Thursday 23 March 2023

Generic list post: Lucky 13

3's company and I'm out here tryna repair the number 13's bad reputation. So lemme hit you with my top 13 Rap songs from 1983, 1993, 2003 and 2013. Originally planned to do each top 13 in order of preference, but ranking songs in lists is for fools, fanboys and folks whose editing finger is less itchy than mine. Like Real Lies said: numbers rule my life, but I'm a man of words.

Best Rap songs of 1983 IMHO:
Run-D.M.C - Sucker M.C's
Jimmy Spicer - Money (Dollar Bill Y'all)
Spoonie Gee - The Big Beat (7" edit)
Rammellzee Vs. K-Rob - Beat Bop
Herbie Hancock ft. Grand Mixer D.ST - Rockit
Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde - Gettin' Money
Disco Four - Throwdown
Cybotron - Clear
Beastie Boys - Cooky Puss
Jonzun Crew - Space Is The Place
Grand Master Melle Mel - White Lines (Don't Do It)
The Furious Five - New York New York
Hashim - Al-Naayfiysh (The Soul)

Best Rap songs of 1993 IMHO:
Snoop Doggy Dogg - Tha Shiznit
De La Soul - Breakadawn
A Tribe Called Quest - Electric Relaxation
UGK - Pocket Full Of Stones (Pimp C remix)
Kool G. Rap & DJ Polo - Ill Street Blues
2Pac ft. Digital Underground - I Get Around
Notorious B.I.G - Party & Bullshit
Eightball and MJG - Armed Robbery
Wu Tang Clan - C.R.E.A.M
Pete Rock & CL Smooth - One In A Million
Mac Mall - Sic Wit Tis
Digable Planets - Escapism (Gettin' Free)
Geto Boys - It Ain't

Best Rap songs of 2003 IMHO:
T.I. - Be Better Than Me
The Diplomats - Dipset Anthem
King Geedorah ft. Mr. Fantastik - Anti-Matter
Mac Dre - Dipped When You See Me
Ghostface ft. Jadakiss - Run
Andre Nickatina - Conversation With A Devil
David Banner - Cadillac On 22's
Too $hort - Burn Rubber
Freeway ft. Peedi Crakk - Flipside
Bubba Sparxxx - Jimmy Mathis
Blaq Poet - Poet's Comin
Twista ft. KanYe Pest & Jamie Foxx - Slow Jamz
5th Ward Weebie - Supa Sunday In N.O

Best Rap songs of 2013 IMHO:
Max B - Take A Flick
Ezale - Foreal Foreal
Migos - Hannah Montana
YG ft. Rich Homie Quan & Jeezy - My N*gga
Mouse On Tha Track ft. Level - Get It Back
Gunplay - Drop Da Tint
Lil' Wayne ft. 2 Chainz - Rich As F*ck
Grip Plyaz - Ray Lewis
Boldy James - Moochie
Rocko ft. Future & Rick Ross - U.O.E.N.O.
Uncle Murda ft. Rocko - Wu Wuu Wuuu
Z Money - Regular
Suga Free & Pimpin' Young ft. Nate Dogg - 15 Minutes To 5

Bonus beats: Mac Dre's Pawns In The Game also dropped in 2013. Possibly my favourite unreleased 90s Rap song to finally see the light of day last decade.


Dank said...

Was "15 Minutes To 5" the last great Nate Dogg chorus?

Spartan said...

Tha Shiznit really should have been a single, imo.

Kelvin Mack10zie said...

Dank, yes. Although there's another good song with a Nate Dogg hook on the Suga Free & Pimpin' Young EP.

Spart, I concur. Ditto Lodi Dodi, Ain't No Fun and Gz and Hustlas. Basically, top 5 album of all time.

Anonymous said...

I’ll never forgive Rick Ross for ruining Rocko’s comeback.

Kelvin Mack10zie said...

😄 his single Mouse did that year my was jam too.

Anonymous said...

What was the name of that Suga Free EP?

Kelvin Mack10zie said...

Blood Makes You Related. It later got expanded into a full album.

Yohan said...

Great lists, very similar to mine which probably means your tastes have influenced me a fair bit in the past few years. Will probably be a stickler for pointing out that Digable Planets song is from 1992. My personal Digable Planets song of choice would be Where I'm From.

West Coast rap was down bad in the early 00s.

Kelvin Mack10zie said...

Re: Digable, well spotted that the single dropped in '92. Okay, I'm gonna swap it for Escapism (Gettin' Free).

Andrew Barber said...

no streiht up menace for the 9-3?????

Kelvin Mack10zie said...

Honourable mention status.