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Hear Chuck D's Favorite Hip-Hop Songs

December 11, 2012 5:30 PM ET

To create our list of the 50 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs of All Time, Rolling Stone asked 33 artists and experts – from Rick Rubin to Busta Rhymes – to choose their favorite hip-hop tracks, then crunched the numbers. Here are selections from Chuck D's ballot:

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