42. Boogie Down Productions, 'South Bronx'
Criminal Minded, 1987
Kris "KRS-One" Parker of BDP was one of early rap's most authoritative voices, and this story of hip-hop's early days is a required master class. DJ Scott LaRock threads a hot James Brown sample and KRS recalls a golden age when his borough reigned supreme; "South Bronx" was a bow shot in a diss war between BDP and Queens' Juice Crew that set the standard for all regional beef-fests.