90 | Method Man ft. Mary J Blige - "All I Need" | Download |
Method Man hesitated at first, but when Def Jam showed up at his door with a Benz and an opportunity to craft one of the greatest rap and R&B collaborations, he couldn't resist.
89 | GZA - "Fame" | Download |
GZA creatively weaves a story around celebrity names.
88 | Xzibit - "What U See Is What U Get" | Download |
Arguably X'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 tear-jerk crooning and GFK's emotion-laden words.
86 | Ultramagnetic MC's - "Ego Trippin'" | Download |
Aside from the fact that "Ego Trippin'" is an undeniable hip-hop masterwork, it's also responsible for introducing the world to an eccentric figure named Kool Keith. It merits inclusion based on that point alone.
85 | The Fugees - "Fu-gee-La" | Download |
If anyone ever tells you that creativity and commercial appeal are mutually exclusive, simply point them to this song.
84 | The Luniz - "I Got 5 On It" | Download |
"I Got 5 On It" was the official anthem for broke fiends everywhere. It also introduced a new terminology to hip-hop lingo.
83 | Akrobatik - "Remind My Soul" | Download |
On this underappreciated gem, 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. attained legendary status in the proverbial game because of songs like "How About Some Hardcore" and "Ante Up." Respect is due.
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 tune. 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 coincidence.