Checkout the below listed latest and best top 10 best Rap songs of all time 2017, Rap has certainly seen a great deal of artists come and go. Some of these artists would be around for decades, pumping out track after track that people could not get enough of. Some of the artists on this list would be struck down in the prime of their life, never giving the fans more of the genius music that they were creating through their rhymes. No matter what the situation, the tracks below represent the greatest rap songs that have ever been written, from the very beginning of the genre to the artists that are still topping the charts today.
- 10. “Mind Playing Tricks On Me” – Geto Boys – We Can’t Be Stopped (1991)
- 9. “Gangsta’s Paradise” – Coolio – Dangerous Minds Original Soundtrack (1994)
- 8. “ Still D.R.E.” – Dr. Dre (feat. Snoop Dogg and Nate Dogg) – 2001 (1999)
- 7. “99 Problems” – Jay-Z – The Black Album (2003)
- 6. “Dear Mama” – 2Pac – Me Against The World (1995)
- 5. “ ‘Till I Collapse” – Eminem (feat. Nate Dogg) – The Eminem Show (2002)
- 4. “The Message” – NAS – It Was Written (1996)
- 3. “Hypnotize” – Notorious B.I.G. – Life After Death (1996)
- 2. “Gin and Juice” – Snoop Dogg – Doggy Style (1993)
- 1. “ Straight Outta Compton” – N.W.A. – Straight Outta Compton (1988)
Here we present the list of top 10 best Rap songs of all time 2017.
10. “Mind Playing Tricks On Me” – Geto Boys – We Can’t Be Stopped (1991)
The Geto Boys were a sleeper group of rappers throughout the history of hip hop. While they would have successes through tracks like “Mind Playing Tricks on Me” and “Damn It Feels Good To Be A Gangsta”, they would never quite get the respect and overall success that would come from other artists that made this list. That being said, they have more than earned their place with one of the greatest rap songs of all time, regardless of its overall perceived successes. This single from the group would be what would put them on the map, and it would inspire many rappers after its 1991 original release.
9. “Gangsta’s Paradise” – Coolio – Dangerous Minds Original Soundtrack (1994)
While there are not many songs from movie soundtracks that tend to overshadow the artist’s full length albums, Coolio would pen one of the greatest rap tracks of all time for the highly successful 1994 film Dangerous Minds. “Gangsta’s Paradise” would be a unique look at life on the streets and struggling just to stay alive in the harsh world of growing up the way so many young people are forced to in the inner cities of America. The song touches on being hopelessly devoted to the street life, inspiring young people to follow in his footsteps of violence.
8. “ Still D.R.E.” – Dr. Dre (feat. Snoop Dogg and Nate Dogg) – 2001 (1999)
While Dr. Dre has become one of the foremost rappers in history, even more so as a producer of some of the greatest rap tracks ever to be recorded, choosing one single song that would demonstrate his prowess on both sides of a song was challenge. Perhaps the finest example of this would be through the single “Still D.R.E.” from the hit 1999 album 2001. Mirroring the successes of “Nuthin’ But A G Thang” off of The Chronic, Dr. Dre again teams up with Long Beach rapper Snoop Dogg to deliver a powerful anthem to remind people of his contributions to rap music and how he is still very much to be in the talks of the best rappers in history.
7. “99 Problems” – Jay-Z – The Black Album (2003)
Jay-Z is one of the foremost rappers to ever hail from the Big Apple. New York was taken by storm by a flood of rappers throughout the 1990s, and this is where Jay-Z would see his rise to prominence in the world of hip hop. Though the song “99 Problems” would not be released until early in the 2000s, the rapper had already established himself as one of the greatest by this point in his career. The single itself would be one of his most successful, helping the album it came from be one of the highest selling albums of the long standing career for the artist.
