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The 50 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs of All Time

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Craig Mack, Rampage, the Notorious B.I.G., LL Cool J, Busta Rhymes, 'Flava in Ya Ear (Remix)'


Craig Mack, Rampage, the Notorious B.I.G., LL Cool J, Busta Rhymes, 'Flava in Ya Ear (Remix)'
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Non-album single, 1994

Craig Mack has faded into obscurity – reportedly renouncing rap to join a fundamentalist Christian cult in South Carolina – but he left his mark on rap history with his debut single and its remix, one of hip-hop's greatest posse cuts. Mack's verse has its moments – "Wanna grab my dick/Too lazy/Hold it for me" – but the real fireworks come from the guests: a suave, sexy LL; Busta Rhymes, nearly devouring the mic in a manic 20 bars; and, above all, the punch-line-slinging Biggie Smalls, stealing the song right out from under his Bad Boy labelmate, beginning with one of his funniest boasts: "Niggas is mad I get more butt than ashtrays."


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