December 8, 2012

No, I’m Not The Rolling Stones, But I Get Stoned With a Little Help from My Friends

If only there were some loser out there with nothing better to do in LA on a Saturday night than make a succinct list of Rolling Stone‘s “The 50 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs of All Time” through which one does not have to scroll.

I do love how Rolling Stone had only four pics on the front page.  This gave ‘em a tremendous amount of street cred.  These are indeed my picks for Mt. Rapmore.  And there is no other realistic answer.

“[a bunch of stuff too harsh for my blog post readers]… and we gave him the Rolling Stone cover?”

- “Kill You,” The Marshall Mathers LP, Eminem, 2000

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Although it depends upon how you happen to be Defining Greatness.  According to me, there are nine elements:

  1. Range
  2. Volume
  3. Longevity
  4. Influence
  5. Skill
  6. Critical Success
  7. Commercial Success
  8. Innovation
  9. Transcendence

So, turning from artists to tracks, keep in mind these are not the 50 best songs of all time but the 50 greatest.

Here’s the list:

  • 50:  “B.O.B.” – Outkast
  • 49:  “Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel” – Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five
  • 48:  “The Symphony” – Marley Marl
  • 47:  “That’s The Joint” – Funky 4 + 1
  • 46:  “Push It” – Salt-N-Pepa
  • 45:  “Lost Ones” – Lauryn Hill
  • 44:  “Me, Myself and I” – De La Soul
  • 43:  “Top Billin’” – Audio Two
  • 42:  “South Bronx” – Boogie Down Productions
  • 41:  “California Love” – 2Pac and Dr. Dre
  • 40:  “The Breaks” – Kurtis Blow
  • 39:  “My Name Is…” – Eminem
  • 38:  “Get Ur Freak On” – Missy Elliot
  • 37:  “It Was a Good Day” – Ice Cube
  • 36:  “Rosa Parks” – Outkast
  • 35:  “Shook Ones Part II” – Mobb Deep
  • 34:  “P.S.K. What Does It Mean?” – Schoolly D
  • 33:  “99 Problems” – Jay-Z
  • 32:  “Jesus Walks” – Kanye West
  • 31:  “N.Y. State of Mind” – Nas
  • 30:  “Hypnotize” – Notorious B.I.G.
  • 29:  “Mama Said Knock You Out” – LL Cool J
  • 28:  “Lose Yourself” – Eminem
  • 27:  “Flava in Ya Ear (Remix)” – Craig Mack, Rampage, Notorious B.I.G., LL Cool J, Busta Rhymes
  • 26:  “Scenario” – A Tribe Called Quest
  • 25:  “Ain’t No Half Steppin’” – Big Daddy Kane
  • 24:  “It Takes Two” – Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock
  • 23:  “I Know You Got Soul” – Eric B. and Rakim
  • 22:  “Strictly Business” – EPMD
  • 21:  “Rock The Bells” – LL Cool J
  • 20:  “In Da Club” – 50 Cent
  • 19:  “Paul Revere” – The Beastie Boys
  • 18:  “Dear Mama” – 2Pac
  • 17:  “Peter Piper” – Run-DMC
  • 16:  “Big Pimpin’” – Jay-Z feat. UGK
  • 15:  “Fuck Tha Police” – N.W.A.
  • 14:  “Rebel Without a Pause” – Public Enemy
  • 13:  “La Di Da Di” – Doug E. Fresh and the Get Fresh Crew
  • 12:  “They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)” – Pete Rock and C.L. Smooth
  • 11:  “C.R.E.A.M.” – Wu-Tang Clan
  • 10:  “Paid in Full” – Eric B. and Rakim
  • 9:  “Straight Outta Compton” – N.W.A.
  • 8:  “Juicy” – Notorious B.I.G.
  • 7:  “Fight The Power” – Public Enemy
  • 6:  “Nuttin’ But a ‘G’ Thang” – Dr. Dre feat. Snoop Doggy Dogg
  • 5:  “Mind Playing Tricks on Me” – Geto Boys
  • 4:  “Sucker M.C.’s” – Run-DMC
  • 3:  “Planet Rock” – Afrika Bambaataa & the Soul Sonic Force
  • 2:  “Rapper’s Delight” – Sugarhill Gang
  • 1:  “The Message” – Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five

I can get with this.  But no Bone Thugs-N-Harmony or Cypress Hill?  I mean, I even entitled this post w/ a CH lyric.  (Even if they mixed up the Stones and the Beatles.  But hey, they were prolly stoned.)

IMHO, the best is #24.

But this argument “can’t stop, won’t stop.”

 
1 Comment  Add Your Own
  • SK said:

    #28!

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