6. “Dear Mama” – 2Pac – Me Against The World (1995)
2Pac has always been deemed one of the few rappers that truly were unforgettable. His monumental successes in his short career will be talked about forever. Choosing among his innumerable hit songs was difficult to say the least, but it is believed that “Dear Mama” is one of rap’s greatest songs because it is a unique take on a common topic. While he can’t seem to stray too far from his illegal activities that have taken ahold of him, 2Pac writes this song directly to his mother to let her know that “you are appreciated”. Whoever you are and whatever you’ve done, you always have mama. This would be one of the most successful tracks from the artist (who would not see the full potential of his career from his early demise), but by no means would it be the most popular song the artist performed. “Hit ‘Em Up” would be his most successful song ever, which is one of the greatest dis songs ever written. It detailed his hate for rapper Biggie Smalls, and the NYC based crew that he belonged to.
5. “ ‘Till I Collapse” – Eminem (feat. Nate Dogg) – The Eminem Show (2002)
Eminem is arguably the greatest rapper in the modern world of hip hop. His profound successes since the mid to late 1990s have elevated him to a point at which he will forever be held in a high regard for rap enthusiasts. His success is undeniable. Showcasing his unique delivery style and carefully crafted lyrical content, “ ‘Til I Collapse” is one of the best songs to ever be released for rap listeners. Its simplistic beat shows that sometimes you don’t need an overproduced track to write an anthem that your fans appreciate even a decade and a half later.
4. “The Message” – NAS – It Was Written (1996)
NAS makes a statement with “The Message” that resonates over 20 years later. Even through his early years feuding heavily with another successful NYC rapper (Jay-Z), NAS became a household name with his quick paced delivery and finely tuned lyrics very reminiscent of an East Coast 2Pac. This particular track would be one of the greatest songs in all of hip hop due to its recounting of the struggles of the streets and NAS’s ability to turn that world on its head in spite of how it could have dragged him down.
3. “Hypnotize” – Notorious B.I.G. – Life After Death (1996)
Biggie Smalls has and will likely always be deemed the best East Coast rapper ever to have lived. This being the case, it is not surprising that there are numerous tracks that he has composed that could be deemed among the greatest rap songs in history. “Hypnotize” was a highly successful single for the juggernaut rapper, still being sampled through more modern tracks and also still receiving regular rotations on rap radio stations all across the globe each and every day. Ready To Die might have been the more successful albums from the artist, but Life After Death would be hugely successful due largely in part to the great reception “Hypnotize” would have.
2. “Gin and Juice” – Snoop Dogg – Doggy Style (1993)
Snoop Dogg will always be in the discussion for one of the greatest rappers, but his very best track of all time would be “Gin and Juice” from his early album Doggy Style. This is a feel good track about his day to day life in Long Beach California. Gin and juice is a mixed drink that the rapper likes to sip on when he’s laid back the song states. Much like a folk version of “Boys N The Hood”, several folk and bluegrass acts have now recorded their own versions of the popular 1993 anthem of living the life of Snoop Dogg in the LBC.
1. “ Straight Outta Compton” – N.W.A. – Straight Outta Compton (1988)
N.W.A. was one of the fiercest and hardnosed rap groups that would ever be in the hip hop genre. While these days the lyrics of their songs might not be as grossly offensive as what is being made in modern rap, they are instrumental in ushering in an era of rap music that was more about reflecting on the world around you and getting what’s yours and less about hippety hop nonsense. The group would break up, spawning influential careers from Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Eazy E and MC Ren. Each of these artists would have their own successes, and even later go on to write their own songs deemed to be the best rap songs ever written (Dr. Dre #8).
Rap has certainly scene and ebb and flow in its artists throughout the years. While the themes of these tracks seem to often mirror one another, the individual styles of each rapper is a testament to the versatility of the genre. Reaching back into the pioneering artists of the hip hop world and reaching out to the artists that are still lighting up the charts with their unique lyric content and impressive delivery, each of these tracks represents rap music in a profound way.