70 | DJ Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince - "Parents Just Don't Understand" | Download|
The soundtrack to childhood rebellion.
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 prowess 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 the charm with "Can't Knock the Hustle." It's 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 brought 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-aided remix is equally fascinating.
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.
61 | Slum Village - "Reunion" | Download|
It's all love in the D, as Slum Villa make nice over a poignant beat.