Lists, Theory & Essay

10 Hip-Hop Songs Everybody Should Just D*mn Know.

Because if you don’t you suck and need to be slapped with a rusty barnacle and two midgets holding Red Hots.

(As you can see, The Champ and I are really about this enlightenment thing.  And lists.  We like lists.)  Two Friday’s ago, I introduced you all to 10 songs that all Black people should know.  Since so many of you kept trying to throw hip-hop songs into the list – completely erroneously, by the way – I figured that the LEAST I could do was tell you all 10 hip-hop songs that you should know.  And if you don’t know them, basically, you suck.  You won’t lost black points, but you will lose cool points, and your opinion on hip-hop is from here forward, null-and-void.  Know that.

By the way, notice IT DOES NOT SAY BEST HIP-HOP SONGS EVER (though there is definitely overlap between best hip-hop songs and songs THAT YOU SHOULD JUST DAMN KNOW).

10.  Eric B. & Rakim – Paid In Full (Remix)

Dope beat, dope rhymes.  What more do y’all want? There’s a reason this song is as popular today (amongst hiphop heads) as it was in the 80s.  It’s just that good.  Storytelling raps were never the same after this joint.  “Stop smiling, be still, don’t nothing move but the money”.  Motherf*cking poetry in motion.

Speaking of storytelling…

9.  Slick Rick – Children’s Story

For one, because EVERYBODY has to do the rap about Dave the Dopefiend shooting dope.  If everybody does it and you don’t, you should feel inadequate.  Word though, I hear he doesn’t know the meaning of water nor soap.  When was the last time you heard a rapper use the word “nor”.  No, seriously.

8.  Black Sheep – The Choice Is Yours (Remix)

I mean just be-damn-cause it’s one of the most well known and best loved rap songs in the history.  Guaranteed party starter and energy anthem.  Yo…WHO’S A BLACK SHEEP?  WHAT’S A BLACK SHEEP?!  If you don’t know.  Go cut yourself with a kiwi.

7.  Public Enemy – Fight The Power

I’ve never thought of Chuck D as a great rapper.  Hell, I’ve never been a HUGE fan of P.E.  But this song right here?  Is one of the most important songs in rap history.  Everything was so right about this song its amazing.  Plus, it made everybody want to be militant and do the right thing.  There’s something to be said about a pre-crackhead Flavor Flav actually making an impact on anything.

6.  Naughty By Nature – O.P.P.

Feel good.  Great beat.  And the introduction of Treach’s angry flow and Vinnie’s short arms.  Plus, it just might have the BEST call and response chorus ever in hip-hop.

5.  Dr. Dre featuring Snoop Doggy Dogg – Nuthin’ But A G Thang

Even white people know this song…verbatim.  If you’re over the age of 21 and don’t know it, your parents failed you in life.

4.  Notorious B.I.G. – One More Chance (Remix)

I had an argument with one of my boys a few years ago about the definitive Bad Boy song.  This song is it.  Biggie doing what he did best, be fat, black, and ugly as ever, yet still bag the chicks.  I remember hearing this for the first time one summer and playing it the.f*ck.out.

3.  N.W.A. – Straight Outta Compton

This song is the reason Ice Cube is Ice Cube in my opinion.  His verse was so scary and sincere that when you found out he had two parents, wasn’t in a gang, and went to college, you refused to believe he wouldn’t kill you.  Ice Cube scared white AND Black people…in 1989-93.  2008?  Not so much.  You just want hug him now.  But “Straight Outta Compton” put N.W.A. on the map, for better or worse and changed hip-hop forever.  So know it.

2.  Rob Base and DJ EZ-Rock – It Takes Two

If you don’t know this song, life has failed you and you sleep alone at night with a teddy bear, a glass of water, and a paperclip.  In fact, if you DON’T know at least the first four bars of the first verse AND ARE OVER 25 I actually don’t know if ever want to meet or speak to you.  Ever.

1.  Pete Rock and CL Smooth – T.R.O.Y.

Because it’s the best.hip-hop.song.ever.  As in of all time.  PERIOD.

*****

So, um…top that.  And why?

-VSB P aka THE ARSONIST aka TANGLE JIG P

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Panama Jackson is pretty fly for a light guy. He used to ship his frito to Tito in the District, but shipping prices increased so he moved there to save money. When he's not saving humanity with his words or making music with his mouth, you can find him at your mama's mama's house drinking her fine liquors. Most importantly, he believes the children are our future.

