Rap The Best Rap Songs of All Time  

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We've compiled a list of the best rap songs ever recorded. These songs will make you groove so hard that you'll wish you were in a nightclub dancing to these epic classic rap tracks. Which are the best hip-hop songs? Does your favorite rap star have a song on the list? Vote up the songs you think deserve to be called the best top 10 rap songs ever
 
Rap music started on the streets of New York City in the late seventies. That sound that came out of the South Bronx and Brooklyn emerged into a global subculture which has permeated every corner of the planet. But we've all had that moment where you have to ask yourself, which of the millions of rap songs recorded can be considered the best? Does great hip hop have to do more with lyrics, flow, attitude, swagger, performance, off-stage antics? 
 
Are the best rappers of all time Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur? Or has Jay-Z eclipsed them? Is Jay-Z himself over? Is Kanye West the next reigning champion of hip hop? Who are the best MCs, and how were they responsible for creating so many awesome tunes? Whatever the case may be, many of these artists have worked all their lives and put their careers on the line to perform heartfelt flows to the masses. Long live rap music, and the MCs who made it all possible.

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Juicy The Notorious B.I.G.

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Lose Yourself Eminem

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LorenzoWhyte added Dear Mama Tupac Shakur

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aldous_42 added Still D.R.E Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg

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Fendarr added It Was a Good Day Ice Cube

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BigGoldzman added Shook Ones, Part II Mobb Deep

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Fendarr added Stan Eminem, Dido

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C.R.E.A.M. Wu-Tang Clan

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Nuthin' But a G Thang Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg

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emily-hardin added Fuck Tha Police N.W.A

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LorenzoWhyte added Hail Mary Tupac Shakur

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LorenzoWhyte added California Love (feat. Dr Dre) Tupac Shakur

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M_Wright_Whyte added Hypnotize The Notorious B.I.G.

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Forgot About Dre Eminem, Dr. Dre

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Fendarr added N.Y. State of Mind Nas

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CameronStokes added The Real Slim Shady Eminem

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BigGoldzman added Gangsta's Paradise Coolio, L.V.

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The Next Episode Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg

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LorenzoWhyte added Changes

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emily-hardin added Boyz-N-The Hood (remix) Eazy-E

The Best Rap Songs About Cheating

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Gin and Juice Daz Dillinger, Snoop Dogg

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LorenzoWhyte added Hit 'Em Up (feat. Tha Outlawz)

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'Till I Collapse Eminem, Miktek, Nate Dogg

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BigGoldzman added Maad City Kendrick Lamar

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LorenzoWhyte added Keep Y Ahead Up Tupac Shakur

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CameronStokes added Sing for the Moment Eminem

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No Vaseline is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Rap Songs of All Time
emily-hardin added No Vaseline Ice Cube

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Not Afraid Eminem

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jill_valley added Protect Ya Neck Wu-Tang Clan

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LorenzoWhyte added Ambitionz az a Ridah Tupac Shakur

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The Way I Am Eminem

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wiabux added Ruff Ryder's Anthem DMX

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Ms. Jackson OutKast

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Ether Nas

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99 Problems Jay-Z

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TimothyElsewonJohnson added Fight the Power Public Enemy

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BigGoldzman added Many Men (Wish Death) 50 Cent

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BigGoldzman added It's Tricky Run–D.M.C.

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BigGoldzman added Mama Said Knock You Out LL Cool J

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Hit 'em Up is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Rap Songs of All Time
LorenzoWhyte added Hit 'em Up

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BigGoldzman added Insane In The Brain Cypress Hill

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CameronStokes added Guilty Conscience Eminem, Dr. Dre

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Without Me Eminem

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LorenzoWhyte added Life Goes On Tupac Shakur

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m.A.A.d City Kendrick Lamar, MC Eiht