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Beats Per Millennium - VH1's 100 Greatest Hip Hop Songs: 80-61

VH1's 100 Greatest Hip Hop Songs: 80-61

Today we continue to analyze VH1’s top 100 hip hop songs.

“It’s Hard Out Here For A Pimp”
Three Six Mafia
I’ll never forget the WTF moment when Three Six Mafia performed this song at the Oscars. And then the WTF moment when they won the Oscar.

“Ruff Ryders Anthem”
Awww shit…I love this song. It reminds me of the year I graduated from high school. Driving around listening to this. And here’s X on here talking about his love for dogs. That’s so precious.

Arrested Development
I just wrote a De La Soul feature where I talk about how De La succeeded where their peers failed in remaining relevant well into the new millennium. Sadly, Arrested Development is a great example of a group unable to do just that. Hmmm…two thirds of today’s artists are from Tennessee so far. Come on Young Buck!

“Cold Crush Bros. at the Dixie”
Cold Crush Brothers
About time we get some love for REAL old school hip hop. Three cheers for Grandmaster Caz! You know what he does now? He leads a hip hop sightseeing tour in New York. I can’t believe I missed this when I was out there this past summer.

“Still Not A Player”
Big Punisher (feat. Joe)
Just last night I was thinking what a shame it is that Big Pun died so early. He probably would have really benefited from all this weight loss that the rappers are into these days. Man, dude makes Biggie look downright puny. 700 POUNDS!

“Crush on You”
Lil Kim
That girl has blue hair!

“The Choice is Yours”
Black Sheep
Black Sheep were just in town a few weeks ago. I had no idea they still toured. I didn’t go to the show but I should have. I’m sure this song was bananas live.

“You Gots To Chill”
So far I’d say much better songs on tonight’s segment than last night. Apparently EPMD has an album coming out. Something with “Business” in the title. It was supposed to be out already. Now it is apparently coming out next week….stay tuned.

JJ Fad
This female pop rap group was discovered by Eazy-E and produced by Dre. That’s why I like the 80s. Everyone hung with everyone.

“Freaks Come Out At Night”
There’s just nothing like this anymore. But I suppose all that damn Autotune comes close.

“Pop Goes The Weasel”
3rd Bass
There they go, calling 3rd Bass the first white rap group that was any good. There are sixty songs to go on this countdown. The Beastie Boys better be a part of it.

“I Used To Love H.E.R.”
This is Common Sense at his best. Kool Moe Dee just called it the greatest concept record ever made. And I may agree, even though it kind of seems like a cliché now. And did you know Common is going to be in Terminator 4?

“What You Know”
Oh heavens yes! I was in Memphis when this song blew up. I heard it blasting from cars all over town. I finally just put my iPod away and spent the rest of the weekend listening to local radio stations, just so I could catch it as many times as possible.

“Feel So Good”
Remember when Mase retired? He must have seen his name on a blimp.

“Jump Around”
House of Pain
This is why I would rather see VH1 put out a list like this than some hip hop snobs. Everyone likes House of Pain, whether they admit it or not. And VH1 doesn’t mind admitting it.

“Love Rap”
Spoonie Gee and the Treacherous Three
You don’t know this song until you watch the video they are showing right now.

“What They Do”
The Roots
The Roots definitely have reached the point where they are legendary. I don’t think they have a miss in their entire discography.

“Rollin’ With Kid ‘N Play”
Kid ‘N Play
Chris Reid just delivered the quote of the show so far: “Kid ‘N Play were not the type of rap act you would fear if they were behind you at the ATM.”

“Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like That)”
Digable Planets
That’s it. I’m going to listen to some DP as soon as this damn show is over.

“Children’s Story”
Slick Rick
Slick Rick is being honored by VH1 on Monday night and it is about time. The storytelling, soothing voice, and smooth flow were way ahead of his time. Congratulations.

Posted by Mike Denslow at Oct 01, 2008 11:12 AM