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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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