Sunday, 26 March 2017

I was on the roads when Da Brat made Give It 2 You

Warning: irksome 90s nostalgia alert! It's the generic list post I've held off making for as long as possible: 100 best rap songs of the 1990s, imho. Let's do it like they did it on the .tv channel.

Brand Nubian - Step To The Rear (1990)
Too $hort - The Ghetto (1990)
Lord Finesse - Funky Technician (1990)
Ice Cube - Once Upon A Time In The Projects (1990)
Public Enemy - 911 Is A Joke (1990)
Compton's Most Wanted - Duck Sick (1990)
Above The Law - Murder Rap (1990)
Ice-T - New Jack Hustler (1991)
Black Sheep - Try Counting Sheep (1991)
N.W.A - Real N*ggaz Don't Die (1991)
Geto Boys - My Mind's Playing Tricks On Me (1991)
Main Source - Looking At The Front Door (1991)
Cypress Hill - Hand On The Pump (1991)
Ultramagnetic MC's - Poppa Large (East Coast Mix) (1992)
Eric B. & Rakim - Juice (Know The Ledge) (1992)
Big Daddy Kane - Nuff Respect (1992)
Mac Dre - All Damn Day (1992)
Mary J. Blige ft. Grand Puba - What's The 411? (1992)
Positive K - How The *?#! Would You Know (1992)
Redman - Tonight's Da Night (1992)
Onyx - Throw Ya Gunz (1992)
Pretty Tone Capone - Case Dismissed (1992)
Dr. Dre - Let Me Ride (1992)
Eazy-E - Still A N*gga (1993)
KMD - What A N*ggy Know (1993)
Eightball & MJG - Armed Robbery (1993)
Kool G. Rap & DJ Polo - Ill Street Blues (1993)
Akinyele - I Luh Huh (1993)
C-Bo - Realer Than Real (1993)
UGK - Pocket Full Of Stones (Port Arthur Remix) (1993)
De La Soul - Breakadawn (1993)
A Tribe Called Quest - Midnight (1993)
Mac Mall - Sic Wit Tis (1993)
K-Rino - Ultimate Flow (1993)
PSK-13 - Headin' For My Trunk (1993)
Del Tha Funkee Homosapien - Wrong Place (1993)
Lil' Slim - Bounce Slide Ride (1993)
Big L - Devil's Son (1993)
Slick Rick ft. Warren G - Behind Bars (Dum Ditty Dum Mix) (1994)
Master P - Somethin' Funky For The Street (1994)
Gang Starr - Code Of The Streets (1994)
Scarface - G's (1994)
Big Mike ft. Pimp C - Havin' Thangs (1994)
The Beatnuts - Hit Me With That (1994)
DJ Quik - Dollars & Sense (1994)
Snoop Doggy Dogg - Murder Was The Case (Remix) (1994)
Tha Dogg Pound - What Would U Do? (1994)
Lady Of Rage - Afro Puffs (1994)
Nas - The World Is Yours (1994)
Craig Mack ft. Notorious B.I.G etc - Flava In Ya Ear (Remix) (1994)
OutKast - Crumblin' Erb (1994)
Bone Thugz-N-Harmony - Creepin' On Ah Come Up (1994)
Organized Konfusion - Keep It Koming (1994)
AZ - Doe Or Die (1995)
Luniz ft. Michael Marshall - I Got 5 On It (1995)
Raekwon - Incarcerated Scarfaces (1995)
ODB - Shimmy Shimmy Ya (1995)
GZA ft. Method Man - Shadowboxin' (1995)
Mystikal - Here I Go (1995)
Goodie Mobb - Cell Therapy (1995)
LL Cool J ft. LeShaun - Doin' It (1995)
Junior M.A.F.I.A - Get Money (1995)
Mobb Deep ft. Raekwon, Ghostface & Noyd - Right Back At You (1995)
E-40 ft. B-Legit & Mac Shon - Sideways (1995)
Smif-N-Wessun - Still Don't Nuthin' Move But Da Money (1996)
Special Ed - Freaky Flow (DJ Premier Remix) (1996)
2Pac ft. Snoop Doggy Dogg - 2 Of Amerikaz Most Wanted (1996)
Common - The Bitch In Yoo (1996)
Lil' Kim ft. Lil' Cease - Crush On You (Remix) (1996)
Dru Down - Hustlin' Ain't No Thang (1996)
Busta Rhymes - Woo Hah!! (Got You All In Check) (1996)
Ghostface Killah & Raekwon ft. Cappadonna - Daytona 500 (1996)
U.N.L.V - Drag 'Em "N" Tha River (1996)
G-Depp - Head Over Wheels (1996)
M.O.P ft. Kool G. Rap - Stick To Ya Gunz (1996)
Do Or Die ft. Twista & Johnny P - Po Pimp (1996)
Big Noyd ft. Prodigy - Recognize & Realize (1996)
Young Bleed - A Fool (1997)
Juvenile - Solja Rag (1997)
Camp Lo - Krystal Karrington (1997)
Khayree ft. Mac Dre - Back 2 My Mission (1997)
Notorious B.I.G - Kick In The Door (1997)
Puffy ft. Bad Boy - It's All About The Benjamins (1997)
Ma$e - Feel So Good (1997)
Mia X ft. TRU & Mystikal - You Don't Wanna Go 2 War (1997)
Capone-N-Noreaga ft. Tragedy Khadafi - Neva Die Alone (1997)
The Firm - Phone Tap (1997)
Suga Free - I'd Rather Give You My Bitch (1997)
Godfather Don - Piece Of The Action (1997)
Black Attack ft. Al Tariq & Problemz - Verbal Attack (1997)
Soulja Slim - From What I Was Told (1998)
DMX - Crime Story (1998)
Casual - Turkey And Dressing (1998)
Celly Cel ft. UGK - Pop The Trunk (1998)
Noreaga - Superthug (1998)
Cam'Ron ft. Ma$e - Horse & Carriage (1998)
Cool Breeze ft. The Dungeon Family - Watch For The Hook (1998)
MF DOOM ft. DJ Cucumber Slice - Rhymes Like Dimes (1999)
Nelly - Country Grammar (Hot Shit) (1999)
Black Rob - Whoa (1999)


