My 5 all-time favorite raps

Freddie BanksFreddie Banks 20 Posts
edited October 2010 in Strut Central
Man these lists get old, don't they? I mean who can ever narrow shit down to JUST FIVE.
Well, I did it. And Im happy about it.
These are my official 5 favorite rap cuts ever, in no particular order:

Microphone Fiend - Eric B & Rakim
La Di Da Di - Slick Rick
Throw Your Hands Up - 8 Ball, MJG, and Outkast
What Would You Do - Dogg Pound
Triumph - Wu Tang

Obviously sentiment played a part in my choices (as it would in yours, Im assuming).

YOUR ALL TIME 5, GO!
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  • HarveyCanalHarveyCanal "a distraction from my main thesis." 13,234 Posts
    Off the top of my head...

    Life Is Too $hort
    I Got It Made
    Jeep Azz Nigguh
    Set It Off
    I Know U Got Soul

    Went for the raps most permenently embedded on my brain. Sure I could come up with 50-eleven replacements within 5 more minutes of thinking about it though.

  • HarveyCanalHarveyCanal "a distraction from my main thesis." 13,234 Posts
    See, already...how could I have left out Richie Rch's verse from the I Got 5 on It remix?

    "The zips be so fluffy, the whole Town love me."

  • WoimsahWoimsah 1,734 Posts
    Big L on Show & Ag "Represent" (too many to name)
    Biggie on 95 Freestyle Live (sorry, cliche)
    Kane's first verse on "Long Live The Kane" tied w/ KRS on "Love's Gonna Getcha"
    Erick Sermon on "Rampage" just bc his voice works so so well here
    Kool Keith on "Chorus Line"

    so many I'm forgetting -- not particularly crazy about the above list.

  • BigKBigK 97 Posts
    Just verses? Or whole songs?

    Verses -
    -Slick Rick's last verse on Lick the Balls
    -middle verse of Pharcyde's Runnin
    -Kool G Rap's verse on Know Da Game
    -Def Jef's verse on Shaq's Skillz (don't sleep, lol)
    -BDK's first verse on Set It Off

  • Oh sorry, I meant full tracks.
    But top 5 verses/lines is an even better question. Run with that, if you will.

  • sticky_dojahsticky_dojah New York City. 2,133 Posts
    This is 1-5 of my alltimers...


  • BreezBreez 1,706 Posts
    This is a hard call. Since it says "raps" and not "songs" I'm guessing this is just lyrics.

    Big Daddy Kane - "RAW" (1st Verse)
    Gza - "Shadow Boxin" (Meth's Verse)
    Biggie - "Kick in the Door" (1st Verse)
    Mobb Deep - "Shook Ones Pt. 2" (Prodigy's Verse)
    Eminem - "Any man" (1st Verse)

  • DJ_EnkiDJ_Enki 6,471 Posts
    If I sit here and think about it, I'm gonna end up with a list of 50 instead of 5, so I'm just gonna go straight off the dome with it:

    Pos on "I Am I Be"
    LL Cool J on "Rampage"
    Pharoahe Monch on "Extinction Agenda"
    Kool G Rap "Streets of New York" (both verses)
    Ice Cube on "A Bird in the Hand"

  • dj_cityboydj_cityboy 1,449 Posts
    The Message - GrandMasterFlash
    La Di Da Di - Slick Rick
    Microphone Fiend - Eric B & Rakim
    Rappin' and Rockin' The House - Funky 4 + 1

    tough for #5 its impossible for me to pic between these two tracks, one being the essence of hiphop (BDP) and what Criminal Minded meant to the hiphop culture, but man Prince kills this track so much thats its such a hard toss up...and w/ Jazzy killing it the way he does...

    He's The D.J., I'm The Rapper - DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
    Criminal Minded - BDP

  • batmonbatmon 27,574 Posts
    A child is born with no state of mind
    Blind to the ways of mankind
    God is smilin' on you but he's frownin' too
    Because only God knows what you'll go through
    You'll grow in the ghetto livin' second-rate
    And your eyes will sing a song called deep hate
    The places you play and where you stay
    Looks like one great big alleyway
    You'll admire all the number-book takers
    Thugs, pimps and pushers and the big money-makers
    Drivin' big cars, spendin' twenties and tens
    And you'll wanna grow up to be just like them, huh
    Smugglers, scramblers, burglars, gamblers
    Pickpocket peddlers, even panhandlers
    You say I'm cool, huh, I'm no fool
    But then you wind up droppin' outta high school
    Now you're unemployed, all non-void
    Walkin' round like you're Pretty Boy Floyd
    Turned stick-up kid, but look what you done did
    Got sent up for a eight-year bid
    Now your manhood is took and you're a Maytag
    Spend the next two years as a undercover fag
    Bein' used and abused to serve like hell
    'til one day, you was found hung dead in the cell
    It was plain to see that your life was lost
    You was cold and your body swung back and forth
    But now your eyes sing the sad, sad song
    Of how you lived so fast and died so young so...
    ---------------------------------------------------------------------

