THIS IS YOUR ANTHEM, BOYEEE!!!
this video is so powerful. this is like the civil rights movement of the 80's.
not too many rappers could bring i like chuck B!!
This video and music is the sh**!!!! Very powerful message. The beat, the music, the sampling, tough to say this is not the best. But, as I've said about Rapper's Delight, if they remade the video, it could be better. First time I heard this soing, I knew it was a hit. After I saw the video, I could not get the image out of my mind. Yeeeeeeeeaaaaah boyyyyy!
This is my list of top 25 (if anyone cares).
I know it's heavy on older, East Coast rap, but that's what I grew up on.
1. "Rock Box," Run-DMC - This was the first rap album I ever owned, mainly for this song. Epic.
2. "Rebel Without A Pause," Public Enemy - A blistering sonic assault. Taught me that hip-hop had a conscience.
3. "Shook Ones, Part II," Mobb Deep - One of the most haunting tracks ever recorded, in any genre.
4. "I Ain't No Joke," Eric B & Rakim. Pound for pound, Rakim is the greatest MC of all time. It all started with him.
5. "It Ain't Hard To Tell," Nas. The first track I heard off Illmatic. Nas is a living legend. Effortless flow.
6. "Check The Rhime," A Tribe Called Quest. There will never be a better hip-hop group. Ever.
7. "Definition," BlackStarr. Mos Def & Talib Kweli came together like critical mass.
8. "Juicy," Notorious B.I.G. I still remember where I was the first time I heard this. Biggie was that powerful.
9. "NY State Of Mind," Nas. Yes, two songs off Illmatic in the top ten. You could argue this track is even better than the other.
10. "Guillotine (Swords)," Raekwon. As good as Wu-Tang is as a group. The solo joints are even better. Case in point.
11. "The Show," Doug E. Fresh. True, it's over 20 years old, but it can still rock a party anywhere in the world. The classics never die.
12. "Ante Up (Robbin Hoodz Theory)," M.O.P. This may surprise some people, but IMO this is one of the most visceral tracks ever made.
13. "Scenario," A Tribe Called Quest. Easily the best posse cut ever made. Another reason why Low End Theory is a classic.
14. "Jesus Walks," Kanye West. I consider myself non-religious. There's just something undeniable about this track.
15. "Labels," GZA. This track is less that 3 minutes long but once you've heard it you realize that it's... well, genius.
16. "Afro Puffs," Lady of Rage. Highly ironic that the best example of West Coast bravado was recorded by a female MC.
17. "Nuthin' But A 'G' Thang," Dr. Dre featuring Snoop Dogg. I fought putting this one on here, but it really is a work of art.
18. "Elevators," OutKast. Speaking of which, is anyone more artistic than OutKast? I don't think so. Don't sleep on this track.
19. "Runnin'," The Pharcyde. These guys were underappreciated in their time. For me, this was their finest moment.
20. "Come Clean," Jeru The Damaja. The track is so minimal that you can't help but admire his skills on the mic. Riveting.
21. "The Bridge Is Over," Boogie Down Productions. This is the song that put KRS-One on the map. Infectious to this day.
22. "Brooklyn Zoo," Ol' Dirty Bastard. Some might consider this a guilty pleasure. I just consider it raw. We miss you ODB.
23. "The Choice Is Yours," Black Sheep. Engine, engine, number 9. On the New York Transit Line... Need I say more?
24. "Return of the Crooklyn Dodgers," Chubb Rock, O.C., Jeru The Damaja. From the movie, "Clockers." A hip-hop masterpiece.
25. "Public Service Announcement," Jay-Z. The most potent and relentlessly authentic moment in Sean Carter's entire career.
Respect to Ice Cube, Dead Prez, Slum Village, Wu-Tang and The D.O.C. all of whom just missed the cut.
i love grandmaster flash's comment, right at the end of the show, in reference to PE..."Sure, Jay-Z can rhyme--but he never got anyone to march down the street waving flags." and my only personal gripe about the list--WHY NO IMMORTAL TECHNIQUE? yeah, i know, he's really obscure, unsigned, etc.; but still, he's better than L'Trimm, right?
Why The hell Isnt Lupe Fiasco On There He is The Greatest Rapper ever Hes Better Than Any1 ON There Ppl are Just stupid
my issue is that it wasn't the "100 greatest songs" but really the 100 greatest STYLES.
how else do you explain only one song each from the Roots, OutKast, Common, Kanye, Mos and/or Kweli, the Wu-Tang, PUBLIC ENEMY, 'Pac and Biggie, Snoop and Dre, etc...so really it wasn't like VH1's other "Greatest" shows, where one group--the Beatles usually--get about 17 spots on the countdown.
we all think the list is garbage right? well if you can do better, and i know you can, send me your list of the top 25 hip hop songs ever made to milwaukeehiphop.ymail.com
really the list should be called "100 hip hop songs that had videos that we at vhi can remember hearing"
this list is pure ******** to any real hip hop fan. i expect more from vh1.
