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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29. Cypress Hill, "How I Could Just Kill a Man" (1991)

In 1991, Public Enemy's Bomb Squad production team imploded, and along with it the freedom to sample any sound source without legal ramifications. The producer to make the best of the Squad's remains was Cypress Hill's DJ Muggs. He mostly took their "use everything but the kitchen sink" mission and refocused it to late Sixties rock and blues loops and a muddier soundscape with accessory noises used for psychedelic effect. Of course, the best trait taken from Strong Island's finest was the chemistry between B-Real's nasal flow and Sen Dog's rough gruff. Bucking fools down never sounded so fun.

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