Questlove's Top 50 Hip-Hop Songs of All Time

What makes a great hip-hop song? Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson chooses his favorites.

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22. Big Daddy Kane, "Raw" (1988)

When cats my age are reminiscing on "the classic hip-hop period" when so-and-so and such-and-such was as good as it gets – you know, when that Wayne's World dream sequence starts? This is the song that plays in our heads when we think about when hip-hop was at its apex. Beats and rhymes. Simple as that, but complex as hell.


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