  • dj_cityboydj_cityboy 1,449 Posts
    batmon said:

    its deep shit man, i'll never forget hearing it for the first time (about 84ish), it was only a few years after it dropped, oddly enough my uncle had it at the time, first hiphop i ever heard, we sat in his trans-am with the t-bar roof and shit at a rollerskating rink pumping it outside...lol

  • haze25haze25 759 Posts
    Songs as of right now, will change once i hit submit.


    Nas -"The World Is Yours"
    Wu Tang Clan -"C.R.E.A.M"
    Jay-Z -"D'evils"
    Notorious B.I.G -"Niggas Bleed"
    Outkast "Aquemini"



    Verses



    Nas "Live At The BBQ"
    Jay-Z -"D'eveils (2nd Verse)
    Canibus '97 DJ Clue Freestyle
    Big Pun "Super Lyrical" (featuring Black Who?)
    Inspectah Deck 'Triumph"






    peace,xavier

  • Phill_MostPhill_Most 4,594 Posts
    Mele Mel - Beat Street Breakdown (King Of The Streets gets honorable mention)
    LL Cool J - Live At After Midnight, 1984
    Kool Moe Dee- vs Busy Bee, 1981
    Rakim - Lyrics Of Fury
    Kool G Rap - Men At Work

  • BigKBigK 97 Posts
    Phill With 2 Ls said:

    Kool Moe Dee- vs Busy Bee, 1981

    The Moe Dee verse? Or the baw ditty baw bullshit?

    I'm partial to the baw ditty baw bullshit myself

  • Big_ChanBig_Chan 5,088 Posts
    1. Dylan
    2. Dylan
    3. Dylan
    4. Dylan
    5. Dylan

    "Because I spit hot fire!" LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  • jleejlee 1,539 Posts
    DJ_Enki said:
    Ice Cube on "A Bird in the Hand"

    all 5 (or more) of mine could come from this album.

  • batmonbatmon 27,574 Posts
    I spot MC's on BET with the fake zirconia bezel Rolex

    Lookin like virgin with the see-through back bought from

    the Indian kid off the rack -- sterling silver delivery

    Y'all tryin to fool me actin bougie with the platinum wannabe

    It look real, stainless steel appeal, that's not the Presidential

    Let's keep it confidential; you ordered that fuckin kit

    in the ad in The Source boss -- step up your rep up

    in genuine fashion I caught your ass in;

    with your name on the rented car lease

    Feathered top hat, zoot suits with vinyl alligator boots

    Extreme dream with no apartment space

    You frontin in the fly ride and empty place

    with your rent due on the first of the month

    Your second month you exit, portrayin to girls

    like you everything in the world

    Fuck master, prepare to face disaster as I pass ya

    Movin Galactica with no capacity

    You ain't got enough to buy a small soda in Johnny Rocket's, B

    Posin with baldhead black girls with a Florida tan

    tryin to act like you the man

    Starstruck with one buck, your girl look like Donald Duck

    Party-figure perpetrator, undercover hater

    Smell your cheap cologne in the elevator

    Dope you smoke, half of y'all can't never touch the mink coat

    with your four carat white gold you look like you're pantomiming

    Tryin to rhyme off of unflexible facial bone structure

    I crush ya, down to the paso

    like spicy foods burnin through your asshole

    Remember I did the damage to your lasso

    then threw your Pampers in a manhole; your engineer walked away

    with ponytails like Annie Mae, laughin and talkin the other way

    You was the first rapper to pull out grease

    and turn your butt the other way

    Your girl think you're tough, big buff and rough

  • ketanketan Warmly booming riffs 2,962 Posts
    DJ_Enki said:
    If I sit here and think about it, I'm gonna end up with a list of 50 instead of 5, so I'm just gonna go straight off the dome with it:

    Pos on "I Am I Be"
    LL Cool J on "Rampage"
    Pharoahe Monch on "Extinction Agenda"
    Kool G Rap "Streets of New York" (both verses)
    Ice Cube on "A Bird in the Hand"

