Editors’ Notes In the ’70s, the black youth of New York’s five boroughs needed a new way to express their disaffection—and hip-hop was born. Built from the four elements—DJing, graffiti, breakdancing, and rapping—the earliest iterations of the genre were held together by sparse breakbeats and playful freestyles. While rap initially found commercial success through the novelty jams of The Sugar Hill Gang (who essentially rapped about rapping), Grandmaster Flash’s 1982 epochal single “The Message” showcased its capacity for authentic inner-city narratives told by the people who were living them. In the years to come, producers like DJ Premier sliced up samples and laid the sonic groundwork for Queens MC Nas and Boston rapper Guru to showcase their lyrical mastery. Meanwhile, over in Philly, the ‘80s street raps of Schoolly D gave way to the soulful instrumentation of The Roots in the ‘90s, and the rugged, hardcore stylings of Beanie Sigel in the 2000s.

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I'll Be There for You / You're All I Need to Get By (feat. Mary J. Blige)
5:09
 
4:30
 
Izzo (H.O.V.A.)
4:00
 
4:31
 
Hey Ma (feat. Juelz Santana, Freekey Zeekey, Freekey Zekey & Toya)
3:40
 
Crush On You (feat. Lil' Cease) [Remix]
4:35
 
X Gon' Give It to Ya
3:39
 
Get By
3:47
 
The Seed (2.0) (feat. Cody Chestnutt)
4:27
 
Ante Up (Robbin Hoodz Theory)
4:08
 
Fight the Power (Do the Right Thing/Soundtrack Version)
5:24
 
No Sleep Till Brooklyn
4:06
 
You Know My Steez
4:07
 
Still Not a Player (feat. Joe)
3:56
 
Paid in Full
3:48
 
Doin' It
4:53
 
Shook Ones, Pt. II
5:25
 
One Mic
4:28
 
Ready or Not
3:46
 
7:11
 
C.R.E.A.M.
4:12
 
Can I Kick It?
4:11
 
Woo Hah!! Got You All In Check
4:32
 
It's All About the Benjamins(feat. The Notorious B.I.G., Lil' Kim & the Lox) [Remix]
4:38
 
Ms. Fat Booty
3:43
 
Push It
4:32
 
Whoa!
3:58
 
Exhibit C
5:31
 
In da Club
3:13
 
Born To Roll
4:14
 
Superthug
5:00
 
Lean Back
4:07
 
Dipset Anthem (feat. Cam'ron & Juelz Santana)
4:09
 
I Got Cha Opin' (Remix)
4:24
 
Déjà Vu (Uptown Baby)
4:43
 
Hot N*gga
3:14
 
Dreams and Nightmares
3:50
 
Empire State of Mind (feat. Alicia Keys)
4:36
 
Welcome to the Party
3:34
 
Triumph (feat. CappaDonna)
5:38
 
Ooouuu
3:54
 
We Fly High
3:56
 
Special Delivery
6:29
 
21 Questions (feat. Nate Dogg) [feat. Nate Dogg]
3:44
 
Whatta Man (feat. En Vogue)
5:08
 
Watch Out Now
2:54
 
Plain Jane
2:53
 
Panda
4:06
 
9th Wonder (Blackitolism)
4:27
 
3:48
 
4:18
 
I'm a Hustla (Street Mix)
4:19
 
Hypnotize (2014 Remastered Version)
3:49
 
Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)
3:58
 
Mass Appeal
3:41
 
Stake Sause
3:27
 
I'm a Coke Boy (feat. French Montana)
3:13
 
Mo Bamba
3:03
 
Bodak Yellow
3:43
 
The Truth
4:09
 
Ice Cream (feat. Ghostface Killah, Method Man & Cappadonna)
4:13
 
L.A., L.A. (feat. Mobb Deep & Tragedy Khadafi) [Kuwait Mix]
4:49
 
Ebonics (Criminal Slang)
3:21
 
Crossover
3:48
 
Magic Stick
5:59
 
Pump It Up
4:11
 
Flava In Ya Ear Remix (feat. The Notorious B.I.G., LL Cool J, Busta Rhymes & Rampage)
5:02
 
We Gonna Make It (feat. Styles of the Lox)
3:33
 
Waves
3:33
 
What We Do (feat. JAY-Z & Beanie Sigel)
3:49
 
Respiration (feat. Common)
6:05
 
Liquid Swords
4:32
 
Ether
4:37
 
Can't Deny It (feat. Nate Dogg)
5:06
 
I Need a Girl, Pt. 2 [feat. Loon, Ginuwine & Mario Winans]
4:45
 
Put It On Me (feat. Vita)
4:22
 
Million Bucks (feat. Swizz Beatz)
2:57
 
To The Top (Stick 2 The Script) [feat. Cassidy, Saigon & Termanology]
3:41
 
Gold Soul Theory
3:03
 
Ain't Worried About Nothin
3:32
 
Shabba (feat. A$AP Rocky)
4:35
 
1942 Flows
4:42
 
3:09
 
Why? (feat. Anthony Hamilton)
4:00
 
Down and Out (feat. Kanye West & Syleena Johnson)
4:08
 
I Get Money
3:43
 
Dirt Off Your Shoulder
4:05
 
Spit Your Game (feat. Twista and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony)
4:09
 
Oh No
4:31
 
No Escapin' This
4:16
 
Let's Get Dirty (I Can't Get In da Club) [feat. DJ Kool]
3:55
 
Cherchez LaGhost
3:06
 
Oochie Wally (Remix)
4:57
 
Gold Digger
5:10
 
The Boomin' System
3:40
 
3:59
 
Shut Em Down (Pe-te Rock Mixx)
4:42
 
Love's Gonna Get'cha (Material Love)
6:39
 

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