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The 20 Best Rap Songs of All-Time

Biggie Smalls Juicy

So here it is, my list of The 20 Best Rap Songs of All-Time. While it’s often hard to differentiate “best” from “favorite,” I’d like you to think about this list in another way — if you were introducing someone to rap music, this would be a great place to start. This list was compiled after many hours of pouring over CD jackets, researching reader submissions, and countless hours of listening.

Also check out our list The 20 Best Rock Songs of All-Time.

Here they are, in order:

1) Juicy — The Notorious BIG

2) Hit Em Up — Tupac

3) Still Dre — Dr. Dre

4) Notorious Thugs — The Notorious BIG & Bone Thugs and Harmony

5) Big Poppa — The Notorious BIG

6) Changes — Tupac

7) Ain’t Nothin But a G-Thang — Snoop Dogg

8)Victory — Puff Daddy & the Family

9) Today Was a Good Day — Ice Cube

10) Growing Pains — Ludacris

11) Hypnotize — The Notorious BIG

12) Get Money — The Notorious BIG & Junior Mafia

13) If I Ruled the World — Nas

14) The Way I Am — Eminem

15) Welcome to Atlanta — Ludacris and Jermaine Dupri

16) Been Around the World — Puff Daddy & Mase

17) EI — Nelly

18) CREAM — Wu Tang Clan

19) Ready for Whatever — TI

20) I Got 5 On It — Luniz

Honorable Mention: Brenda’s Got a Baby — Tupac
What surprised me about how this list ended up? No Jay-Z, Kanye, or 50 Cent. Only one Eminem song. Lots of Dre, Snoop, Biggy, and Tupac as expected. There are so many other awesome songs that could have made this list easily.
Other songs considered seriously include: Kanye West — Through the Wire, 50 Cent — In Da Club, Master P — Make Em Say Uh, Eminem — My Name Is, Eminem — The Real Slim Shady, Ruff Ryders — Ruff Ryders Anthem, Dr. Dre — The Next Episode, Snoop Dogg — Who Am I, Ghost Face Killer — Shakey Dog, Snoop Dogg — Gin and Juice, Bone Thugs and Harmony — Crossroads, Wu Tang Clan — Triumph, Outkast — Bombs Over Baghdad, Dr. Dre — California Love, Jay-Z — Young Forever, 50 Cent & the Game — Hate It Or Love It, Twista — Celebrity Overnight, Tupac — Keep Ya Head Up, Tupac — Dear Momma, Snoop Dogg — Law Low, Puff Daddy and the Family — Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down, Nas — New World
Make a mix tape from this list. Pump that nonsense.
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Best Rap Songs Ever Submissions — Weekend Notes

Best Rap Songs Ever

This weekend, howiGit’s blog is asking for your submissions for the best rap songs ever. We are in the process of compiling a list, which will be released next week. Feel free to submit as many or as few as you like, in order or not in order. Whatever you got, we want your input!

Happy Columbus day.

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8 Reactions to MTV’s VMAs

Rihanna at MTV's VMAs

So I probably haven’t sat down and watched MTV’s Video Music Awards in full since the 8th grade, but last night I settled in for the long haul. The absurdity that followed was to be expected, but here are my reactions nonetheless. 

1) What the hell was Rihanna wearing? She needs to be less of a Lady Gaga and more of a sexier Alicia Keys. When you’re that hot, you don’t need to be weird.

2) Whether you like Eminem or not, he’s a great performer. He sounds exactly the same live as he does on his albums.

3) Usher can sure dance. I bet Puffy was sitting in the audience all crunked thinking yea I’m responsible for that too.

4) Chelsea whatever-her-name-is cracked a joke about TI not being able to attend the ceremony. TI and his wife were arrested last week, and the cops said that the car smelled like weed. Upon further searching of the car, they also found what they beleive to be ecstacy. The pills are being tested. TI got out of jail 5 months ago. Come on man.

5) “Dog Days Are Over” by Florence and the Machine — guilty pleasure or do I am just subconciously dying to see Eat, Pray, Love?

6) The World of Jenks = stupid. Very stupid.

7) Lady Gaga wore meat? What?

8)Kanye’s performance was good and certainly showed his star power, but the chorus to that song is questionable.

Thoughts?

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Eminem Recovers with Recovery Album

Eminem’s new album, Recovery, was released June 21st — I have now officially given the CD a good listen several times over. The album is good. I bought it, I recommend you do too (although 14.99 on Itunes is a bit steep).

This CD gives you a lot of what you are used to getting from Eminem — a lot of introspection, a lot of talk about his relationship with estranged girlfriend/wife Kim and his daughter Hailey, a lot of talk of pills and booze, and a catchy video of Em standing on the edge of a building. But this CD has a much more positive vibe to it — it’s a coming of age, turning over a new stone, I have a new perspective on life themed CD. Gone is the platinum blond hair and the Slim Shady persona — only the tatted arms are left symbolizing his past.

As far as the tracks go, I give Em huge street cred for calling out his last CD, Relapse, as being sub-par in “Not Afraid.” This song is already becoming an anthem of sorts. He keeps this CD just poppy enough to keep the 15-year-old girls tuned in (as he always has) with tracks like “Spacebound” and lyrics like “If your belly button isn’t an inny then I’m outty.” Lyrical genius right there. Perhaps most symbolic of the entire CD is “Going Through Changes,” a highly introspective, serious track where Em lays his life out on the line. His song with Rihanna is obviously a hit as well, but was that was never in doubt — Betty Crocker couldn’t give you a better recipe for success. But perhaps most suprising of all to me was “No Love” featuring Lil Wayne. I have never thought too highly of Lil Wayne, and frankly Em doesn’t bring a whole lot to this song, but Wayne’s raps are the most legitimate I’ve ever heard out of him.

All in all, the CD has 19 tracks. If had 12, I’d give the album an “A” for sure. There are just a few to many filler tracks on the this LP in my book. The CD does a great job of re-establising Eminem and proving once again that he is the best lyracist in the rap game today. Best of all, he promises not to bail on his fans ever again — we won’t be waiting so long for the next album this time around.

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