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Classic Hip Hop Songs

Classic Hip Hop Songs

Hip hop is a genre that has gained fans across borders of all kinds. Read on to know some of the gems this genre has churned up...
Mayuri Kulkarni
Hip hop is a culture that originated in the Bronx suburb of New York City, and later spread to various other areas of the US. Hip hop music is a major part of this culture. It encompasses a specific style of music and usage of beats, and includes the popular art of rapping.

Afrika Bambaataa, Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five, Funky Four Plus One, Kurtis Blow, etc., are some of the renowned groups of old-school, classic hip hop. The rapping techniques used by these artists were much simpler than artists of the new generation. Making a list of the best songs produced by these guys is quite difficult when you have consider the myriad options in front of you. However, I have tried my best in compiling the best songs from this genre.

Classic Rap Songs
  • Rappin' and Rocking the House - Funky Four Plus One
  • Christmas Rappin' - Kurtis Blow
  • Freedom - Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
  • Funk You Up - The Sequence
  • Gigolo Rapp - Disco Daddy & Captain Rapp
  • Disco Dream - Mean Machine
  • It's Rockin' Time - Kool Kyle the Starchild
  • Rockin' It - The Fearless Four
  • Looking for the Perfect Beat - Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force
  • White Lines (Don't Do It) - Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
  • Hip Hop, Be Bop (Don't Stop) - Man Parrish
  • Roxanne, Roxanne - U.T.F.O.
  • 8 Million Stories - Kurtis Blow
  • The Show - Doug E. Fresh & The Get Fresh Crew
  • The Roof is on Fire - Rock Master Scott & The Dynamic Three
  • La Di Da Di - Doug E. Fresh & The Get Fresh Crew
  • Jazzy Sensation - Afrika Bambaataa
  • Apache - The Sugarhill Gang
  • Rappin' Ain't No Thang - The Boogie Boys
Best of the Rest
  • Let the Music Play - Shannon
  • Tootsie Roll - 69 Boyz
  • I'll Be Missing You - Puff Daddy & Faith Evans (& 112)
  • Nuthin But A "G" Thang - Dr. Dre
  • Planet Rock - Afrika Bambaataa
  • Children's Story - Slick Rick
  • The Breaks - Kurtis Blow
  • It Takes Two - Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock
  • Shed So Many Tears - Tupac Shakur
  • Bring The Noise - Public Enemy
  • Me Myself and I - De La Soul
  • Check the Rhime - A Tribe Called Quest
  • It's Like That - Run-D.M.C.
  • The Bridge Is Over - Boogie Down Productions
  • It Was A Good Day - Ice Cube
  • Hard Knock Life - Jay Z
  • Body Rock - The Treacherous Three
  • Vicious Rap - Tanya Winley
  • A Heartbeat Rap - Sweet G
  • Walking on Sunshine - Rocker's Revenge feat. Donnie Calvin
  • Play That Beat Mr. DJ - G.L.O.B.E. & Whiz Kid
  • Egypt, Egypt - Egyptian Lover
  • Keep Ya Head Up - Tupac Shakur
  • Award Tour - A Tribe Called Quest
  • Paid in Full - Eric B. & Rakim
  • I Need Love - LL Cool J
  • Murder Was the Case - Snoop Doggy Dogg
  • Alleys of Your Mind - Alleys of Your Mind
  • Pac Jam - The Jonzun Crew
  • It's Magic - The Fearless 4
  • Body Mechanic - Quadrant Six
  • Lookout Weekend - Debbie Deb
  • Cold Winter Madness - Ice T
  • One for the Treble - Davy DMX
  • Jail House Rap - The Fat Boys
  • Big Mouth - Whodini
  • Play At Your Own Risk - Planet Patrol
So, this was a short list. The list might be incomplete since there are so many classics in this genre. Feel free to add your personal favorites to this playlist.