Previously

Good Question.

  • http://www.heyyouasked.blogspot.com PBG

    There is no topping this. This list is the ultimate in Hip-Hop sexxy.

    The End.

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

      @PBG, thank you. and thank you.

      • http://awordor3.blogspot.com Crystal Marie

        DJ Kool – Let Me Clear My Throat.

      • http://awordor3.blogspot.com Crystal Marie

        DJ Kool – Let Me Clear My Throat.

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

      @PBG, thank you. and thank you.

    • http://www.myspace.com/wudaman19 WuDaMan

      @PBG, I’ll show you cecksie. ‘Come here woman’

    • http://www.myspace.com/wudaman19 WuDaMan

      @PBG, I’ll show you cecksie. ‘Come here woman’

  • http://www.heyyouasked.blogspot.com PBG

    There is no topping this. This list is the ultimate in Hip-Hop sexxy.

    The End.

  • http://rantsofawildchild.wordpress.com ladebelle

    i think that all biggie and tupac songs should be up here

    (i clearly just came from seeing the movie… )

    • SouthernGirl

      @ladebelle, please tell me what you thought of it. at first i wanted to see it just cause of my lurve of hip hop but some of those trailers were killing me!!

      but then i’m hearing all these rave reviews and sh!t but not quite sure who’s writing them?!?! i think the la times gave it a good review but that could just be guilt and sh!t…

      • http://www.myspace.com/wudaman19 WuDaMan

        @SouthernGirl, yo if you could enjoy learning the little things. n seeing a wack 2pac wack puphie and an awesome biggie and knowing the whole story line. Go see it.

        • SouthernGirl

          @WuDaMan, lol. ok, wu.

        • SouthernGirl

          @WuDaMan, lol. ok, wu.

      • http://www.myspace.com/wudaman19 WuDaMan

        @SouthernGirl, yo if you could enjoy learning the little things. n seeing a wack 2pac wack puphie and an awesome biggie and knowing the whole story line. Go see it.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=73903598 Dom

        @SouthernGirl,

        It was okay. Much better than I thought it would be. I thought Angie Bassett did a great job (she sounded JUST like Violetta Wallace), and it was interesting to see the back story. And of course the music was tight.

        Tupac was whack though, and they tried to make Puffy a philosopher. Fail.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=73903598 Dom

        @SouthernGirl,

        It was okay. Much better than I thought it would be. I thought Angie Bassett did a great job (she sounded JUST like Violetta Wallace), and it was interesting to see the back story. And of course the music was tight.

        Tupac was whack though, and they tried to make Puffy a philosopher. Fail.

    • SouthernGirl

      @ladebelle, please tell me what you thought of it. at first i wanted to see it just cause of my lurve of hip hop but some of those trailers were killing me!!

      but then i’m hearing all these rave reviews and sh!t but not quite sure who’s writing them?!?! i think the la times gave it a good review but that could just be guilt and sh!t…

  • http://rantsofawildchild.wordpress.com ladebelle

    i think that all biggie and tupac songs should be up here

    (i clearly just came from seeing the movie… )

  • RedBeanzNRice

    Yeah, it’s a cool list, P – I would add to it, but I don’t feel like hearing ya “boy’s” mouf.

  • RedBeanzNRice

    Yeah, it’s a cool list, P – I would add to it, but I don’t feel like hearing ya “boy’s” mouf.

  • http://www.awesomelyluvvie.com Luvvie

    *Taps mic*
    *Clears throat*

    Hi, my name is Luvvie and I’m not an Hip Hop Head. I am only familiar with half of this list. I shall do better.

    *Drops mic*

    • http://www.heyyouasked.blogspot.com PBG

      @Luvvie, If I had known you were so hip-hoply undernourished, I would’ve bumped all these songs in your ear as you slept so angelically on my sofa this past weekend.

      You. will. learn.

      • SouthernGirl

        @PBG, and i would’ve stood watch with an albino midget clown holding a black squirrel armed with hood pigeons until she did better. if i had been there of course….

        • http://www.heyyouasked.blogspot.com PBG

          @SouthernGirl, I’m sayin! Luvvie came here and got mad tight w/my precocious teenager and even Tina knows all the words to “A Children’s Story”. She has got to do better.

