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a journey through hip hop


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| my essential list of real hip hop by real rappers in it for the music and the culture, not just the paycheck and mainstream success.

update: sorry for the delay, tracklist is in the comment box

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For all those asking, here's the tracklist:

’93 til Infinity – Mighty Souls of Mischief
Hip Hopdead prez
Harder Than You Think – Public Enemy
Rather Unique – AZ
Made You Look – Nas
Survival of the Fittest – Mobb Deep
Get Busy – The Roots
Land of the Gun – Immortal Technique
It Was a Good Day – Ice Cube
Get By – Talib Kweli
Ice Cream – Fat Joe feat. Raekwon and T.A.
Mighty D-Block – Sheek Louch feat. Jadakiss, Styles P & J-Hood
Travellin’ Man – DJ Honda & Mos Def
We Want Eazy – Eazy-E
Feelin’ It – Jay-Z
Part II – Method Man & Redman
They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.) – Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth
Time’s Up – O.C.
Incarcerated Scarfaces – Raekwon
Dreams – The Game
Halftime – Nas
All That I Got Is You – Ghostface Killah
Guilty Conscience – Eminem
Breathe and Stop – Q-Tip
Can I Kick It? – A Tribe Called Quest
Me Against the World – Tupac
Gangsta’s Paradise – Coolio
Breathe – Fabolous
N.Y.C. Everything – RZA
Flava In Ya Ear (Remix) – Crack Mack feat. The Notorious B.I.G., Rampage, LL Cool J & Busta Rhymes
Regulate – Warren G feat. Nate Dogg
Strictly Business – EPMD
Still D.R.E. – Dr. Dre feat. Snoop Dogg
Passing Me By – The Pharcyde
Dead Presidents II – Jay-Z
Mind Playing Tricks On Me – Geto Boys
I Used to Love H.E.R. – Common
Paid in Full – Eric B & Rakim
What U See is What U Get – Xzibit
Spottieottiedopaliscious – Outkast
Wrong Side Of Da Tracks – Artifacts
Insane in the Brain – Cypress Hill
Recognize – The LOX
Just a Friend – Biz Markie
Everyday Struggle – The Notorious B.I.G.
God’s Bathroom Floor – Atmosphere
Hip Hop Hooray – Naughty by Nature
Mass Appeal – Gang Starr
Buddy – De La Soul
Still Not a Player – Big Pun feat. Joe
Streets of New York – Kool G Rap
You Can’t Stop the Prophet – Jeru the Damaja
Hate It or Love It – The Game feat. 50 Cent
Shook Ones, Part II – Mobb Deep
Who Am I (What’s My Name?) – Snoop Dogg
Crossroads – Bones Thugs-n-Harmony
Slippin’ – DMX
‘Til I Collapse – Eminem feat. Nate Dogg
4th Chamber – GZA/Genius
Daylight – Aesop Rock
Notorious Thugs – The Notorious B.I.G. feat. Bones Thugs-n-Harmony
Gimme That Nut – Eazy-E
Keep Ya Head Up – