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grashupfer

Triumph by Wu Tang


Rozekoek1149

I agree that Wu Tang should be up here, but for me it should be C.R.E.A.M. Lyrically still true.


TheLowSpark

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.


GhostMutt90

Greatest opening verse in history!


UppercutMcGee

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.


Msjudgedafart

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!


GreenEggsandThew_Ham

Totally, so who's down to make the Spotify playlist??


troyboltonislife

Someone please make a spotify playlist!


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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!


pinklavalamp

Post it at r/imadeaplaylist.


FightPhoe93

“Mind Playin’ Tricks On Me” by The Geto Boys at least deserves a mention.


Throwaway5567800

I SIT AROUND IN MY FOUR CORNER ROOM STARING AT CANDLES.


devontg

This shit is on?


mattsnur

Passin Me By -Pharcyde


mr_dbini

There she goes again/the dopest Ethiopian


ContributionDismal79

The World Is Yours, Nas


bluest_light_

Literally anything off Illmatic tbh


marasydnyjade

Illmatic is the best rap album of all time.


Ectotaph

Aquemini by Outkast


Brocktoberfest

Hell yeah. ATLiens for me.


Swag_Turtle

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.


soosbear

EVERY TIME WE HIT THE PARKING LOT WE TURN HEADS


gmoss101

THEM HOES WANNA CHOOSE BUT THEM BITCHES TOO SCARY, YA BITCH CHOSE ME YOU AIN'T A PIMP YOU A FAIRY


IraqouisWarGod

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…”


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throwTheHeaterAway

Pimp could ride a beat and it really hits harder when it does drop for him


lemonchicken91

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.


Yogainparis

I LOVE Project Pat, Juicy J and DJ Paul. Triple 6!!!


Macho_Mans_Ghost

Excuse me... That's ACADEMY AWARD WINNING Three 6 Mafia, sir.


shabamon

Then I CC'd every girl that I'd see see round town


VictoryNo2802

“Hate to see y’all frowning but I’d rather see her smiling”


DJRapHandz

Wetness all around me, true, but I'm no island Peninsula maybe


AlPaCherno

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!


NappinOnYaBooty

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)


fadingstar52

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.


Maester_Bates

When Kanye won the award for best video at the BET awards he gave it to UGK and Outkast.


gmanasaurus

GZA - 4th Chamber


ksnizzo

IMHO Gza might have the best solo album out of the Wu. Liquid Swords is amazing.


3rdProfile

He wasn't scared of the Shogun, but the Shogun was scared of him. Love Shogun Assassin (Lone Wolf and Cub)


bigheadstrikesagain

People said his brain was infected by devils.


StoopidIdietMoran

I’m surprised that numerous of the top comments here were actually some of my favorites. This would be one of them.


Betty_beerslinger

Children’s Story - Slick Rick


Dontinkdiscs

Hey uncle Ricky, can you read us a bedtime story?


Sikamixoticelixer

You and I we're gonna make some 𝓬𝓪𝓼𝓱 Robbing old folks and making a 𝓭𝓪𝓼𝓱


A-D-are-o-see-k

93 ‘Til Infinity - Souls of Mischief


NottaNoveltyAccount

For the longest time their "years active" on Wikipedia was listed 1991-infinity. Bummed that someone changed it


jizzabelle_jew

ALL CAPS - madvillain edit: my dumbass forgot the caps


Y___

Just scrolled until I could find some DOOM. Don’t know exactly what I’d pick but my gut right now says Figaro.


Solid_Snake205

I came here looking for at least one MF DOOM reply


Chakwenta

Just remember ALL CAPS when you spell the man's name


dmizzl

Shook Ones part 2 by Mobb Deep


musistic-vince

No such things as halfway crooks


ornamental_skeleton

A Tribe Called Quest - Can I Kick It It’s the song that made my fiancée and I become friends in the first place


oarngebean

Yes ya can


Broadband_Gremlin

The entire Low End Theory album is absolute FIRE.


st3llar_wind

>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".


FormerLurker3

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.


Rando1974

They Reminisce Over You - Pete Rock and CL Smooth


pistolpxte

NY State of mind - Nas


birdy2

Gin and juice. Laid back


seeyoujim

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*


Frodala

Ambitionz az a ridah - 2pac


Aquamarinemammal

Man I had to scroll way too for Pac… Gotta be Life Goes On for me though


Maleficent-Cash-1647

juicy -notorious BIG


Ameztrah

It was all a dream...


Maleficent-Cash-1647

I used to read Word Up magazine


ImNotFromCanada

Birthdays was the worst days/ Now we sip champagne when we thirstay!