        • http://www.heyyouasked.blogspot.com PBG

          @SouthernGirl, I’m sayin! Luvvie came here and got mad tight w/my precocious teenager and even Tina knows all the words to “A Children’s Story”. She has got to do better.

      • SouthernGirl

        @PBG, and i would’ve stood watch with an albino midget clown holding a black squirrel armed with hood pigeons until she did better. if i had been there of course….

      • http://thephiladelphianegro.blogspot.com ThePhiladelphiaNegro

        @PBG,

        Long live Blastmaster KRS-One.

        Word.

      • http://thephiladelphianegro.blogspot.com ThePhiladelphiaNegro

        @PBG,

        Long live Blastmaster KRS-One.

        Word.

    • http://www.heyyouasked.blogspot.com PBG

      @Luvvie, If I had known you were so hip-hoply undernourished, I would’ve bumped all these songs in your ear as you slept so angelically on my sofa this past weekend.

      You. will. learn.

    • miss t-lee

      @Luvvie,
      BOOOOOO!!!!! Get off the stage….lol

    • miss t-lee

      @Luvvie,
      BOOOOOO!!!!! Get off the stage….lol

    • http://lostwomanchild.blogspot.com/ blackberry molasses

      @Luvvie,

      I will pray to BBJ for your affliction known has “Dearth of Hip Hop Head-ness”

      You’re welcome.

      • http://www.heyyouasked.blogspot.com PBG

        @blackberry molasses, We’ll need a powerful prayer circle for this child here. Her and others I see slinking around in the blog, souls half empty due to lack of hip-hopness.

      • http://www.heyyouasked.blogspot.com PBG

        @blackberry molasses, We’ll need a powerful prayer circle for this child here. Her and others I see slinking around in the blog, souls half empty due to lack of hip-hopness.

    • http://lostwomanchild.blogspot.com/ blackberry molasses

      @Luvvie,

      I will pray to BBJ for your affliction known has “Dearth of Hip Hop Head-ness”

      You’re welcome.

    • http://freetherapyorelse.blogspot.com Sula-in-training

      @Luvvie,

      ’tis ok… I don’t know the #1 song. But I know I am no Hip-Hop Head so I’m cool. :)

      • http://lostwomanchild.blogspot.com/ blackberry molasses

        @Sula-in-training,

        ANOTHER case of the “Dearth of Hip Hop Head-ness”

        **Puts on epi thinking cap… what is the common link here… what is the common risk factor for this condition?**

        • http://freetherapyorelse.blogspot.com Sula-in-training

          @blackberry molasses,

          **Puts on epi thinking cap… what is the common link here… what is the common risk factor for this condition?**

          Growing up outside of the US/North America would be one. Or living in a household that considered such songs “not good for kids” could be another one…

          The reasons are many…

          I know all the songs (finally realized I knew the first one :)) now because my interest was recently piqued into listening to old school hip hop.

          I didn’t grow up listening to hip hop AT ALL… Until I was a rebellious teenager that is, and by that time the Rakim, and Slick Rick and Whodini of the world had already faded somewhat or were no longer as commercial as the Naughty By Nature, Biggie, Pac et al…

          Plus in Francophone Africa, you have to factor in the language barrier. Hip-Hop is visual poetry. If you don’t “understand” or “get” the subtle references, you are missing it all. So it was hard trying to decipher slang from Brooklyn or Compton when there was no cultural reference to go back.

          All of this dissertation to just help you with your understanding of this rather interesting phenomenon :D

          That is all. ;)

        • http://freetherapyorelse.blogspot.com Sula-in-training

          @blackberry molasses,

          **Puts on epi thinking cap… what is the common link here… what is the common risk factor for this condition?**

          Growing up outside of the US/North America would be one. Or living in a household that considered such songs “not good for kids” could be another one…

          The reasons are many…

          I know all the songs (finally realized I knew the first one :)) now because my interest was recently piqued into listening to old school hip hop.

          I didn’t grow up listening to hip hop AT ALL… Until I was a rebellious teenager that is, and by that time the Rakim, and Slick Rick and Whodini of the world had already faded somewhat or were no longer as commercial as the Naughty By Nature, Biggie, Pac et al…

          Plus in Francophone Africa, you have to factor in the language barrier. Hip-Hop is visual poetry. If you don’t “understand” or “get” the subtle references, you are missing it all. So it was hard trying to decipher slang from Brooklyn or Compton when there was no cultural reference to go back.

