Top 200 80s & 90s Rap/Hip-Hop songs

Joined Jun 20, 2011
lets compile a list of the top  hip hop songs from the 90s or late 80s...before all these lames came on the scene. I figure this can be a place where children can come and appreciate the roots of the music.

I came up with the idea while listening to "same song" by digital underground so here we go, we can make an order later but as of now im just gonna throw some out. 


**for those of you wanting to expand your music arsenal check out this list we've compiled. there are some awesome throwbacks in here**

*****also if you feel a song does not deserve to be up here, just say which song and why, lets give these youngsters the cream of the crop*********

A Tribe called quest - Award Tour
A Tribe called quest - Scenario

 A Tribe Called Quest - I left My Wallet in El Segundo

[font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]A Tribe Called Quest - Can I Kick It
[/font]AZ - Ho Happy jackie
Arrested Development - Tennessee
Audio Two - Top Billin
B.G. - Cash Money is an army
Bahamadia - Total Wreck
Big L - Danger Zone
Big L- Ebonics
Big L- How Will I Make It
Big L - Put It On
Big Pun ft. Joe - I don't wanna be a player no more
Biz Markie - I Hear Music

Biz Markie- Nobody Beats the Biz
Blackmoon - Who Got The Props
Blacksheep - Flavor of the Month
Bone Thugs - Buddah Lovaz

Brand Nubian- All For One, 

Brand Nubian - Slow Down

Brand Nubian  Punks Jump Up
Busta Rhymes - Woo Haa

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Casual - I Didnt Mean To
Common - I used to love H.E.R
Crash Crew - On The Radio
Crooklyn Dodgers 95 - Return of the Crooklyn Dodgers
&D Allstars - 1, 2 Pass
DJ Kool & Biz Markie - Let Me Clear My Throat

DJ Quik - Born and Raised in Compton

DJ Quik - Tonite

DMX - Here we go again
DMX - How It's Going Down
DMX - Where my Dogs at?
DMX - ruff ryders anthem
Da Youngsta's - In The City
Das EFX - Mic Checka
Das EFX - They Want EFX
De La Soul - A Roller Skating Jam Named Saturdays
Digital Underground - Same Song
Dr.Dre - Let Me Ride
Dr.Dre - Nothin But a "G" Thang
EPMCanibus - 1st Round Knock Out
EPMD - please listen to my demo
East Flatbush Projects - Tried By 12
Eric B & Rakim - Know The Ledge
Eric B. & Rakim - I Ain't No Joke
Fat Pat - Tops Drop
Gangstarr - Full Clip
Geto Boys - My Mind Playing Tricks On Me
Goodie Mob - Soul Food
Grand Puba - I Like It
Hot Boys - We On Fire
Ice Cube - Today Was a Good Day
Illy Funkstas - Ill Make You Famous
Jay-Z - Can I Live
Jay Z - Can't Knock The Hustle
Jay Z - Hard Knock Life
Jay Z - Reasonable Doubt
Jay Z/UGK - Big Pimpin
Juvenile - Ha

KRS-ONE- Outta Here
Kool G Rap - Fast Life
Kool G Rap and DJ Polo - Its a Demo
LL Cool J- Around The Way Girl
LL Cool J ft. DMX, Method Man & Redman - 4,3,2,1
Lord Finesse - Bad Mutha
Lord Finesse - The Funky Technician
Luniz- I Got 5 on it
Masta Ace - Born To Roll
Masta Ace - Terror
Master P - Ice Cream man
Method Man & Redman - How High
Method Man & Redman - Y.O.U.
Method Man, Redman - Da Rockwilder
Mic Geronimo - Sht Is Real
Milk - Get Off my log
Missy Elliot - The Rain
Mobb Deep - Shook Ones II
Mobb Deep - Shook Ones Part II
Mobb Deep - Temperatures Rising
Mos Def - Brooklyn
Mos Def - Mathematics
NWA - F*ck The Police
NWA - Straight Outta Compton
Nas - If I Ruled The World
Nas - NY State Of Mind
Nas - memory lane
Nas feat A.Z. - Life's A $@+!#
Naughty By Nature - OPP
Nine - Wutcha Want?
No limit All Stars - Make em say Uggghhhh!
Notorious B.I.G - Big Poppa
Notorious B.I.G - Gimme Tha Loot
Notorious B.I.G - Hypnotize
Notorious B.I.G - Juicy

