XXL Names Greatest 90s Rap Song

Unbeknownst to anyone outside of Harris Publications, XXL published their 250 Greatest Rap Songs of the 90s. Coming in at number one is Dr. Dre’s “Nuthin’ But A G Thang”. Pretty good bad choice. You can read the other 249 selections when the issue hits nationwide next Tuesday.

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  • http://sisterescape.blogspot.com Vexed and Glorious

    i see that picture of mc hammer hiding next to eminem. wat a funny juxtaposition. i’ll be reading this in the supermarket aisle. And am I to guess that everyone on the front page is going to be in the top 25?

  • Mook

    Thanks for ruining the number one song. And that shouldn’t be number 1. California Love should.

  • rickthespic

    they got one thing right for sure, that was “rap’s best decade ever”

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  • still best rite now!!

    the true “Golden Era”

    niggas forget some of the gems that dropped in 97-99 that seem like 2000s era songs

  • Word

    a Pac song shoulda been number one. Hit Em up

  • D-Boy

    BEST TIME IN MUSIC AND NOT JUST HIP HOP

  • wickwickwack

    n. g thang is a great song but it always been overrated

  • Citylivin’

    co-sign @D-Boy

  • Able Danger

    Co-sign ‘Nothin But a G-Thang.’ Lyrics weren’t mind blowing but it sums up the one of the best sound movements in hip-hop, G-Funk. I don’t know who’s smoother Snoop or Leon Haywood.

  • Converse

    Money power and respect>>>>>>>>>> and anyone of dmx song

  • Tru Talk

    Fight the Power should of been number one by Public Enemy….. Greatest Hip-Hop song ever made…. Get off all that gangster shit, yes its a part of hip hop and deserves some top 10 songs but Fight the Power actually has a message that is forever… open your minds

  • Braniak

    90’s is like the gold hip-hop era. IM From Da 90’s!

    After The Chronic dropped every1 want it to be like “US”

    WestCoast!!

  • J.C

    No ideas original!! No thanks, Ego Trip’s book of rap lists will hold me down.

  • Ac@pella!

    Ummm, it came out this past Tuesday already. I’m lookin at it on my desk now.

  • HAHAHAHA

    Honestly it would be impossible to agree on ANY list anyone come up with. Specially the number 1 song, there’s no right answer it’s really just an opinion. My personal choice is “Electric relaxation”- Tribe called quest (1993) or “everyday struggle” – B.I.G.- or ETC…

  • jake

    a pac song sud ‘ve been numba one bros
    deel wit it

  • http://www.blaze23naish.blogspot.com Blaze23Naish

    Why has every Hip-Hop list made got to be so controversial???? G’Thang #1??? Hot track for sure but the whole of Illmattic pisses over it, not to mention Shook Ones Pt.2, Protect Ya Neck, Bring The Pain, How High, Beasts From The East, I Used To Love H.E.R., T.R.OY., Scenario, Mad Izm, MC’s Act Like They Don’t Know, Mass Appeal, Ebonics, Every Record Label Sucks Dick, Come Clean, Welcome To The Terrordome, C.R.E.A.M., Live At The BBQ, I could go on for days!!! XXL have made a major fail with this one, Dre ain’t gonna release Detox any quicker no matter how much praise you give his past work, prolly just send him back into the studio to start from scratch again!!!! Besides the 80’s was the best decade for Hip-Hop hands down!!!!!!

  • Soul_Assasin

    @Tru talk
    Fight the power came out in the late 80s not 90s. Shut em down and by the time I get to arizona should be included. BTW cypress hill and gang starr shouldn’t be snub…

  • Belize

    A bit overrated. I’ll cop dat book tho.

  • COLD BLOOD

    1. Del tha Funkee Homosapien – “Catch a Bad One”
    2. Mobb Deep – “Get Dealt with It”
    3. GZA – “Living in the World Today”
    4. Big Pun – “Beware”
    5. A Tribe Called Quest – “Buggin’ Out”
    6. Common – “Sum Shit I Wrote”
    7. Nas – “N.Y. State of Mind”
    8. Wu-Tang Clan – “Protect Ya Neck”
    9. The Notorious B.I.G. – “Gimme the Loot”
    10. Raekwon – “Guillotine (Swordz)”

    YOU CAN HATE ME NOW!