Aight, I know I'm late but I work nights and I finally watched the top 100 on DVR last night. Honestly, I think the criticism are a little unfair. After all, this is VH1 not The Source or XXL. I was actually impressed that some of my favorite joints like "Definition," "B.O.B." and "The Choice Is Yours" made the cut. What I didn't like was the tendency to pick a weak song by a good artist such as Big Daddy Kane's "I Get The Job Done" instead of "Ain't No Half Steppin" or Queen Latifah's "Ladies First" instead of "Unity." I think "Friends" by Whodini is a better choice than "Freaks Come Out At Night." "Ready Or Not" is better than "Killing Me Softly" which is barely hip-hop IMO. "Pop Goes The Weasel" by 3rd Bass is garbage. Go with "The Gas Face" if you're gonna have them at all. "Paul Revere" was way more memorable than "Hold It Now Hit It" from The Beastie Boys. "Can't Touch This" was a huge hit for MC Hammer but what about "Turn This Mutha Out?" If you gotta have Ludacris then put "Stand Up" or "Southern Hospitality" over "What's Your Fantasy?" and how did "Hot In Herre" make the list at all? Not to mention "Feel So Good" by Mase. Are you serious? I would have had "Mo' Money, Mo' Problems" or "Been Around The World" before that any day. "Hard Knock Life" by Jay-Z is okay but I prefer is "Izzo." Also, did we really need separate entries for "Roxanne, Roxanne" and "Roxanne's Revenge" when there was no love for other classics by Audio Two, Special Ed, GangStarr, Onyx, Slum Village, The Pharcyde and The D.O.C.? For every one they got right, like having "Juicy" on the list instead of "Hypnotize" they got one wrong like "Shimmy Shimmy Ya" instead of "Brooklyn Zoo." Come on.
"I Used to Love H.E.R." got buried down at like #69 which is a grave injustice. But "C.R.E.A.M." and "Check The Rhime" got the respect they deserved even if "Self-Destruction" and "Scenario" did not. I was surprised "California Love" didn't rank at all, although I'm not a huge fan. People will disagree but I think "I Get Around" is the best Tupac song because he wasn't trying to do anything but just spit a hot verse. I liked seeing Kool Moe Dee up there for "How Ya Like Me Now" (forget "Wild, Wild West") but only cuz it inspired the best comeback of all time (next to "Ether") LL's "Jack The Ripper." In the end, I thought "Fight The Power" was a great choice for #1 as a protest song in the true spirit of hip-hop. I was actually surprised because I was sure they would go with "Rapper's Delight," "The Message" or "Walk This Way" (Speaking of Run-DMC, why doesn't anyone ever mention "Beats To The Rhyme?" That track was completely ahead of its team.) Two questions: 1. Do you think if they do this again we might get some love for Lupe Fiasco? 2. Does anyone really like Kurtis Blow? Oh, and my picks for greatest hip-hop songs of all time: Nas, "It Ain't Hard To Tell" - Eric B & Rakim, "I Ain't No Joke" - Mobb Deep, "Shook Ones, Part II" - Public Enemy, "Rebel Without A Pause" - Run-DMC, "Rock Box."
Wow, VH1, how are you suppose to make a credible list of the 100 Greatest Hip Hop Songs and not include Scenario by A Tribe Called Quest and Leaders of the New School. That is one of the best collaborations ever. Everybody knows that song. Its how you ended the Hip Hop Honors last year. Busta Rhymes' verse?!? Are you serious, VH1.
And Nas - If I Ruled the World should be on here, too. Lacking isn't even the right word. This list is just straight up disrespectful to Hip Hop itself.
This list is lacking, very lacking. Only 1 Tupac & Biggie song? GLARING ommissions: Nas - "If I Ruled the World", Mobb Deep - "Shook Ones", P.E. - "Black Steel in the Hour Of Chaos", Pete Rock/C.L. Smooth - "TROY, They Reminisce Over You." No Schooly D? WTF?
Well now you know why Vh1 was always a second rate M-TV. Fight the power #1? It's not even the best Public Enemy song! Allot of good songs on the list, but the real number 1 Hip hop song isn't even on it!! That song is Ice Ice Baby by Vanilla Ice!
For everyone that wants to complain about the list...These songs were all voted on. If you didn't like how it turned out maybe you should think...did you vote??
No disrespect to the pioneers but as far as hip hop on a large scale (outside of NY) no one really heard thoise early songs. Rappers delight should be #1 point blank , where was LaDi DaDi? where was kris kross Jump? nothin by Dj Quik? When i think of top 100 hiphop songs i think about songs that were the sh!t all summer long. where was Fresh Prince Summer time . For the most part i thought it was kool how they mixed in newer songs and didnt keep it strickly ole school.
I was actually quite pleased that so many older hip hop/rap artists were included. After all, they were the founding fathers of the artists that are out today. For all the people who are complaining, it seems like the songs that were picked were picked for the reason that they not only had some form of video, but the group or artist had some kind of popularity. I understand that only 2 artists technically made it in the top 10 twice. LL Cool J and Run DMC. Hello, they HAVE been around for a long time and did have a huge hand in getting hip hop/rap off and running. I might not necessarily agree about the order but the fact that ALL these artists were included is absolutely fantastic. Bravo, VH1!!!
Oh, and Wu Tang Clan WAS included, just to answer someones gripe.
You guys can NOT be serious with this list. I feel like I was getting punked watching this. what happened to Kool G Rap, Master ACE, Mally Mall, Jazzy Jeff and fresh prince (summertime), what about the father of gangsta Rap Skoolly D (lookin at my gucci) Roxanne Shante, Kawmae (only U), Statsasonic, Main Source, Show Biz and AZ. how can you add kats like LiL Wayne to this list and leave out all the aforementioned? we need a Do-Ova on this one hommie!
OOPS MY BAD THE WU IS ON THE LIST. OK STILL COULD HAVE PICKED A BETTER SONG THEN CREAM UM MAYBE TRIUMPH, OR HELL WINDZ STAFF, TIGER STYLE, PROTECT YOUR NECK. ANYWAYS LIST STILL SUCKS