    ...and I'm looking at your list, so I'm going to say:

    My Summer Vacation (the whole song)
    Eminem on What's the Difference
    Pharoah - Simon Says (this whole list could be pharoah)
    Kwest - 101 Things... (ALBUM VERSION)
    Kool G Rap - It's A Shame (the whole song)

  • no order -- first five that come to mind --

    krumbsnatcha's verse on gangstarr - make em pay
    black thought on quills.
    bootlegs verse on dayton family - blood bath
    pig pun / fat joe freestyle on funk flex 2
    gfk - nutmeg

  • djkingottodjkingotto 1,704 Posts
    off the top in no particular order and would probably be different next every i answer...

    #1
    batmon said:
    A child is born with no state of mind
    Blind to the ways of mankind
    God is smilin' on you but he's frownin' too
    Because only God knows what you'll go through
    You'll grow in the ghetto livin' second-rate
    And your eyes will sing a song called deep hate
    The places you play and where you stay
    Looks like one great big alleyway
    You'll admire all the number-book takers
    Thugs, pimps and pushers and the big money-makers
    Drivin' big cars, spendin' twenties and tens
    And you'll wanna grow up to be just like them, huh
    Smugglers, scramblers, burglars, gamblers
    Pickpocket peddlers, even panhandlers
    You say I'm cool, huh, I'm no fool
    But then you wind up droppin' outta high school
    Now you're unemployed, all non-void
    Walkin' round like you're Pretty Boy Floyd
    Turned stick-up kid, but look what you done did
    Got sent up for a eight-year bid
    Now your manhood is took and you're a Maytag
    Spend the next two years as a undercover fag
    Bein' used and abused to serve like hell
    'til one day, you was found hung dead in the cell
    It was plain to see that your life was lost
    You was cold and your body swung back and forth
    But now your eyes sing the sad, sad song
    Of how you lived so fast and died so young so...
    ---------------------------------------------------------------------

    #2 rakim - my rhyme ain't done
    #3 chill rob g - ride the rhythm
    #4 bdp - poetry
    #5 kool g rap - road to riches

  • jjrocksjjrocks 109 Posts
    Cee-lo "Big Ole Words (Damn)"
    Outkast "ATliens" (dre's verses)
    Biggie "I got a story to tell"
    Snoop "Lodi Dodi"
    And something relatively recent:

    So I'm watchin' her fine ass
    Walk to my bedroom, and thought to myself
    That's the shape of things to come
    She said, Why you in the club, you don't make it precipitate?
    You know, make it rain when you can make it thunderstorm
    I'm like, Why?
    The world needs sun
    The hood needs funds
    There's a war going on and half the battle is guns
    How dare I throw it on the floor
    When people are poor
    So I write like Edgar Allen to restore, got a cord-
    Umbilical attached to a place that can't afford
    No landscaping, Or window draping
    This old lady told me,
    If I ain't got nothin' good, say nathing
    That's why I don't talk much
    I swear it don't cost much, to pay attention to me
    I tell like it is, and I tell it how it could be
    The hood be
    Requesting my services, Oh don't get nervous it's
    Step yo game up time, These ain't them same old rhymes
    Designed to have you dancin' in some club
    Niggas write to me
    Woman be up in they tub
    Expoliating with hey pom poms
    Yellin' GO 3000!
    I'm in my whatever bumpin' Mois
    A 100 miles in
    Runnin' Runnin' Runnin' Runnin'
    Summon
    Woman
    Come in
    Sit down, heard you need some plumbing
    Done in
    I'm in
    A swell mood
    A rather swoll mood
    Until she told me that she told dude
    That she'll be back, she's going to the store
    I didn't know she had a boyfriend, so the door
    I pointed her to
    I said, Call me when ya'll break up
    I don't fuck nobody bitch
    And never own a Jacob, know what time it is
    Nigga just tryin' to live
    Like a Nigga supposed to live
    If I still drink that malt liquor
    I pour the beer
    On the ground for niggas not around
    I started off starvin'
    Now they got me out here Brett Farve'n
    Trynna see if I still got it... (got it...)
    I guess it's like a bike think about it...
    (oh oh oh no no)
    ... bout it... bout it... (oh oh oh no no)
    Oh oh oh...