  • Yep

    Highly agreed to that one song being the best representation of 90’s rap. It changed everything. It killed charts it was in everyone trunk east west south midwest period. Its def one of my personal favs not my #1. But it makes sense. If everyone tallied a list this song would have to come top 5 on everyones list. So its makes complete sense why its there on the magazines list

  • Derrick Rose

    LOL@ these lame goats reminiscing about the good ole times…

  • @Cold Blood

    That your list is fuck up! Nas>on that list!

    You sir dont know music!

  • LA

    Gin and juice is 10X greater

  • Haha

    Protect ya neck needs to be number 1..That shit sparked the whole independent movement in hiphop. 8 guys come together and drop the bomb on hiphop culture…not music. People dont discuss the impact that wu tang has had on hiphop. Without Wu, groups wouldnt be disbanding to release solo albums and still remaining as a collective group That shit surpases G Thang. Shout out to my boro Staten!!!

  • LA

    It ?aint hard to tell?the world is your is dope 2! their should be a vote or some shit becuz this list is trash!

  • COLD BLOOD

    “You sir dont know music!”

    ^

    FUCK YOU! MY LIST IS 100% REAL HIP HOP! NOT WILL SMITH, CALIFORNIA LOVE AND DR. DRE PARTY SONGS!

    YOU CAN HATE ME NOW!

  • ZoomZoomDad-Otis

    *Sarcasm* Derrick Rose yeah hip hop right is at a all-time high with YM and MMG, Flocka & Gucci so much talent right now.

  • the One

    Straight out of Compton!!!

  • the One

    “Don’t let it go to your head ” Brand Nubian’

    “Shook ones”

  • Donn

    If you were born in the 90’s you werent even old enough to understand the music. Only ppl born in the mid 80’s can really say they were on this shit. Just be honest

  • JERZZZ

    Youngsters will never feel that love for hip hop like we do because they’ve only really experienced hip pop. Fuck outta here you lil lame niggas

  • COLD BLOOD

    @ Donn

    YOU WERE BORN IN THE 00’S BITCHASS!

    YOU CAN HATE ME NOW!

  • mac DIESEL

    THERE’S JUST TOO MANY GREAT SONGS FOR THERE TO BE A #1!!!! BUT MY PERSONAL #1 WOULD BE N.Y. STATE OF MIND OR SHOOK ONES!!!! THEY’RE BOTH PERFECT RECORDS!!!!

    DON’T HATE ON MY OPINION!!!!

  • County of Kings

    i’m not sure about that #1 song. i get it, but i feel dr.dre is the most overated person in hiphop of all time. i would rather a snoop song or a pac song maybe. but i’m not sure if the era was defined by a west coast song, a east coast song or a dirty south song. midwest aint really pop that much at that time aside from eminem.
    but u got snoop pac dre on the west
    u got bad boy, wutang, jayz and the ruff ryders camp in the east
    and outkast, ludacris, and jermaine dupri reppin downsouth or just atlanta heavy

    for me it would be an east coast classic probably a biggie record like juicy or some gritty wutang shit. wish there was a biggie/pac record made during good times cuz those 2men definetly defined the entire decade in hiphop but theres no song u can choose to have both of them represented

  • El Negro

    Change your name you are not Derrick Rose you groupie!

    To bad we can’t do a list for music today cause at the moment its at a low.

  • PrincePolo

    from 250 songs ill guess 240 is “must be” on your ipod . now take 2000-2009 top 250 songs . there won;t be more than 140 lol .

  • http://myjestikblog.com Myjestik

    is there any reason why i dont see outkast?

  • The Hater

    Niggaz ain’t even read the list and calling it trash , Stfu what’s wrong wit y’all bitter bitch ass niggaz?? Then niggaz naming they old ass personal favorites like they taste has any validation. Y’all kill me

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  • lmao

    LOVE HOW YOU ALL THINK YOUR OWN PERSONAL OPINION SHOULD BE NUMBER ONE, GET OVER IT YOU DIDN’T MAKE THE LIST SOMEONE ELSE DID!

  • ctg

    I haven’t bought an issue of XXL since… shit, I can’t remember. Probably since YN was still there (ha).

    Anyway, I’m definitely picking this up

  • hazz

    I am fine with this list they are all great songs. but that 2000-2009 list is going to be trouble.
    list are made to spark conversation it is not meant to be fact.

