So as anybody that know me knows I don't listen to rap a lot. I just listen off and on especially when my roommate is listening to it but I've been on kick lately so I made this list. So just so you know it's hardly coming from a place of someone who is immersed in this genre. I know there are better songs out there. But I do love these.
10.) Step Into the World - KRS ONE (Just Classic)
9.) NAIL IN THE COFFIN - EMINEM (YES. Eminem has better songs, more heartfelt songs, more important songs, ect...but this song just makes me laugh, no seriously, it's fantastic lyrically. Truth is if I really thought about Eminem's body of work for longer than I am in this moment writing this I could probably fill half this list with them.)
One of the best diss tracks ever written. Of course Benzino is just plain awful from the few songs I've heard so eh it was like fighting a puppy.
8.) The Tupac lyric is is what put this song over the top for me. This is also the most explicit song on this list so warning. But I love Immortal Technique so much that I wrote a fan letter in the form of a rap his manager forwarded him cause he's just that cool. IMMORTAL TECHNIQUE - OBNOXIOUS
7.) RIPPER STRIKES BACK - LL COOL J.
I gotta give my roommate credit for introducing me to this song. It is so much fun. I highly recommend you look up the history between Canibus and LL COOL J first and listen to Canibus's diss song against LL first "Second Round Knockout" before listening to this because LL rips that song in two and shreds it in this song. Lyrically maybe LL isn't the best ever or even close, however energy wise very few performers can beat him.
"Running around with the Bob Marley imposter" hahaha.
6.) LIFE GOES ON - TUPAC
When I used to work for a greyhound racing track most of the guys I worked with came strait out of jail. This was the only job they could get fresh on the outside. A lot of them had shirts made with their dead and shot gang member friends on them to work. This song reminds me of those guys and their stories.
5.) CYPRESS HILL - ROCK SUPERSTAR
Honest, heartfelt, fun, and truthful.
4.) FEEL ME FLOW - NAUGHTY BY NATURE
The flow in this song is just smooth as silk. It's fun, bouncy, and I love it.
Oh fun fact it plays in the bar scene in the background in "8 Mile".
3.) EBONICS - BIG L
The wordplay in this song is too smart and clever and as a fan of language (Fav novel "A Clockwork Orange") this song is just too lyrically clever, smart and fantastic. It's not a bragging song, not a club song, not a honey song, not a diss song, not a story song...this song is it's own thing. I love it.
2.) JUICY - BIGGIE SMALLS
Nothing more can be said about this song than already has.
1.) ICE CUBE - TODAY WAS A GOOD DAY
For all the diss songs and gang banging songs that ICE CUBE is known for...this song has nothing to do with that and even a bad attitude. This song is so good it transformed the genre to me and it said 'yeah even hard rappers can write about other aspects of their life' and it is still the best there is. I dare you to drive bumping this and not crack a smile. Not going to happen.