Some of the best hip hop songs have become iconic over the years. For instance, “Time’s Up” by Notorious B.I.G. is a classic, as are “Runnin’,” “Made You Look,” and “Hard Knock Life” by Jay-Z. But there are many more, too. So which ones make the cut? For those that love hip hop you’ll want to check out Gin & Juice by Daneka Nation.
Notorious B.I.G.’s “Time’s Up”
After September 11, the aftermath of the attacks left shockwaves across the United States. Though the original “Juicy” anthem still appears in many radio stations across the country, the post-9/11 edit is silent, leaving a gaping 1.5-second silence where the last rhyme once rang. In a way, the post-9/11 edit is symbolic, as the artist and his music represent a time when rap music was changing and evolving.
The Notorious B.I.G.’s “Time’s Up” was one of the most influential hip-hop tracks of all time. It laid down a standard for all hip-hop artists, and it ensured that Biggie would remain as the best rapper in Brooklyn.
This song’s lyrics are about social injustice and racism in America. The message behind the song is to promote awareness and action. In the lyrics, Biggie Smalls plead for a world free of injustice, and the message was echoed by all of us. It’s important to remember that our society is still in a time of racial and gender injustice, and “Time’s Up” is one way we can all take a stand.
As a teenager, Notorious B.I.G. started dealing drugs, and was also a student at a vocational school, where he became more involved with gangs. At age 17, he began to do street rapping. Although he was in school, he developed a different attitude and dropped out. He then turned to rap and drug dealing, and was arrested in 1991. After spending time in jail, he was released and began performing.
During the 1992 Pace-Notorious B.I.G. beef, he recorded most of his second album. This album featured a number of singers and rappers, including Bone Thugs, and became a platinum-selling album in just a few years. It also set a record for the largest jump in album sales in Billboard’s history. It was also certified a diamond for its 10 million-unit sales.
Nas’ “Made You Look”
“Made You Look” is the lead single from Nas’ sixth studio album, God’s Son, and was released in September 2002. The track peaked at number 32 on the Billboard Hot 100, and it also cracked the top ten on the Hot Rap Songs chart. It features Jadakiss and Ludacris on the original version, while Jadakiss also features on the remix.
“Made You Look” was a classic hit that squashed Nas’ feud with Hot 97 and Jay-Z. Nas’ long-time collaborator Salaam Remi recalled the pressures that went into making the song. “The song was being released in the midst of Nas’ beef with Jay-Z,” Remi said of the song.
Jadakiss and Nas have collaborated on several songs. They previously appeared together on Fat Joe’s “John Blaze” and “Just Because,” which was originally intended for Swizz Beatz’s 2017 album Poison. Earlier this year, Nas performed at Essence Fest alongside Jadakiss and the City Girls. They were also featured on the Roots’ show at the Caesars Superdome.
Nas is perhaps best known for his 1994 debut album, Illmatic. It’s widely considered to be one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time. He was born and raised in the Queensbridge housing projects in New York City and is considered one of the most profound lyricists in hip-hop history. His latest album is a highly controversial one.
Snoop Dogg’s “Runnin'”
Snoop Dogg has just dropped a new track called “Runnin'” featuring HeyDeon. The song is currently available for free download. It comes off his upcoming album Death Row Summer 2022. Whether you like it or not, you can download it below.
The song is a catchy one. Snoop Dogg is a well-known rapper and a media personality. He is also an entrepreneur and actor. His debut single “Runnin'” features appealing bars, catchy melodies, and lyrics that will make you want to hear more of his music.
Jay-Z’s “Hard Knock Life”
Hard Knock Life was Jay-Z’s third album, and it arguably marked the beginning of his commercial success. Its first single, “Ghetto Anthem,” would become his most popular single, and it propelled Hard Knock Life to multi-platinum status, selling over 5 million copies. The album would later go on to become one of the top selling rap albums of all time.
The track “A Week Ago” samples a song on Jay-Z’s 1996 album, “Dead Presidents,” and it takes the chorus of Nas’ classic “The World Is Yours.” The sample enraged Nas and launched one of the most famous beefs in hip-hop history. It’s worth noting that the sample doesn’t come directly from the original song, but is instead played over again.
Despite its commercial success, “Hard Knock Life” is not without its flaws. Although it’s not the best album Jay-Z has released, it’s still a classic. It was one of the most successful albums of its time and features a number of stellar tracks. Among the standout tracks from the album is “Can I Get A…”, a track reminiscent of the R&B sounds of the late Irv Gotti. Another underground hit is “Reservoir Dogs,” which reeks of Jay’s ‘troubled past’ before rap.
Hard Knock Life is Jay-Z’s third studio album and the first to win a Grammy for Best Rap Album. The album topped the Billboard 200 and was also a top-ten record on the Top R&H albums chart. Jay-Z has since won nine Grammy awards for his albums and is considered one of the most successful rappers of all time.
The album’s title track is a hit single and has reached number one on the charts. “Hard Knock Life” is one of the best-selling hip hop albums of all time, and it is still a favorite among music critics. Jay-Z was a breakout star in 1998, but he wasn’t yet a superstar. He was an emerging New York rap star, and he was opening for Bad Boy head honcho Puffy. He was also touring with the DJ Kid Capri and The 45 King, who produced the album’s instrumental.
Biggie’s “I Feel Like Dying”
Biggie’s “I Feel Like Dyin'” is one of the darkest hip hop songs of all time. The album explored the uglier side of conflict, and one of its tracks, “The Long Kiss Goodbye,” is a shotgun blast to the late Tupac. It is a track that will forever change the way we feel about death.
The song uses a phone call structure to explore why the caller feels like the worst person in the world. It closes with a loud gunshot. It is one of Biggie’s best-known songs. In 2017, another rapper, Xxxtentacion, released a song based on a suicide of a young girl. Both songs are dark and somber, and the ominous tone of the lyrics make them perfect for a time of mourning.
The song was written just two weeks before Biggie was killed. Biggie was a recording artist who had recently been arrested for marijuana possession. He and Lil’Cease hired a car for a tour, but it was not an appropriate vehicle. The vehicle had brake problems, and the car rolled onto a guardrail. Biggie spent months in a wheelchair, but continued to work on his new album. His death came just weeks before he was to release his new album, Life After Death.
Several years before the release of the album, Biggie married Faith Evans. He became an icon on the East Coast during the rivalry between the West and East Coasts. He also made guest appearances on other rappers’ albums including Michael Jackson and R.Kelly. The album was originally scheduled for release on Halloween 1996, but was delayed by a car accident. Eventually, the album was released in 1997.