  • Donn

    @Cold Blood

    I was born in 1990, but i wasn’t old enough to comprehend the records that came out in the 90’s until i got older, but at least i’m not frontin’ bout it. Stop trolling

  • http://youtube.com/eniyi04 Niyemortal

    XXL aint shit, if i had to pick something thats more qualified to be #1, i would have chose “You’re All I Need (Remix)” MAry J & Method Man. Thats got to be the best personification of the 90’s right there. Simpler times, almost all genres of music were exploding in popularity, balance on the radio, and this song was one of the most commercially acceptable and yet rawest songs ever made. This set a whole new blueprint for Rap/R&B collaborations that people still try to imitate today………..

  • Nickey Negrito

    These have got to be in the top 5

    NO ORDER:
    Tupac- Ambitionz as a ridah
    Pete Rock/CL Smooth- Troy
    Nas-Represent
    JayZ- Can I live
    Method Man-Method Man

    Truthfully I can go on with Rakim, KoolG,Lost Boyz ….., Yes that is the Golden Era

  • the ghost of osama bin laden

    Fuck eastcoast!!

  • YOUR pusha

    thats my favourite hiphop song of all time, theres hundreds others but that is the ONE for me

  • Africa

    Donn is GAY!

  • Drock

    We all have our own opinions and our own lists. I don’t agree with XXL’s pick for the #1 spot but thats okay because I’m sure that each of those 250 songs are great. We should all be proud hip-hop made it this far. Hip-Hop isn’t going anywhere, its the final stage in the evolution of ALL music.

  • Da Business

    @ ctg

    Co-sign lol

    I have to agree w/ the Dre bein’ #1 tho. The Chronic CHANGED the game!!! N!99@$ in Miami went

    from rockin’ cross colors and Ewings to dickies and chucks ova night. It represented the end era and

    start of another one.

    DAMN, what happen to hip hop….

  • West Coast

    FUCK EAST COAST SONGS

  • http://www.rapconnec.com kid chronic

    to each his own, this article just sparks our own top songs from the 90s, which is and always will be the golden era of rap and hiphop. to be honest i could not even pick a number one song just because there are so many great ones… but for the sake of argument it would have to be a pac song just because he was the best to ever do it in the rap/hiphop music game… at the end of his career nigga was making at least 3 songs a day because he was anticipating his death.. do you know how hard/crazy that it is.. try it…. and im not even that big of a fan of pac’s music.

  • girlzluvme

    cant really argue..g thang came out and rap changed after that. snoop and dre are still celebrated starting with that one song. but if i had to pick my number one it would be Brooklyn’s Finest.

  • http://www.blaze23naish.blogspot.com Blaze23Naish

    Both Deep Cover & Dre Day came before G’Thang!!! Some nice lists on here though especially liked the fact someone had the ball’s to put the criminally underated Del at the top of they’re list and as has been said, eveyone has and are entitled to they’re own opinion!!! I just see this as with any lists made, a good opportunity to broaden heads tastes!!! Instead of looking back with rose tinted glasses!! All I hear about that decade is how the west saved Hip-Hop (Let’s not forget about a lil crew from Staten Island who were generating a buzz at exactly the same time, not to mention the Dungeon Family Movement in the South), when in actuallity with the sales generated by these artist’s it also brought on the decline of Hip-Hop!! Artists weren’t considered a success unless they went platinum, The East Coast-West Coast bullshit, people started turning they’re backs on creative and good music just because of where they were born!!! Good music is good music period, be it North, South, East Or West, I just feel this list would better represent our culture had it been a song with more of a message/lyrical content!!!

  • midwestg

    NO BIG L WHO MADE THIS COVER?

  • ronni_blaze

    geto boyz should be on that list somewhere…………

  • http://google.com best of all time

    dis was the rise of hip hop

  • wsiok

    LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL @ #1 song :D

  • DOPE!!!

    Nice, they picked one of the most overrated songs of all time for the #1 spot. Didn’t expect anything more from this shitty mag.

  • Narlymanz

    2pac song shouldve been number one. Hopefully in top 5 otherwise. but come on, California Love, Changes. Dear Mama, How Do U Want It, Keep Your Head Up.. etc 2 many to mention.

  • w@w

    Dr. Dre’s “Nuthin’ But A G Thang”. Pretty good bad choice

    WTF you mean about this
    IT’s a remake of a classic tune from the westcoast dr redeed have you losed your mind.

    This use to play 11 times a day on MTV and i ain’t ever seen this quality of number one on MTV after that. RR that/s low this tune is classy

  • PAC

    infinite should be in the top five and number one should be life goes on or unconditional love by pac .NO HATE

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