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Nas Names His Favorite Songs From Hip Hop's "Golden Age"


(AllHipHop News) In the May 22 edition of Rolling Stone magazine, the publication asked several music artists to name some of their favorite songs from special playlists. One of the stars that participated in the feature was Nas.

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The emcee’s selections were all tapped from Hip Hop’s “Golden Age” of the 1980’s. Not surprisingly, the majority of the songs were released in 1988 – a quintessential year in the history of the culture.

“Hip Hop has had so many golden ages, but I picked the Eighties,” said the Queens, New York legend. “That’s when it turned from rock-sounding, disco-sounding s**t to the essence of rap.”

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Check out Nas’ list of favorite 80’s Hip Hop songs below.

1. Public Enemy – “Rebel Without a Pause”  (1988)
2. Eric B. & Rakim – “My Melody” (1987)
3. Run-DMC – “My Adidas” (1986)
4. EPMD – “It’s My Thing” (1988)
5. Doug E. Fresh & Slick Rick – “The Show” (1985)
6. Big Daddy Kane – “Ain’t No Half -Steppin'” (1988)
7. De La Soul – “Plug Tunin'” (1988)
8. Slick Rick – “Hey Young World” (1988)
9. Dana Dane – “Nightmares” (1987)
10. Queen Latifah feat. Monie Love – “Ladies First” (1989)

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  • Chris

    Where’s that Lil’ B “F*ck Kevin Durant” hotness? F*ck outta here Nas. SMH.

    • Dontoure Smith

      Troll

      • Kale Evans

        Its clearly a jk man.

    • “Fugg kevin Durant! Fuuuuggggg KeeEEEvin DuuuuhhhhRaaaaaaauuunnntttTTTTT!”

      That’s the only Lil B song I like…..but……it’s Nas favorites from the 90’s.

      Maybe not the exact tracks, but you weren’t fuggin with any of the MC’s on that list during that time…it’s a solid Top 10, and I highly doubt you can drop a better Top 10 using any rappers from this decade…or last decade.

      That was Hip Hop.

      • john q

        wow…is all i can say….lmao.

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  • wickedjones

    that whole EPMD album was classic.

    • So was the one after that with “the Big Payback” & the one after that with “Rampage” & the one after that with “The HeadBangers” & “It’s Going Down” from the Juice soundtrack?

      Until the breakup…..every album was better that the one before it.

      • Fosho3528

        That’s from their first album. I think it was Strictly Business.

      • Yeah, with “You a customer” as the B Side.

        I met parish on 42nd, in his black IROC, and he signed the single in ’88.

        Travis Jacobs, ( Harlem’s Finest, Devils Advocate, The Corner, Oz, etc . ) introduced me to Mikey D at House Of Papaya & PMD just happpened to roll up.

        No video, picture on single, etc., back then, just the label logo, so I had to be told who he was, & I was like “Yo! That’s my ‘chet!”

        He reached in the back, grabbed a single, signed it, kicked it with Mikey D & sped off, just another day for him, but as a fan, it was a lifelong memory.

        Props to artist who look out like that!

      • Fosho3528

        That’s awesome. Mikey D is a legend too.

      • That’s Travis in the opening of the Mikey D Documentary:
        “Mikey D : Making Of A Legend”
        /watch?v=fiCR6m8dmVo

  • Chris

    My favorite songs from the “Golden Era” of Hip-Hop:

    (in no particular order)

    1) “Microphone Fiend” – Eric B. & Rakim
    2) “Ain’t No Half-Steppin'” – Big Daddy Kane
    3) “The Symphony” – Juice Crew
    4) “Steppin’ To the AM” – 3rd Bass
    5) “Scenario” – LOTNS & ATCQ
    6) “Mind Playin’ Tricks On Me” – Geto Boys
    7) “Unbelievable” -Notorious BIG
    8) “Keep Your Head Up” – Tupac
    9) “Night of the Living Baseheads” – Public Enemy
    10) “Paper Thin” – MC Lyte

    • cromthelaughinggod7

      You are mixing 90’s and 80’s golden era. What is your list for the 90’s and 80’s list?

