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How We Made the Best Hip-Hop Songs of All Time List

The editors of 'Rolling Stone' polled the following blue-ribbon panel of artists, record producers, industry professionals and music journalists

Jermaine Dupri, Chuck D and Rick Rubin.
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December 5, 2012 3:20 PM ET

Artists/Producers
Busta Rhymes
Big Boi, Outkast
Luther Campbell
Mike Diamond, Beastie Boys
Jermaine Dupri
Adam Horovitz
Kurupt
Talib Kweli
MC Lyte
Tom Morello
Q-Tip
Questlove, The Roots
Nas
Vernon Reid
Boots Riley, The Coup
Pete Rock
Rick Rubin

Journalists/Music Executives
James Bernard, former editor, The Source
Nathan Brackett, Rolling Stone
Cortez Bryant, Bryant Management
Reginald Dennis, former editor, The Source
Jon Dolan, Rolling Stone
Will Hermes, Rolling Stone
Christian Hoard, Rolling Stone
Craig Kallman, Atlantic Records
Alan Light, journalist
Monica Herrera, Rolling Stone
Jonathan Ringen, Rolling Stone
Dante Ross, Warner Bros.
Rob Sheffield, Rolling Stone
Simon Vozick-Levinson, Rolling Stone

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Song Stories

“Whoomp! (There It Is)”

Tag Team | 1993

Cecil Glenn — a.k.a., "D.C." — was a cook at Magic City, a nude dance club in Atlanta, when he first heard women shout "Whoomp — there it is!" Inspired by the party chant, he and partner Steve "Roll'n" Gibson wrote a song around it. Undaunted by label rejections, they borrowed $2,500 from Glenn's parents and pressed 800 singles, which quickly sold out in the Atlanta area. A record deal came soon after. Glenn said the song was meant for positive partying. "If you're going to say 'Whoomp there it is,' and you're doing something negative, we'd rather it not have come out of your mouth."

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