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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The Pharcyde,
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36. The Pharcyde, "Passin' Me By" (1993)

Quiet as it's kept, the Pharcyde truly never got the recognition they deserved. They were the left of the left coast (think renaissance for the palm tree set), and Dre's Chronic smoke was blocking everyone's view. The accompanying video was high art and probably the best hip-hop clip Spike Jonez never got his hands on. Rare when a song can present a vulnerability so real you don't even notice it. The high school loser who never made it with the ladies finally found his theme song.

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