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20 Classic Hip Hop Songs to Start Your Collection (1995-1999)

Updated on April 17, 2014

Long Live the 90's

The year 1995 picked up where the first half of the decade left off. A man from Bed Stuy introduced us to his dream that became a reality. This image of Biggie using Hip Hop to move out of the projects into a luxurious life became so vivid over the airwaves. Within the years 1995-1999 we saw other great MC’s like Redman and Method Man unite to become one of Hip Hop’s greatest tandems. Lauryn Hill showed us she might just be the most talented Hip Hop act ever to hit the stage. One of the greatest records “Only Built for Cuban Links” aka “The Purple Tape” (yes I actually had the purple tape, not the CD when it came out!) was released. From this album, the anthem “Ice Cream” was born. Ghostface Killah was given the opportunity to show that he was ready and able to take the ball (or better yet the mic) and run with it for the Wu Tang Clan. Biggie, Pun, Black Rob, Q-Tip, and DMX provided us with timeless Club Bangers.

Unfortunately these great accomplishments were marred by turmoil that nearly destroyed the momentum and success that Hip Hop enjoyed. The very foundations were rocked when in less than a year, we lost our two brightest shining stars Tupac Shakur and Notorius B.I.G. to senseless violence. All in all, it was a great time to live to experience what Hip Hop had to offer.

I could go on for days about the classic collabo's, tight lyrics and crazy beats, but I would rather let you lose yourself in these songs that had you blasting your boom boxes and car stereos. Reminisce about going to the corner store, bodega, or barber shop to pick up the latest mix tape which sported these classics! Which joint did you want to see added to the list?.

List of 20 Classics from 1995 -1999

1. Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See – Busta Rhymes

2. Still Not A Player – Big Pun

3. It’s All About the Benjamins - Puff Daddy, ft. The Lox, Lil Kim, and Notorious Big

4. Ruff Ryder’s Anthem - DMX

5. Vivrant Thang – Q Tip

6. Dead Presidents – Jay Z

7. Hail Mary – 2Pac

8. Lost Ones – Lauryn Hill

9. Shook Ones – Mobb Deep

10. Liquid Swords - GZA

11. 4,3,2,1 - L.L. Cool J ft. Keith Murray, Fat Joe, Prodigy, and Foxy Brown

12. How High – Redman and Method Man

13. Leflaur Leflah Eshkcoshka – Fab Five (OGC & Heltah Skeltah)

14. Ice Cream – Wu Tang Clan (Raekwon ft. Method Man, Ghostface Killah, and Cappadonna

15. One More Chance (Remix) – Notorious B.I.G.

16. Make Em Say Uhh - Master P. ft. Fiend, Mystikal, Mia X, and Silkk the Shocker

17. Sound Bwoy Bureill – Smif n Wesson

18. Whoa – Black Rob

19. Simon Says – Pharoahe Monch

20. MC's Act Like They Don't Know - KRS One

The Notorious B.I.G. - One More Chance (Remix)

MC's Act Like They Don't Know

Ruff Ryders' Anthem

Lost Ones

Dead Presidents

Still Not A Player

Ice Cream

Comments: Which Song is Your Favorite?

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      Kevin W 4 years ago from Texas

      This was Avery fun & creative read mosaicman. I have always been a Hip hop junky. Mobb Deep, Biggie, Wu Tang & KRS one are my favorites. I never really cared for Master P though. Voted up on your hub.