5. Gang Starr - "Mass Appeal"
Hard to Earn contained several songs, including this tongue-in-cheek hit, that hinted at the Gang Starr's frustration with the rap scene. Musically, it's as smooth as summer songs go.
4. Wu-Tang Clan - "C.R.E.A.M."
Never has there been a wildly influential hip-hop song so soothing by a group so blunt as Wu-Tang's "C.R.E.A.M." That, my friends, is the genius of RZA.
3. Notorious B.I.G. - "Juicy"
"Juicy" is my favorite Biggie song of all-time. It's a rare moment of self-introspection from him. Biggie died three years later, but this song lives on in the summertime through those who remember the fabulous days of The Source and Mr. Magic.
2. Craig Mack - "Flava in Ya Ear" (The Notorious B.I.G., Mack, Rampage, LL Cool J and Busta Rhymes)
Craig Mack may be a one-hit phenom, but we'll always remember him for this larger-than-life tune which combines some of the biggest enchiladas in 90s rap.
1. Snoop Dogg - "Gin & Juice"
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.