  • MjukisMjukis 1,675 Posts
    Knee-jerk mindgarden top 5:

    Pete Rock & CL Smooth - T.R.O.Y.
    Scarface - Now I feel ya
    Big L - Put it on
    Z-Ro - Platinum
    ...and GZAs verse on "Street Corner".

  • staxwaxstaxwax 1,474 Posts
    batmon said:
    A child is born with no state of mind
    Blind to the ways of mankind
    God is smilin' on you but he's frownin' too
    Because only God knows what you'll go through
    You'll grow in the ghetto livin' second-rate
    And your eyes will sing a song called deep hate
    The places you play and where you stay
    Looks like one great big alleyway
    You'll admire all the number-book takers
    Thugs, pimps and pushers and the big money-makers
    Drivin' big cars, spendin' twenties and tens
    And you'll wanna grow up to be just like them, huh
    Smugglers, scramblers, burglars, gamblers
    Pickpocket peddlers, even panhandlers
    You say I'm cool, huh, I'm no fool
    But then you wind up droppin' outta high school
    Now you're unemployed, all non-void
    Walkin' round like you're Pretty Boy Floyd
    Turned stick-up kid, but look what you done did
    Got sent up for a eight-year bid
    Now your manhood is took and you're a Maytag
    Spend the next two years as a undercover fag
    Bein' used and abused to serve like hell
    'til one day, you was found hung dead in the cell
    It was plain to see that your life was lost
    You was cold and your body swung back and forth
    But now your eyes sing the sad, sad song
    Of how you lived so fast and died so young so...
    ---------------------------------------------------------------------


    Melle Mel = GOAT

    cosine on BDK,


    BDP the first verse on this - is hard as hell.(imo krs one kept killing everyone lyrically right up until sex & violence),


    Kool G Rap


    RAKIM


    further mention goes to lord finesse, big l - the list goes on and on - so many greats.

    Also: Ice Cube on 'Straight out of Compton' the first time you heard that???


    DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAMN!

  • El PrezEl Prez NE Ohio 1,141 Posts
    -G Raps verse on The Symphony..... put out more lights in a fight than Con Edision....

    - KRS 1 on Part time Sucker.....its called vocabulary. difficult, isn't it ? At least is looks that way when you witness it .Kill (kill? ) meaning to deprive of life Fiancee: future wife

    - LL Cool J on Rock the Bells.....on the microphone you will never recoup......

    - T La Rock on It's yours.....commentating, illustrating........

    -Nas on Live at the BBQ......street disciple my rhymes are trifle.....

  • BigKBigK 97 Posts
    jjrocks said:

    Snoop "Lodi Dodi"

    No love for the original version?

  • batmonbatmon 27,574 Posts
    jjrocks said:
    Snoop "Lodi Dodi"...

    Massive Fail

    b/w

    Young Holt Unlimited Plays Superfly > Curtis Mayfield - Superfly

  • DJ_EnkiDJ_Enki 6,471 Posts
    ketan said:
    DJ_Enki said:
    If I sit here and think about it, I'm gonna end up with a list of 50 instead of 5, so I'm just gonna go straight off the dome with it:

    Pos on "I Am I Be"
    LL Cool J on "Rampage"
    Pharoahe Monch on "Extinction Agenda"
    Kool G Rap "Streets of New York" (both verses)
    Ice Cube on "A Bird in the Hand"

    ...and I'm looking at your list, so I'm going to say:

    My Summer Vacation (the whole song)
    Eminem on What's the Difference
    Pharoah - Simon Says (this whole list could be pharoah)
    Kwest - 101 Things... (ALBUM VERSION)
    Kool G Rap - It's A Shame (the whole song)

    That Kwest song cracks me up--especially the shit at the end: "While you working at Mickey D's, your girl's working on DEEEEEEEZ!"

    b/w

    I wanna change my Kool G Rap nod from "Streets of New York" to "Kool Is Back" :hard_as_fuck:

  • CosmoCosmo 9,767 Posts
    This came on the iPod while shopping at Trader Joe's this morning and it made me think of this thread.



    Then for some reason the second thing that I thought of was Dre's verse off this.



    I will think of 3 more things soon...

  • CosmoCosmo 9,767 Posts
    DJ_Enki said:

    I wanna change my Kool G Rap nod from "Streets of New York" to "Kool Is Back" :hard_as_fuck:

    Now we're talking.

  • batmonbatmon 27,574 Posts
    DJ_Enki said:

    I wanna change my Kool G Rap nod from "Streets of New York" to "Kool Is Back" :hard_as_fuck:

    Big difference..... :game_over:
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