Onyx - Throw Ya Guns

Onyx - SLAM!
OutKast ft. Slick Rick- Da Art of Story Tellin Pt. 1
Outkast - Crumblin Erb
Outkast - Elevators
Outkast - Skew it on the Barbie
Outkast ft. Goodie Mob - Git up, Get out
Pete Rock & Cl Smooth - Its a Love Thing
Pete Rock & Cl Smooth - TROY
Puff Daddy & The Family - Mo Money Mo Problems
Raekwon - Guillotine
Run DMC - My Adidas
SWV - Anything
Scarface - I Seen A Man Die
Showbiz & Diamond D - Soul Clap
Showbiz and AG - Under Pressure
Slick Rick - Childrens Story
Snoop Dogg- Gin & Juice
Souls Of Mischief - From 93 Till Infinity
Special Ed - The Mission
The Artifacts - Wrong Side Of The Tracks
The Crooklyn Dodgers - Crooklyn
The Pharcyde - She Said
UGK - Choppin Blades
UGK - Diamond & Wood
UGK - Murder
UGK - Pocket Full Of Stones
Ultramagnetic Mc's - Poppa Large
Will Smith - Gettin Jiggy Wit It
Will Smith - Miami
Will Smith - Summertime
Wu Tang - Bring Da Ruckus
Wu Tang Clan - CREAM

Wu Tang Clan- Protect Ya Neck
2Pac - Do For Love
2Pac - My Block
2pac - Changes
2pac- I get around
2pac - Starin At the World Through My Rearview
2pac- To live and die in L.A.
2pac - california love
3 6 Mafia - Tear Da Club up
3 6 Mafia - Who Run It
8ball & MJG - Break em Off
8ball & MJG - Space Age Pimpin
8ball & MJG feat e-40 and others - Friend Or Foe

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Joined Dec 28, 2004
Nas - Memory lane twice...aint that dope lol jk

i wished they number them so we can
Joined Jun 16, 2005
Too many flaws to point out in this list but I'll just go with SWV is not Hip-Hop. 
Joined Feb 5, 2009
Originally Posted by jc619er

SWV is not Hip-Hop. 

While this is true,the "Anything (Remix)" w/the Wu is an R&B/Hip Hop classic so I can see why that would make the cut.
Joined Jun 1, 2011
You know Wu-Tang's "Triumph" should be on there.

Three 6 & old Cash Money better have made that list
Joined Dec 28, 2003
No Beastie Boys?

No Public Enemy?

You have 3 Will Smith singles! Not even the Jazzy Jeff joints.

This *#+% is ALL *!%%$+ up!
Joined Jun 16, 2005
Originally Posted by illphillip

No Beastie Boys?

No Public Enemy?

You have 3 Will Smith singles! Not even the Jazzy Jeff joints.

This *#+% is ALL *!%%$+ up!
Haha! Trust me that's only a portion of how all kinds of wrong this list is.


formerly atgd7154xbbxmz
Joined Jan 5, 2011
Not only have we've done something like this several times in this forum but to think creating a list now with how you started it off is just pathetic. Plus a lot of your list seems focused on singles for albums and not overall classic songs.

1 Pun song?

1 De La Soul song? %!@+$ don't you know the stakes is high?

No Big Daddy Kane?

No Ghostface Killah?
Joined Aug 30, 2008
Full Clip? Man if that's your only example from Gangstarr you really haven't heard anything, my dude Put "Hard to Earn" on and just sit back; same goes for Both of Jeru da Damaja's first 2 albums (Remember "Come Clean"? CLASSIC!) and Group Home's first album
basically anything off Tribe Called Quests "Low End Theory" or "Midnight Murauders" albums not to mention the classics "Can I Kick It?", "Bonita Applebum" "I left My Wallet in El Segundo" from the first album. INI f/Pete Rock "Fakin' Jacks"

Wu Tang Clan- Protect Ya Neck, Wu Tang Clan Ain't Nothin to F$#K With
Onyx- Throw Ya Guns, SLAM!
KRS-ONE- Outta Here
Brand Nubian- All For One, Slow Down; Punks Jump Up (after Puba split)
Biz Markie- Nobody Beats the Biz, I don't even want to keep going cause I'd be here for days
Joined Jun 20, 2011
okay well instead if criticizing it and not adding anything just shows how negative you are, how about you add insightful contributions so it can IMPROVE...
Joined Jun 20, 2011
so on that note, just say what needs to go and what needs to be added do a format like so

(artist) - (song)

and i will gladly add it
Joined Jun 20, 2011
@jthagreat- ahha i didnt even catch that, thanks tho, i fixed it. and i was exhausted trying to pull them off the top of my head and playlist, i didnt even want to think about numbering them yet

@y2kingsfan - i forgot all about quik, hah tonite brings back so many memories, i was never a fan of born and raised in compton but i added it too
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