The No-Tory us BIG said...

Where the fudge are songs by: Kool Keith/Dr Octagon, The Coup, Big Punisher, Xzibit, Outkast, Jeru the Damaja, Paris, The Roots, Roots Manuva, Lewis Parker, Blak Twang, PJ & Duncan and Zig & Zag?

Si Mane Price said...

OutKast are in there, so's Keith with the G.O.A.T Ultras song of the decade.

Never really listened to The Coup or Xzibit, can't stand Jeru or The Roots, don't like any Paris or Big Pun songs as much as these, UKHH doesn't qualify.

Smell Rell said...

The unedited Country Grammar is pretty thugged out lmso

Ben Jones said...

I can't really argue with any songs on this list but I'm surprised to see a DMX song on here cause you always made it pretty clear you can't stand his music

pg said...


Si Mane Price said...

Cheers, PG 👍

Ben, I like 2 DMX songs - this one and N*ggaz Done Started Somethin'. The rest of his shit sucked to me.

d said...

Just wanna say I like DMX but the Fruit of Islam lad bodied Jay & DMX in that backstage freestyle n am sad he was a victim of Jays blackballing from his first interview. RIP, coulda been you kid

Yohan said...

Damn, that's one comprehensive list. No '93 Wu-Tang cut? And do you think Here I Go is the definitive Mystikal cut?

Si Mane Price said...

Got 4 tracks by Wu-Tang solo members which is enough. Places are tight when you've only got an 100 song remit, and C.R.E.A.M has been overplayed at this point, imo.

Dunno if Here I Go would be the definitive Mystikal track, but it's my favourite. It probably would be the definitive, since it's the one which people tend to remake or beatjack.

Yeldarb said...

Need some Showbiz & AG.

Si Mane Price said...

Kinda wish I'd managed to fit Skinz by Pete & CL + Puba in here somewhere.

hotbox said...

1993 gets 15 songs but 1991 only has 6 :(

Si Mane Price said...

That's because 1993 was the year when regional scenes really started coming with with their own specific sounds.

step one said...

Love all the 'but what about..but no?' comments. It's 100 songs from 10 years ffs.

Si Mane Price said...


L.A said...

I want to kill you for putting Nelly in here lol

Si Mane Price said...

I love the closing trifecta of this playlist: my fave song from one of my fave albums ever, and 2 of the biggest anthems of 2000 which actually dropped in the vinegar stroke months of 1999.

Yohan said...

It's not that black and white step, the reasoning for (not) including a track could be interesting.

Si Mane Price said...

Overplayed 90s classics I never need to hear again:
Nuthin' But A G Thang
Anything by Tha Pharcyde except Officer
93 Til Infinity
Time's Up
Shook Ones 2
Simon Says

Dwyck still not quite reached never-need-to-hear-again status for me despite the fact it's been overplayed to fuck.

step one said...

I think those songs like that are kind of a given simultaneous inclusion and omission due to said overplayed-ness. They're obviously classics but don't really say anything about the list maker's personal taste if you put them in there

Si Mane Price said...

T.R.O.Y isn't even a top 3 Pete & CL tune anyway.

*Drops mic*

L.A said...

Madness. T.R.O.Y is G.O.A.T

Yohan said...

It's almost like a blogpost writes itself, amirite?

GGGGGG said...

That gif tho


'Hit Me With That' the best song from what for many years was my favourite ever rap album.

Had no idea you'd done this, it's the best I've felt since the Cool Britannia days.

Anonymous said...

Apropos of nothing in particular, how come nobody ever really talks about what a great year for rap music 1992 was?