76. Slick Rick, "Children's Story"
Slick Rick was hip-hop's first great storyteller – "wise as an owl, soft as a dove" amid "all these angry motherfuckers," as he put it. And this bedtime tale about two kids who take up "robbin' old folks" remains hip-hop's most deftly detailed story-song. Told in a flurry of voices, it rendered Rick's "ghetto ambience" with playful brilliance.