5. 2Pac “Dear Mama”
From his third studio album ‘Me Against the World,’ and first single in 1995, Tupac Shakur released one of the most heartfelt tracks of all time. The song is a tribute to his mother, Afeni Shakur, who passed away last year. He talks about his mother’s addiction to crack cocaine, being the troubled child out of he and his other sibling; causing his mother numerous amount of pain and stress, he also mention the struggles they dealt with as a family financially. Even though they were poorer than most kids their age, their mother always made ends meet by providing a roof over their heads, food in their mouths, and clothes on their backs. Everyone who is anyone that loves their mother, has a special place in their heart for this song. Every year on Mother’s Day, you can find this song trending on Twitter in honor of people all around the world acknowledging the value their mothers have in their lives. Such a classic tune to dedicate to your mother.
4. Jay Z “I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)
“When the Remy’s in the system, ain’t no tellin’ will I f*ck ’em, will I diss ’em, that’s what they be yellin’. I’m a pimp by blood, not relation, y’all be chasin’, I replace them, huh?” There’s not a single person on planet earth that doesn’t know those lines to that song. The lead single form Hov’s fifth studio album ‘The Dynasty: Roc La Familia’. Hov has a lot of classics in his discography, but this one by far stands out along with a couple others. This was in the 2000’s, back when hip-hop was on a whole different level. At this point, Hov was well along in his career, and every song he dropped proved why he was looked at as one of the best. If this song isn’t one of your top 10, better yet top 5 Jay Z songs, then you need to reevaluate.
3. The Notorious B.I.G. “Hypnotize”
What’s a hip-hop list without a Biggie song on it? That list wouldn’t even be considered valid. Back in 1997 Biggie made his mark in music with such a distinctive flow that no one could imitate it, and if they did, you knew exactly where they got it from. No one sounded like Biggie or has his immaculate wordplay. “Dead right, if the head right, Biggie there e’ry night. Poppa been smooth since days of Underroos, never lose.” He was so quick with it, and you couldn’t go nowhere without hearing this song. Even as a toddler I’m sure you remember seeing Biggie all on your television, and not to mention, the video was sick. Biggie definitely stamped his name in the rap game with this one, and will forever be legendary.
2. UGK “International Player’s Anthem (I Choose You)”
“My b*tch a choosy lover, never f*ck without a rubber. Never in the sheets, like it on top of the cover.” If there is no classic hit for all the fellas in the world, this is definitely it. You got one song with all the greats: Andre 3000, Pimp C, Bun B, & Big Boi. This song was destined to be a hit. Men of all ages appreciate this song, and if you were too young to fully understand the message behind it, you grasped a hold of it once you got older. This track and video goes down in history as one of the greatest.
1. The Notorious B.I.G. “Juicy”
“It was all a dream, I used to read Word Up! magazine, Salt-n-Pepa and Heavy D up in the limousine.” Classic line, and you can’t forget, “Born sinner, the opposite of a winner, remember when I used to eat sardines for dinner.” Those two lines alone made this song a gem. There’s no need to further discuss it, just listen to it, refresh your memory, and you’ll understand why it’s number one.
With tunes like these, hip-hop could NEVER die. Shout out to all of the greats for blessing us with such magic. All of you artists of today, take notes.