A Tribe Called Quest - "Show Business" Album: The Low End Theory 1991
"Show Business" was initially titled "Georgie Porgie" and was a song about hating gays. Q-Tip and Phife Dawg were homophobic back then, and fortunately for them, their label decided to not release the song as "Georgie Porgie" but had everyone rewrite their verses. Since then, all members of the tribe have understood their mistake of being homophobic, and even openly spoke about it on their 2016 track "We The People..." This story is a big part of why I love this song; the tribe changed their attitude towards homosexuals and openly admitted their mistakes.
JAY-Z, Kanye West - "Ni**as In Paris" Album: Watch The Throne 2011
When I think of iconic rap songs, "Nwords in paris" is one of the first to pop up in my mind. Two legends rapping over a F*CKING sick beat is destined to be great. I would've put this song even higher on the list, but I have it as my alarm in the morning so I also kinda hate it
Childish Gambino f/ Chance - "The Worst Guys" Album: Because The Internet 2013
The Worst Guys is one of those songs you can listen to at any time, and it will just make you happy. My favorites songs will often have special moments connected to it, and The Worst Guys is just a iconic tune for me and my friends. Probably my #1 aux song
Kanye West f/ Pusha T - "Runaway" Album: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy 2010
I definitely love Runaway, but it will never come close to my top 10 of all time. It might come as a shock to some, because Runaway is considered by most to be Kanye's best song, and also one of the very best rap songs ever. It also is, but there are still so many good songs out there, that outshines it.
I love this song soo much. The chorus is outstanding and really catchy, and the message is great. My best friend got an A analyzing this for his english exam. I got an A for analyzing another song, which will be revealed later... 😳
I know many find this song (and j.cole in general for that matter) really corny, but it's just a feel-good song with an iconic story. I love how Cole makes this so personal and intimate. Great flows from Cole and addiciting beat, what's not to like?
Tyler raps his best ever verse on Telephone Calls, and marks himself as a legendary feature. I'll be completely honest and say that his verse is the sole reason for this song being on my list. Walk, Gleesh, Walk!
2Pac, Roger, Dr. Dre - "California Love" Album: All Eyez On Me 1996
I don't know what happened to the original version on Spotify, but the original one is my favorite. Roger Troutman brought electronic voices to hiphop, and made it sound excellent. The iconic hook still sound fresh today, and Dre's and Pac's rapping was the perfect duo.
"Change" is the perfect summation of 4 Your Eyez Only. Cole's storytelling is undefeated on this album, and the story that this song holds is both beautiful and terrifying. Cole's flow on "Change" is perfect, the beat is alright as well, but what really stands out is the lyrics. It's difficult to explain how I feel about this song, but just know, it's really important to me
Some of the icons seen in this theme are being used pursuant to a Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The copyright owners of these icons are Webdesigner Depot (the announcement icon) and Iconshock (the microphone icons on the forum pages, star icon, and poll icon). The microphone icons seen on the home page are being used pursuant to a Freeware Non-Commercial License with McDo Design (Susumu Yoshida). In accordance with these licenses, redistribution of the icons is not permitted. Please visit the owners' respective sites, linked above, if you wish to use these images.