-100
- Jan 20 1992 116-110
Dates of those Laker wins over SuperSonics where it was a clear day with no Smog:
* Nov 30 1988
* Apr 4 1989
* Jan 18 1991
* Jan 20 1992
“Got a beep from Kim, and she can fuck all night”
Beepers weren’t adopted by mobile phone companies until the 1990s. Dates left where mobile beepers were available to public:
* Jan 18 1991
* Jan 20 1992
Ice Cube starred in the film “Boyz In The Hood” that was released late Summer of 1991, but was being filmed mid-late 1990 early 1991 and Ice Cube was busy on set filming the movie Jan 18 1991 too busy to be lounging around the streets with no plans. Ladies and Gentlemen..
The ONLY day where:
* Yo MTV Raps was on air
* It was a clear and smogless day
* Beepers were commercially sold
* Lakers beat the SuperSonics
* and Ice Cube had no events to attend was…
JANUARY 20 1992: National Good Day Day
But did anyone he knew get killed in South Central LA that day?
But can we confirm, on the date in question, that Mr. Cube indeed did not even have to use his AK?
And how can we know for sure that on January 20th 1992 he saw the police and they rolled right past him?
Indeed! And even as he ran the intersection.
To this date, extensive historical research has failed to elucidate what, if anything at all, was the 'haps with the craps.
> This week, actor Jonah Hill appeared on Genius‘ “For The Record” show with Rob Markman. At 11:00, Jonah admits that his favorite song is “It Was A Good Day.” The actor who worked with Cube on 21 Jump Street and its sequel mentioned the 2012 quest to find the exact date and had some damning news. “I’ve been down this [when was the song about] rabbit-hole many times. I asked him; I worked with Ice Cube. I wrote that [‘Captain Dickson’] part for him in 21 Jump Street,” Hill says just before 12:00. **“When I got comfortable enough to ask him a question, the first thing I said was, ‘What day is it?’ He’s just like [closes eyes], ‘It’s not a day. I just compiled all these great things to make a great day.'”**
That article also points out that despite your copypasta, November 30, 1988 makes more sense (if you don’t randomly ignore that beepers were widely available in the late 80s and if it was actually one specific day) because it lines up with Ice Cube’s courtship with Kim.
Just a song about Ice Cube and his good day.
Sure sign of a good day when you don't have to use your AK
Devil in a new dress
Cherry red chariot, excess is just my character
ALL BLACK TUX 🖤💜
My lawyers have advised me not to continue this thread
oh not a fan of lavender?
Hard to be humble when you stuntin' on a jumbotron
It’s crazy how Kanye had this and Runaway both on the same album. Also All of the Lights, Power, Monster, Gorgeous, Hell of a life. MBDTF was an absolute masterpiece!
I’m glad this is the highest voted Kanye song
I love it though.
[Regulate](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1plPyJdXKIY&list=OLAK5uy_mEcgmwWYyMi365OaEZVcgE1NEHaE4hHng) \-Warren G and Nate Dogg
Been listening to that since I've been a kid and only recently found out what the sample is from...
[I Keep Forgetting](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjqOsYRQI0o)
Plus the intro from Young Guns
Regulators! Mount up!
My brother and I regulating with Warren: https://imgur.com/a/lo2rigY
Gang starr - Moment of truth
Oh the lyrics
That one Dave Mira game drilled that song into my head
RIP Dave Mira
Hypnotize. Notorious B.I.G. Love that beat.
m.A.A.d city by Kendrick Lamar
Man down, where you from?
*Now this is not a tape recording saying that he did it... but ever since that day, I was lookin' at him different!*
*That was back when I was nine, Joey packed a nine*
*Pakistan on every porch is fine, we adapt to crime*
Saw him live pre Covid and a whole stadium of people rapping this word by word was just incredible.
I saw him on Wednesday. Best Kendrick concert I've seen and I've been to at least one show on all of his tours. 26 songs in 90 minutes.
Same here. This song just goes so fucking hard! The voice changes throughout, the MC Eiht feature. Don’t think I’ve ever skipped this song when it’s come on.
Hell yes. And Money Trees.
Love this song, and definitely my sleeper pick.
Bone Thugs, outside of Crossroads, seem forgotten to hip hop past. But songs like Foe tha Love of $, 1st of Tha Month, Thuggish Ruggish Bone and East 1999 are classics.
We are not against rap
We are not against rappers
But we are against those Thugs
Boom! The answer I was looking. The perfect rap song.
My favorite song of all time since '97. When Bone finished their verses, BIG took it home to study their flow before recording his. He mimicked their style perfectly. Also I read that Layzie was drunk and asleep in a car when they finished their verses. They tapped on the window to wake him up, he dragged his feet to the studio, recorded his verse in one take, then went back to sleep.
I remember hearing this song for the first time and being blown the fuck away. Dre and Em perfectly complement each other on this one.
>I ain't havin' that, this is the millennium of Aftermath
>It ain't gonna be nothin' after that
>So give me one more platinum plaque and fuck rap
>You can have it back
Is my favourite four bars in any rap ever. The lyrics, with that delivery is just incredible. Hits like a truck every time
“And when the cops came through
Me and Dre stood next to a burnt down house
With a can full of gas and a hand full of matches
And still weren't found out”
There has to be a meme somewhere of Dre and Em in front of the Disaster Girl burning house
I still almost every day think at some point, “fuck you too bitch call the cops I’ma kill you and them loud ass motherfucking barking dogs”
No wheels and no keys no boats no snowmobiles and no skis
That track is harder than me trying to park a dodge when I'm drunk as fuck right next to a humongous truck in a two car garage
Popping out with two broken legs, trying to walk it off
I’m too old, but Humpty Dance still gets me going. And Packet Man. Digital Underground, still gets played.
