70 | DJ Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince - "Parents Just Don't Understand" | Download|
Ah, the perfect soundtrack to teenage rebellion. Memories, man.
69 | Snoop Dogg - "Gin and Juice" | Download|
Following 93's "Nuthin' But a G Thang," Snoop teamed up with Dr. Dre for yet another surefire hit in "Gin & Juice," off the critically lauded DoggyStyle. All the splendid elements of west coast g-funk are mashed up in this anthem.
68 | Common - "The 6th Sense" | Download|
Common and DJ Premier caught this lightening in a bottle at the dawn of the century. It's a quintessential moment of uplift that owes as much to Premier's production as it does to Common's lyrical ingenuity.
67 | Jay Z ft. Mary J Blige - "Can't Knock The Hustle" | Download|
Jay didn't come out the gate banging. After two mildly received singles, third time proved to be the charm with "Can't Knock the Hustle" -- a timeless tune that still gets heads bobbing decades later.
66 | Lauryn Hill - "Everything Is Everything" | Download|
L'Boogie had so many gems on her solo debut, but "Everything Is Everything" was the Stickum that held the rest of the album together.
65 | Mos Def - "Umi Says" | Download|
A sprawling piece from Mighty Mos Def's stellar debut, Black on Both Sides.
64 | Jadakiss - "Why" | Download|
Jadakiss hooked up with Havoc for this moment of reflection on a wide array of social issues. The Common-assisted remix is equally fascinating. It's also the first of many rap songs to namedrop future president Barack Obama.
63 | 50 Cent - "Many Men (Wish Death)" | Download|
As deadly as the bullets that pierced his skin and nearly claimed his life.
62 | Souls of Mischief - "93 'Til Infinity" | Download
Rumor has it this song has launched more rap careers than Steve Rifkind.