      • Chris

        80’s:

        1) “Microphone Fiend” – Eric B. & Rakim
        2) “Ain’t No Half-Steppin'” – Big Daddy Kane
        3) “The Symphony” – Juice Crew
        4) “Steppin’ To the AM” – 3rd Bass
        5) “Talkin’ All That Jazz” – Stetsasonic
        6) “Self Destruction” – Stop the Violence Movement
        7) “Posse’s On Broadway” – Sir Mix-A-Lot
        8) “Top Billin'” – Audio Two
        9) “Night of the Living Baseheads” – Public Enemy
        10) “Paper Thin” – MC Lyte

        90’s:

        1) “I Gotcha’ Opin” – Black Moon
        2) “HeadBanger” – EPMD (Redman’s verse. SMH)
        3) “Mind Playin’ Tricks On Me” – Geto Boys
        4) “Uptown Anthem” – Naughty By Nature
        5) “Keep Your Head Up” – Tupac
        6) “Unbelievable” – Notorious BIG
        7) “Cell Therapy” – Goodie Mob
        8) “Shook Ones Pt. II” – Mobb Deep
        9) “Hand On the Pump” – Cypress Hill
        10) “Ice Cream” – Raekwon

      • No doubt!

        Sir Mix A Lot & 3rd bass are questionable, but overall, a solid list.

        Now 3rd bass’ Product Of The Environment

        /watch?v=KRKDgzlfUBY

        Had the dope beat & flow!

      • Chris

        Bruh, I was about to put Hammer – “Pumps and A Bump” as an honorable mention.

      • Hammer does get an Honorable mention though, on the real!

      • reg joe

        Even though Hammer got smashed by the public for changing his image on that album, I thought it was his absolutely funkiest LP. It was a bad azzz album, for real.

      • reg joe

        Come on now. How can you call Mix or 3rd Bass questionable? I have to look at you kinda strange on that, bro. They both are legendary acts. Mixalot put Seattle on the map as far as rap goes back in the 80’s, before “Baby got back” was a megahit. His best album is “Swass.” Best song was “Posse on Broadway” back in the early day. He was from Seattle and I bumped it everyday in SC. That’s impact. Give these folks their credit. They earned that. 3rd Bass was breakthrough, not as a white rap group, but because they were really that damned good. MC Serch is still in the game and owns Searchlight Publishing. He publishes most of Jay Z’s songs, and almost always has. Give these folks their credit. They are legendary in the game. “Step into the am” was that joint back in the day. How can anyone refute that? They broke barriers in reverse. Hard to believe youd want to discredit them.

      • Chris

        What part of SC you from? I currently live in Houston but I’m from Irmo.

  • MercedNative209

    slick rick song is bad azz!

  • Fosho3528

    Why aren’t more articles on this site more like this one!! This site is called ALLHIPHOP right?

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  • F.U.

    It’s Dana Dane smh. These writers are dumb.

    • Sharpcrease27

      It says Dana Dane.

      • Guest

        this

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  • soyhiphop

    Damn dana dane is an underrated story teller he was like. Slick rick in a way

    • Opposite Of Everyone

      Brownsville stand up

    • That was big problem…he completely jocked Slick Rick’s style.

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  • No MC Shan-(The Bridge)?????

  • hoeyuno

    Too many classics and anthems..here’s a 90s list off top of my head..
    PMD & Das Efx- Rugged n Raw
    Smoothe da hustla & Trigga the Gambla-Broken Language
    Redman & Method Man-How High
    Pharcyde-Passing me by
    BootCamp Click-Niggaz ain’t ready
    NAS-Street dreams
    Saafir-I’m Saafir
    Spice 1-East Bay G
    Eazy E-Real muddafukkn gz
    Dead Prez-It’s bigger then hip hop
    Nine-Lyin King
    Gangstarr-Code of the street
    Group Home-livin proof
    Wu Tang-C.R.E.A.M

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  • SBRon

    It’s INCONCEIVABLE to not have BDP on these lists…

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