Chanting rhymed lyrics over a beat, here’s a register of the Top 10 Rap Songs for all you Hip-Hop and R&B freaks! A rapper’s day begins and ends with words stringed together in the festoons of funky music. If you find nodding at what you’ve just read then you my friend, are a hard-core rapping fan! Take a cue and tune in to uncover the record of the Top 10 Best Rap Songs that you cannot miss to include in your play-list. So next time you party with your Yo-Yo group, make sure you’ve added all these tracks to your jukebox!
Top 10 Rap Songs
Glance through the series of Top Ten Best Rap Songs and bask in the glory of tapping your toes to the tunes of your favorite rap artists.
1. “One Mic” by Nas
Kick starting the list of Top Ten Rap Songs; we have One Mic by Nas. Released on April 16, 2002, this song features as his third single in the album Stillmatic. Describing his desire for a simple life and the hindrances towards achieving it, Nas creates magic with the lyrics of the song. With amazing rapping, One Mic has a humongous fan following tapping their feet away to its mesmerizing rhythm.
2. “Nuthin’ But a ‘G’ Thang” by Dr. Dre
The American ‘gangsta’ rapper, Dr. Dre is accredited with this single from his debut solo album The Chronic. Released way back in 1992, Nuthin But a ‘G’ Thang flabbergasted the public with its hip hop flavor featuring Snoop Dogg. Taking the place of pride in the Rolling Stones’ list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time as well as appearing in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll, this song is an all-time favorite for most rap fans. Adopted by LA Galaxy games as a soccer chant, this 3 minutes 58 seconds long song is a classic.’
3. “Mind Playing Tricks on Me” by Geto Boys
The 1991 album, We Can’t Be Stopped by the Geto Boys presents this single which is said to be the best rap song to have been recorded in the 20th century. Mind Playing Tricks on Me carries lyrics which speak about paranoia, hallucination and delusion. This 5 minutes and 11 seconds song follows the genre of old school rap and has been certified Gold by RIAA. The song made its way to the Rolling Stone Magazine, in 2012, which ranked it as the 5th greatest rap song of all time.
4. “Expression” by Salt-N-Pepa
Released on November 13, 1989, Expression came to be the lead single from the album Black’s Magic by Salt-N-Pepa. Written and produced by Cheryl “Salt” James, it is 4 minutes and 4 seconds long track has been certified Gold by the RIAA and three months later it went on to achieve the platinum status on May 25, 1990. This hip-hop number has topped the Hot Rap Singles charts, swaying the crowds to its funky beats.
5. “Tootsee Roll” by 69 Boyz
The debut album, 199Quad, by the 69Boyz features Tootsee Roll, a rap song with a length of 4 minutes and 18 seconds. Released in 1994, the track is reminiscent of the genres of hip-hop, southern rap and Miami bass; making an appearance in the archive of Top 10 Best Rap Songs. The song has been certified with a platinum license and rolled on to top the Hot Rap Singles chart. Comparing women to food in the lyrics, Tootsee Roll has all the rap junkies shuffling feet to the captivating rhythm.
6. “Lose Yourself” by Eminem
2002 starrer rap track, Lose Yourself is the first single from the soundtrack of Eminem’s movie 8Mile. With an endless list of spellbinding albums up his sleeve, Eminem is a household name for all rappers. Specializing in hip-hop and rap rock, the song has aggressive overtones embedded as it speaks about the struggles endured by B-Rabbit, in order to earn back the respect for Rappers. A powerful track with a progressing tempo, you find yourself thoroughly engaged with the way the song proceeds. Lose Yourself, definitely makes you lose your inhibitions while paving the way for the most successful hit in Eminem’s mainstream career.
7. “Dance with the Devil” by Immortal Technique
One of the most violent rap songs, Dance with the Devil by Immortal Technique features in their album called Revolutionary Vol. 1. Released in 2001, the song narrates the story of a young boy, Billy, who joins a gang and takes part in all illegal activities just to prove that he is worthy of the gang. A cult hit, the song attempts at revealing the ugly truth of the Black society which has been especially cruel to the women of their community. Dance with the Devil has become an urban legend with an overflowing group of fans humming along the 6 minutes and 49 seconds long track.
8. “The Real Slim Shady” by Eminem
Starring in Eminem’s third studio album, The Marshall Mathers LP, The Real Slim Lady has been written by the trio, Eminem, Dr. Dre and Tommy Coster. Later in 2005, the track enlisted itself in Eminem’s greatest hits’ album named the Curtain Call: The Hits. Eminem received many accolades for the outstanding number among which he received the 43rd Grammy Award for the Best Rap Solo Performance. The listeners love to rap along with this hip-hop comedy where Eminem dons a super-hero costume while rapping.
9. “Hit Em Up” by 2Pac
Climbing up the ladder of the Top Ten Best Rap Songs, we have 2Pac with the diss track Hit Em Up. Rap artist Tupac Shakur recorded this song for the album All Eyez on Me which released on June 4, 1996. The content of the Rap primarily lashes out derogatory insults to numerous East Coast Rappers including The Notorious B.I.G. Owing to its explicit lyrics, the song has been infamous as being highly controversial. However, as a hardcore hip-hop song, Hit Em Up with its enthralling rhythm definitely strikes a chord.
10. “The Humpty Dance” by Digital Underground
A 1990 hip-hop track, The Humpty Dance is one of the Top 10 Rap Songs of All Time. The single rested at the 11th position on the pop charts, 7th on the R&B charts, and topped the Billboard Rap Singles chart back then. In 2008, the track appeared at the 30th slot on VH1’s 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop and in 2007, it stood tall at number 65 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Songs of the 90s. RIAA adorned the rap song with the platinum certificate and thus, the song has been famous through the centuries.