90 | Method Man ft. Mary J Blige - "All I Need" | Download |
The story goes that Method Man approached this collaboration with slight hesitation. But when Def Jam showed up at his door with a Benz and an opportunity to work with an icon, he reconsidered. The outcome? Arguably the greatest rap and R&B collaboration of all time.
89 | GZA - "Fame" | Download |
In which GZA creatively weaves a story around celebrity names. A concept so powerful that it's been emulated by several emcees. Brownsville rapper Ka reworked the idea on "Off the Record," from 2013's The Night's Gambit
88 | Xzibit - "What U See Is What U Get" | Download |
Arguably DMX's biggest and brightest hit to date, "What U See Is What U Get" reached No. 50 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1998.
87 | Ghostface ft. Mary J Blige - "All That I Got Is You" | Download |
No hard-hitting drums, no hyperbolic threats. Just Mary J. Blige's tears and Ghostface Killah's somber rhymes.
86 | Ultramagnetic MC's - "Ego Trippin'" | Download |
Not only is "Ego Trippin'" an undeniable masterpiece, it's also responsible for introducing the world to an eccentric figure named Kool Keith. It merits inclusion based on that point alone.
84 | The Luniz - "I Got 5 On It" | Download |
"I Got 5 On It" was the official anthem for broke fiends everywhere. It's also special for adding a new terminology to hip-hop lingo.
83 | Akrobatik - "Remind My Soul" | Download |
Akrobatik reminds his peers to be careful about what they're teaching the youngins. Ak's code of ethics is simple: If it makes Bob Marley turn in his grave, don't do it.
82 | M.O.P. - "How About Some Hardcore" | Download |
M.O.P. earned a near-iconic status in the game because of unforgettable songs like "How About Some Hardcore" and "Ante Up." This is quintessential M.O.P: loud, hard, and memorable. How about some respect?
81 | Ice Cube - "It Was A Good Day" | Download |
A good day in L.A. must have been at a premium when Ice Cube penned this stellar track. The video for "It Was a Good Day" follows Cube through an astonishingly peaceful day in South Central L.A. The song is exactly 4:20 in length, but I'm sure that's a mere coincidence.