Do_What_Thou_Wilt

Still D.R.E.


ScubaSteve_

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.


AphiTrickNet

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.


BestAtempt

Yo, Im all about The Message


MAXIMILIAN-MV

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


d_potato672

It was a good day-Ice Cube


Lt_Frank_Drebin

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: **CLUE 1:** “went to short dogs house, they was watching Yo MTV RAPS” Yo MTV RAPS first aired: Aug 6th 1988 **CLUE 2:** Ice Cubes single “Today Was a Good Day” released on: Feb 23 1993 **CLUE 3:** ”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 **CLUE 4:** 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 **CLUE 5:** “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 **CLUE 6:** 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


chux4w

But did anyone he knew get killed in South Central LA that day?


raytownloco

Obviously not


Hop-Dizzle-Drizzle

But can we confirm, on the date in question, that Mr. Cube indeed did not even have to use his AK?


aChristery

And how can we know for sure that on January 20th 1992 he saw the police and they rolled right past him?


Hop-Dizzle-Drizzle

Indeed! And even as he ran the intersection.


Iamthewarthog

To this date, extensive historical research has failed to elucidate what, if anything at all, was the 'haps with the craps.


DeathByBamboo

> 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.'”** https://ambrosiaforheads.com/2018/10/when-was-ice-cube-it-was-a-good-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.


cropguru357

Just a song about Ice Cube and his good day.


Nuttinbutabutt

Sure sign of a good day when you don't have to use your AK


Nightblade436

Devil in a new dress


NvizoN

Cherry red chariot, excess is just my character


arjhantamboli

ALL BLACK TUX 🖤💜


Alt_Beer7

My lawyers have advised me not to continue this thread


postedupinthecold

oh not a fan of lavender?


[deleted]

Hard to be humble when you stuntin' on a jumbotron


[deleted]

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!


cojpgeneral

I’m glad this is the highest voted Kanye song


thungalope

I love it though.


Burdiac

[Regulate](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1plPyJdXKIY&list=OLAK5uy_mEcgmwWYyMi365OaEZVcgE1NEHaE4hHng) \-Warren G and Nate Dogg cause nostalgia


Going_Live

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)


Burdiac

Plus the intro from Young Guns


Embarrassed-Ad-1639

Regulators! Mount up!


fleetmack

My brother and I regulating with Warren: https://imgur.com/a/lo2rigY


rataxes_olsson

Gang starr - Moment of truth Oh the lyrics


PositivelyReviewed

That one Dave Mira game drilled that song into my head


__LeBron__

RIP Dave Mira


obimokenobi

Hypnotize. Notorious B.I.G. Love that beat.


Tina_ger

m.A.A.d city by Kendrick Lamar


SAMH37

Man down, where you from?


imreadypromotion

*Now this is not a tape recording saying that he did it... but ever since that day, I was lookin' at him different!*


1WURDA

*That was back when I was nine, Joey packed a nine*


DummyMcDipshit

*Pakistan on every porch is fine, we adapt to crime*


hwarang_

Saw him live pre Covid and a whole stadium of people rapping this word by word was just incredible.


DaveTheDog027

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.


blizzzzay

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.


Elecrockcity

Hell yes. And Money Trees.


emmadds

Notorious Thugs


smwrites

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.


Skinnysusan

We are not against rap We are not against rappers .... But we are against those Thugs


supervklass

Boom! The answer I was looking. The perfect rap song.


GGU_Kakashi

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.


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esoteric_enigma

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.


the51m3n

>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


GoofBottle

“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


Poison_the_Phil

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”


fideli_

No wheels and no keys no boats no snowmobiles and no skis


whereisjosephkony

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


BushyBrowz

Popping out with two broken legs, trying to walk it off


thunder1967

I’m too old, but Humpty Dance still gets me going. And Packet Man. Digital Underground, still gets played.


Zev

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.


BBQinFool

Rosa Parks - OutKast Gets me every time...


Derrick_EscoNastyNas

The fact that Rosa parks sued outkast for that song is wild


turbogaze

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.


badhairdad1

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.


locustpiss

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


ScottyBoneman

Great track, but call me basic but I love [Ms Fat Booty](https://youtu.be/01yUzXQctcM).


cmagnum

Ass so fat you can see it from the front!


mars_coltrane

Gimme the loot - Biggie


locustpiss

*"i've been robbing motherfuckers since the slave ships"* is one hell of a quote


FeelingCheetah1

With the same clip, and the same .45 Point blank a muthafucka sure to die


BigBearDoMath

Have his momma singing “it’s so haaaard…”


PrittStickler

"Then why the fuck he keep lookin'? " "I guess to get his life tooken' " Is my personal fav


29adamski

"Huh, word to mother, I'm dangerous. Crazier than a bag of fucking angel dust." Is my favourite


n00balicious

When I bust my gat, motherfuckers take dirt naps. I’m all that and a dime sack, where the paper at??