          All of this dissertation to just help you with your understanding of this rather interesting phenomenon :D

          That is all. ;)

      • http://lostwomanchild.blogspot.com/ blackberry molasses

        @Sula-in-training,

        ANOTHER case of the “Dearth of Hip Hop Head-ness”

        **Puts on epi thinking cap… what is the common link here… what is the common risk factor for this condition?**

    • http://freetherapyorelse.blogspot.com Sula-in-training

      @Luvvie,

      ’tis ok… I don’t know the #1 song. But I know I am no Hip-Hop Head so I’m cool. :)

    • http://ranting-auntie.blogspot.com/ Bajan Girl

      @Luvvie,

      *picks up mic*

      I have only heard 4 of the songs (2,4,6,7), and I barely know most of the words to them…

      In my defense I am from the islands, grew up in a VERY Caribbean and Christian household.. oh and my dad is a preacher… hip hop, rap, anything remotely like that, was not played in our home and even now as an adult I have not gotten into hip hop…

      Do I have to turn in my card? Can I be helped?

      *putting down mic.. hanging head in shame.. slowly shuffling off stage…*

      • SouthernGirl

        @Bajan Girl, we’ll add you to the prayer/hip hop immersion list.

      • SouthernGirl

        @Bajan Girl, we’ll add you to the prayer/hip hop immersion list.

    • http://ranting-auntie.blogspot.com/ Bajan Girl

      @Luvvie,

      *picks up mic*

      I have only heard 4 of the songs (2,4,6,7), and I barely know most of the words to them…

      In my defense I am from the islands, grew up in a VERY Caribbean and Christian household.. oh and my dad is a preacher… hip hop, rap, anything remotely like that, was not played in our home and even now as an adult I have not gotten into hip hop…

      Do I have to turn in my card? Can I be helped?

      *putting down mic.. hanging head in shame.. slowly shuffling off stage…*

  • http://www.awesomelyluvvie.com Luvvie

    *Taps mic*
    *Clears throat*

    Hi, my name is Luvvie and I’m not an Hip Hop Head. I am only familiar with half of this list. I shall do better.

    *Drops mic*

  • GEMazing

    i would argue that even peri-/post-crackhead Flava Flav made impacts. i mean, he had an impact on my love-hate for reality TV. if it wasn’t for FF, the world may not know lip chap as they do today (thank you Sapphyri). and the hot, raggedy a*s mess that is “New York”?? and lest we forget the public display of his love affair with an awkwardly tall white [and somewhat masculine] woman??

    for better (yeah right) or worse, FF has been imprinted on every one’s mental landscape. *smh* tragic.

    • http://www.myspace.com/chicanextdoor Miss Patterson

      @GEMazing, slow clap, gemmie…preach!

    • http://www.myspace.com/chicanextdoor Miss Patterson

      @GEMazing, slow clap, gemmie…preach!

    • http://insidethemindofadeviant.wordpress.com/ Deviant

      @GEMazing,
      none of that has anything to do with Public Enemy which is what put him on the map and what really matters in the grand scheme of things. PE was the sh!t.

      • GEMazing

        *blank stare* yeah ok your point?? this comment was purposefully aimed at post-PE FF and in direct response to Peej’s comment “There’s something to be said about a pre-crackhead Flavor Flav actually making an impact on anything.”

      • GEMazing

        *blank stare* yeah ok your point?? this comment was purposefully aimed at post-PE FF and in direct response to Peej’s comment “There’s something to be said about a pre-crackhead Flavor Flav actually making an impact on anything.”

    • http://insidethemindofadeviant.wordpress.com/ Deviant

      @GEMazing,
      none of that has anything to do with Public Enemy which is what put him on the map and what really matters in the grand scheme of things. PE was the sh!t.

  • GEMazing

    i would argue that even peri-/post-crackhead Flava Flav made impacts. i mean, he had an impact on my love-hate for reality TV. if it wasn’t for FF, the world may not know lip chap as they do today (thank you Sapphyri). and the hot, raggedy a*s mess that is “New York”?? and lest we forget the public display of his love affair with an awkwardly tall white [and somewhat masculine] woman??

    for better (yeah right) or worse, FF has been imprinted on every one’s mental landscape. *smh* tragic.

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