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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

“Stillness Is the Move”

Dirty Projectors | 2009

A Wim Wenders film and a rapper inspired the Dirty Projectors duo David Longstreth and Amber Coffmanto write "sort of a love song." "We rented the movie Wings of Desire from Dave's brother's recommendation, and he had me go through it and just write down some things that I found interesting, and they made it into the song," Coffman said. As for the hip-hop connection, Longstreth explained, "The beat is based on T-Pain. We commissioned a radio mix of the song by the guy who mixes all of Timbaland's records, but the mix we made sounded way better, so we didn't use it."

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