SRCnole92

I liked “from the barretta, puttin all them holes in ya sweatta”


ultimatt777

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.


anymanfitness

Incredible track, the way he goes back and forth is just masterful


re_de_unsassify

Even the Explicit version got censored


WinnipegDan

Get By - Talib Kweli


AnimatorNr1

Luniz- I got 5 on it


zdigrig

My man was slipping when he said he takes sacks to the face


Naud

What kills me about that line is the outright confidence in the delivery. “I take sacks to da FACE” 😮‍💨🤤


techn9neiskod

WHENEVER I CAN


Legitasbules

[Rap Snitches](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQtKJbptcns) by MF DOOM. ​ edit: misspelled the legend's name


NawNaw

[Bomb Thrown](https://youtu.be/_YiHjUXQpLM) with Czarface and MF DOOM.


ImRobsRedditAccount

Rapp Snitch Knishes One of the rare times DOOM got outshone by a guest.


mollanmox

Full clip by Gang starr Edit: omg, thanks for the award! 😊


edropus

Moment of Truth is a stupidly replayable album


PatioDaddiovic

Work


whichoneismissing

Above the clouds


PresentationNo2343

One of the best yet


JuicyBlack

Big L, rest in peace


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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.


neutron_uplink

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


SlideImpossible3250

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.


Because_I_Cannot

**Rockwilder -** Method Man and Redman


SuperSecretMoonBase

\*Da Rockwilder


AlmightyTrash

Big Pun ft Fat Joe - Twinz (Deep Cover 98)


ThatDudeFromRio

Dead in the middle of Little Italy little did we know that we riddled some middlemen who didn't do diddly


omeedohmy

Money Trees - Kendrick Lamar


PM_ME_SOME_LUV

That’s just how I feel


SubstantialReturn228

Ya bish


halloway14

Electric Relaxation by A Tribe Called Quest is the coolest rap song ever. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HbPf6G1DJlY


x_lincoln_x

The Message - Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYMkEMCHtJ4&ab\_channel=UPROXXVideo


tonyk11

Fight the Power- Public Enemy.


mogrim

Bring the Noise, Don't Believe the Hype... so many classics...


lorgskyegon

Radio Raheem has entered the thread


Burrito_Loyalist

“God’s bathroom floor” Atmosphere “Accordion” MF Doom “Daylight” Aesop Rock


Velastin94

Daylight, fuck yeah. Came here hoping to see Aes in the top comments


SophieFletcherf

Hit Em Up - 2Pac


brainmcghee

It’s barely a rap song, but I think ‘Spottieottiedopaliscious’ is such a beautiful, immersive, and catchy track.


cXs808

Every time I read Spottieottiedopaliscious, the melody starts playing in my head and won't go away. Genuine classic


hardspank916

Boyz n da Hood by Eazy E


lknox1123

Bombs Over Baghdad - OUTKAST Edit: now I’m debating between this and Spottieottiedopaliscuous


the_ricktacular_mort

Ms. Jackson - OutKast


MyStoryIsDeep

Forever, forever ever, forever everrr? Forever never seems that long until ya grown.


25sittinon25cents

Damn, didn't realize she got married


sdmf_1112

Ain’t nuthin’ but a g thang - Dr. Dre feat. Snoop Dogg


ericallenjett

My Melody, Eric B. and Rakim.


mackelnuts

Follow the Leader


LesPaulPilot

Don't sweat the technique or maybe the Ledge for me.


SnakeEyes58

Money Trees by Kendrick Lamar


TitzzMcGee

Sing about me - Kendrick Lamar


rapper_rick

SAMIDOT is your favorite song, but he's not your savior.


AnimatorNr1

Bone thugs n Harmony-Crossroads


thecountnotthesaint

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.


largechild

I miss my uncle Charles, y’all


kenne26

There are two versions of this song. The original “Crossroad” and “Tha Crossroads”. Both are great


ReelBadJoke

"Mistadobalina" Del The Funky Homosapien.


patsully98

Great pick! You really make me sick with your fraudulent behavior.


Bamres

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.


panchampion

Or "if you must"


Bigsassyblackwoman

Yes by Nujabes