- 1+ 23- 8
Self Destruction- KRS-One, D-Nice, Ms. Melodie, Delite, Daddy-O, Wise, Frukwan, Kool Moe Dee, ...vThe first hip-hop posse cut in history featured the best MC's from the East Coast as an attempt to put the growing gang violence in New York to rest. It was an admirable attempt, however, as the '90s came in, the West Coast gang perspective grew wider, and the demand for gangster rap heavier. Still, it was a catchy song to sing along to and many still try to enforce the message.
- 2+ 18- 8
Forever- Drake, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, EminemvWhile the So Gone EP was a great introduction in the music world to former teen star-turned-rapper, Aubrey Drake Graham, the single off of some LeBron James documentary turned out to be a sign of good things to come from the Canadian rookie. Even though he couldn't escape the shadow of Eminem's ridiculously killer closing verse (the start of a killer comeback), he still proved he can hold his own with Slim, Weezy, and Yeezy as a standout rapper to remember.
- 3+ 14- 6
I Shot Ya (remix)vWay past his teenage fame, LL Cool J turned out to be one of the few rappers from the '80s to change and progress with the edgier hip-hop scene of the '90s. As one of the illest cuts from 1995's Mr. Smith LP, LL found himself surrounded by the best rookie talent on the East Coast, Keith Murray, Prodigy (of Mobb Deep), Fat Joe, and Foxy Brown. But Papa Cool J outshined them all, proving that he can roll with the best of them and the rest of them.
- 4+ 19- 12vThen rookie, Eminem found himself outshined by rap vets Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg on this West Coast-style banger off of the Marshall Mathers LP. Nate Dogg handled the hook, while Xzibit delivered an impressive cameo. While Slim may have been out-rapped by the pros on this track (though, the same thing wouldn't happen nowadays), his verse remained memorable, rapping in Snoop's voice and then switching into his imfamous goofball drawl.
- 5+ 15- 9
Not Tonight (remix)vNicki Minaj take notes. Long before Minaj would go on to rule the hip-hop world in the 2010's, Lil' Kim crafted perhaps the best all-female posse cut ever, with the help of Angie Marinez, Left Eye, Da Brat, and Missy Elliott to set this track on fire. The result? This Grammy nominated tune that showcases the unity with women in hip-hop.
- 6+ 13- 10
All I Do Is Win (feat. T-Pain, Ludacris, Rick Ross & Snoop Dogg)vKhaled's first smash mainstream hit came with fiery hook from T-Pain. And who better to talk about winning than successful rappers like Luda and Snoop?
- 7+ 6- 5Who knows what Kanye was thinking when he put this together? Eerie, creepy, sexy, and just plain weird all at the same time, Monster (and the video to accompany the song) turned the hip-hop world on it's axis. Ross' four bars? Forgettable. Yeezy's master word-play? Unforgettable. Jay-Z's veteran touch? Unneccesary, but still awesome. Nicki's 32 bar mud-slinging, accent switching, creeptastic, side splitting verse? One Word: WOW. It was like eight rappers on a track instead of four. She never had a better verse.
- 8+ 1- 0
Flava in Ya Ear (remix)v
- 9+ 10- 10
Welcome to Atlanta (feat. P Diddy, Snoop Dogg and Murphy Lee)vThis remix showed that no matter where your from, every hood is the same. On the remix to JD's smash hit that originally featured Ludacris, Murphy Lee repped St. Louis, Diddy held it down for the NYC, and Snoop showed why nobody was messing with Long Beach. But they all partied the exact same way.
- 10+ 5- 5
Freedom- Queen Latifah, Yo-Yo, Patra, Left Eye, MC Lyte, Nefertiti, Meshell N'Degeocello, Salt ...vIn response to the R&B version from the Panther soundtrack, featuring the genres most prominent divas, the hip-hop version (and the first-ever all women posse cut) was a more aggressive approach. Dancehall queen Patra laid the hook down while Queen Latifah, MC Lyte, Yo-Yo, Salt-N-Pepa, and Me'Shell N'Degeocello dropped verses more memorable than the movie itself. The most memorable verse came from TLC's Left Eye who felt that the life of a bald eagle "is never more important than [her] people".
- 11+ 9- 10
I'm On One- DJ Khaled ft. Lil' Wayne, Rick Ross, DrakevAnother jewel in Khaled's crown, "I'm On One" became the anthem of the 2011 club scene, thanks in part to Drake's opening verse. Drizzy set the bar high, but Rozay and Weezy had memorable lines, too.
- 12+ 7- 10
We Takin’ OvervExactly how many rappers were on this track? So many versions featuring so many lyricists, there was no real star on that song, and nobody particularly stole the show. One thing was certain, no matter where you were, Khaled was taking over...one city at a time.
- 13+ 5- 8
Holla at Mev
- 14+ 5- 8
I’m So HoodDoes it get any more hood than Miami rappers Trick Daddy, Plies, and Rick Ross? Accompanied by T-Pain's auto-tuned hook, and produced by Khaled, this was the MIA hip-hop scene at it's finest. Well actually, Trina is Miami's finest, but the song was pretty hot too.
- 15+ 9- 13
Swagga Like Us- TI and Jay-Z ft. Kanye West and Lil' WaynevThe hook was sampled from MIA's "Paper Planes", but T.I. used it for a smash on his platinum 2008 LP Paper Trail. Jay-Z was on board, as the two squared off against Kanye West and Lil' Wayne. The icing on the cake was a show-stopping Grammy performance featuring a very, VERY pregnant MIA.
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