Packet man was HILARIOUS! The conversational rap approach from Digital Underground was so much fun, I loved Underwater Rhymes too. They had fun!!! RIP Shock G.
Rosa Parks - OutKast
Gets me every time...
The fact that Rosa parks sued outkast for that song is wild
She was pretty poor and still living in Detroit late in her life. I’m sure it was an act of attempting to get some money when she needed it. Later, Mike Illitch, the late owner of Little Cesar’s, the Detroit Tigers and Detroit Red Wings began helping her out financially.
Yes, true & very sad. I met Mrs Parks in 1997. By then, she had dementia, and we were trying to establish a trust for her legacy and likeness. She had nothing else.
It's a tricky question, but *Mathematics* by Mos Def is the one that springs to mind
More recently, *The Blacker The Berry* by Kendrick Lamar always gets cranked up, while I swirl around the room naked with oiled pectits
Great track, but call me basic but I love [Ms Fat Booty](https://youtu.be/01yUzXQctcM).
Ass so fat you can see it from the front!
Gimme the loot - Biggie
*"i've been robbing motherfuckers since the slave ships"* is one hell of a quote
With the same clip, and the same .45
Point blank a muthafucka sure to die
Have his momma singing “it’s so haaaard…”
"Then why the fuck he keep lookin'? "
"I guess to get his life tooken' "
Is my personal fav
"Huh, word to mother, I'm dangerous. Crazier than a bag of fucking angel dust." Is my favourite
When I bust my gat, motherfuckers take dirt naps. I’m all that and a dime sack, where the paper at??
I liked “from the barretta, puttin all them holes in ya sweatta”
It's actually incredible how Biggie spit two different styles back and forth to the point you feel like you're actually listening to two different robbers on the street and it puts you right into the story.
Incredible track, the way he goes back and forth is just masterful
Even the Explicit version got censored
Get By - Talib Kweli
Luniz- I got 5 on it
My man was slipping when he said he takes sacks to the face
What kills me about that line is the outright confidence in the delivery.
“I take sacks to da FACE” 😮💨🤤
WHENEVER I CAN
[Rap Snitches](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQtKJbptcns) by MF DOOM.
edit: misspelled the legend's name
[Bomb Thrown](https://youtu.be/_YiHjUXQpLM) with Czarface and MF DOOM.
Rapp Snitch Knishes
One of the rare times DOOM got outshone by a guest.
Full clip by Gang starr
Edit: omg, thanks for the award! 😊
Moment of Truth is a stupidly replayable album
Above the clouds
One of the best yet
Big L, rest in peace
Straight Outta Compton by NWA. You have to understand....being a white suburban kid from New Jersey....at the time I was surrounded by hair metal, Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen...and top 40.
And then something like *this* comes out?! My only previous experience with "rap" was the Mtv-friendly stuff like Tone Loc, DJ Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince, Biz Markie...
To hear NWA for the first time...having to sneak into your friend's basement & listen to it on headphones because you;d get in trouble if your or their parents heard what you were listening to.
The raw language, the beats, the confidence in which they delivered the verses....I'd never heard anything like that before.
Lol. I had a similar experience in suburbia. Nwa, Eazy E, and tone Loc etc out in the fort or in the woods. I got busted bringing the n4life cassette to my Catholic school haha. I still know the lyrics to so many of those tracks better than I know my neighbors names
They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.) - Pete Rock & CL Smooth
Probably my favorite sample of all time. CL Smooth one of the most underrated rappers.
**Rockwilder -** Method Man and Redman
Big Pun ft Fat Joe - Twinz (Deep Cover 98)
Dead in the middle of Little Italy little did we know that we riddled some middlemen who didn't do diddly
Money Trees - Kendrick Lamar
That’s just how I feel
Electric Relaxation by A Tribe Called Quest is the coolest rap song ever. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HbPf6G1DJlY
The Message - Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five:
Fight the Power- Public Enemy.
Bring the Noise, Don't Believe the Hype... so many classics...
Radio Raheem has entered the thread
“God’s bathroom floor” Atmosphere
“Accordion” MF Doom
“Daylight” Aesop Rock
Daylight, fuck yeah. Came here hoping to see Aes in the top comments
Hit Em Up - 2Pac
It’s barely a rap song, but I think ‘Spottieottiedopaliscious’ is such a beautiful, immersive, and catchy track.
Every time I read Spottieottiedopaliscious, the melody starts playing in my head and won't go away. Genuine classic
Boyz n da Hood by Eazy E
Bombs Over Baghdad - OUTKAST
Edit: now I’m debating between this and Spottieottiedopaliscuous
Ms. Jackson - OutKast
Forever, forever ever, forever everrr? Forever never seems that long until ya grown.
Damn, didn't realize she got married
Ain’t nuthin’ but a g thang - Dr. Dre feat. Snoop Dogg
My Melody, Eric B. and Rakim.
Follow the Leader
Don't sweat the technique or maybe the Ledge for me.
Money Trees by Kendrick Lamar
Sing about me - Kendrick Lamar
SAMIDOT is your favorite song, but he's not your savior.
Bone thugs n Harmony-Crossroads
My family didn't allow rap, but my brothers and I convinced our mom that this was a Christian song, so we were allowed to listen to it as kids.
I miss my uncle Charles, y’all
There are two versions of this song. The original “Crossroad” and “Tha Crossroads”. Both are great
"Mistadobalina" Del The Funky Homosapien.
Great pick! You really make me sick with your fraudulent behavior.
Oh man, such a great track, Del tracks seems to be well known but only to those who pay attention to hip hop.
He's not really a name I hear often for music in general.
Or "if you must"
Yes by Nujabes