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Favorite Hip-hop Songs

Not ranked except 1 is 1.
1Jedi Mind Tricks
Uncommon Valor (A Vietnam Story)

It transports you, consumes you, changes you. From a group (read: Vinnie Paz) that usually raps about nothing except gang-life, boxing, and Islam comes a haunting tale of Vietnam's horrors courtesy of a guest appearance by R.A. the Rugged Man. R.A. tells his father's story with a flow resembling the same machine guns he raps about in this true rap classic. "Call me Thorburn, John H., Staff Sargent/Marksman, skillin, killin, illin/I'm able and willin/Kill a village elephant/Rapin and pillage a village/Illegitimate killers/U.S. military guerillas"
2The Sugarhill Gang
Rapper's Delight

The full version. The insane, sprawling, quarter-hour rap extravaganza that gave hip-hop its first push to start spinning on its axis. The ultimate party song, the ultimate bragging song, a seminal rap milestone. "Now what you hear is not a test, I'm rappin to the beat/And me, the groove, and my friends are gonna try to move your feet/See I am Wonder Mike/And I?d like to say ?hello?/To the black, to the white, the red, and the brown/The purple and yellow/But first I gotta/Bang bang, the boogie to the boogie/Say up- jump the boogie to the bang bang boogie/Let's rock, you dont stop

MMLP is the record that got me started with hip-hop. It's the over the top violence and scathing wit of Eminem that makes the record a classic, and no song better exemplifies this than "Kim". Sure, "Stan" is more meaningful and in much better taste, but no song truly captures a man's psychotic rage better than "Kim". "Sit down bitch, you move again I'll beat the shit outta you!/Don't make me wake this baby, she don't need to see what I'm about to do/Quit crying bitch, why you always make me shout at you?/How could you?/Leave me and love him out the blue/Aw, what's the matter Kim, AM I TOO LOUD FOR YOU?!"

MF DOOM's lyrical complexity and the stoned-stupid-simplicity of his song structures are rapidly making him my favorite rapper. Combined with Madlib's dense production, this 2 minute masterpiece packs more allusions than some rappers do in several full length songs. "In living, the true gods/Givin' y'all nothing but the lick like two broads/Got more lyrics than the church got 'Ooh Lords'/And he hold the mic and your attention like two swords/Or even one with two blades on it/Hey you, don't touch the mic like it's AIDS on it/It's like the end to the means/Fucked type of message that sends to the fiends/That's why he brings his own needles/And get more cheese than Doritos, Cheetos or Fritos/Slip like Freudian/Your first and last step to playin' yourself like accordion"
It Ain't Hard to Tell

Illmatic is the all-around greatest rap album of all time. Nas's lyrical genius on this album that even he himself couldn't replicate it. The amazing beat of this song combined with lyrics that are genius even by the standards of this album make it one of my favorite songs ever. "Deep like The Shining/Sparkle like a diamond/Sneak a uzi on the island in my army jacket lining/Hit the Earth like a comet, invasion/Nas is like the Afrocentric Asian/Half man, half amazing"
6Kanye West

I have an unhealthy obsession with MBDTF. It's insanely good. ?Monster? truly captures just what a monster (hehe) Kanye is. Mind-blowing guest verses (I'm looking at you, Minaj) certainly help. "Think you motherfuckers really really need to cool down/Cause you will never get on top of this/So mommy best advice is just to get on top of this/Have you ever had sex with a pharaoh?/Put the pussy in a sarcophagus/Now she claiming I bruise her esophagus/Head of the class and she just want a swallowship/I?m living the future so the presence is my past/My presence is a present kiss my ass"
7The Notorious B.I.G.

It's legendary for a good reason. The radio-friendly production does nothing but embellish Biggie's rags-to-riches tale into something truly other-worldly. The funky bassline, the lovely chorus, and his loose, rugged flow make 'Juicy' what it is. "It was all a dream/I used to read Word Up magazine/Salt'n'Pepa and Heavy D up in the limousine/Hangin' pictures on my wall/Every Saturday Rap Attack, Mr. Magic, Marley Marl/I let my tape rock 'til my tape popped/Smokin' weed and bamboo, sippin' on private stock/Way back, when I had the red and black lumberjack/With the hat to match"
8Vinnie Paz

Vinnie Paz's lyricism truly shines on his solo release. The entire first verse is rhymed here, the sampling and production sound just as pompous as the rapper, and the punchlines hit like small trucks. Sorry, but I have to quote the whole first verse here. "My fist enters in your temple like an obelisk/It's blackness, darkness, abyss of joblessness/Everything you do is small, my shit is monstrous/I murder devils and any of their accomplices/My brain function on other levels of consciousness/My brain function on other levels of pompousness/You're listening to the bass and treble of godlessness/My thirty-eight will spit hate and level the populous/My esophogus breed the evil that just demolishes/Whether or not you're a believer in the Apocalypse/Y'all shit is sweeter than two faggots that's locking lips/It ain't a rapper competing with my obnoxiousness/It ain't nobody that's equal to my accomplishments/The Desert Eagle is legal and it astonishes/The AR15 diesel and blow your mom to bits/It's hard to catch me, I'm Thurman Munson and Carlton Fisk"
9Celph Titled
Primo's Four Course Meal

Celph Titled is the best rapper alive. He's the funniest member of the legendary Army of the Pharaohs, but I don't mean he's a joke; he has the greatest punchlines of any rapper, ever. In my opinion, he also the greatest voice. His wit is unmatched. ?And I don't care if you worship/I'll put a bullet in your temple/Leave you bent and crippled/Wife and kids get sentimental/Your best soldiers incomparable to my B-team/Fuck Nas, ?Mission Impossible? be my thief's theme/Each beam I aim multiplied by 8/You gettin fucked on your album and gettin raped on mixed tapes/I kick with a flipped face targetin system/Heat vision like the Predator/I'm slaugterin victims/The harder I hit em, nigga the better they know/Call up the reverend and we bringin holy shit to ya show?
10Immortal Technique
Peruvian Cocaine

A multi-character epic in just 5 minutes. Told from the point of view of multiple levels of the cocaine trade, from the coca field worker to a corrupt CIA official, it shows off Immortal Techniques social commentary while giving several other rappers a chance to shine. "Honey I'm home/Nevermind why our bank account's suddenly grown/It's funny, we're so out of this debt from this money we owe/Would've ya...mind if I told you I had two governments overthrown/To keep our son enrolled in a private school/And to keep ours tummies swollen/C'mon, our fuckin' home was built on the foundation of bloody throats/The hungry stolen of they souls, of course this country's runnin' coke/I took a stunted oath to hush the one's who know/But CIA conducts the flow of these young hustlers who lust for dough"
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