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)'

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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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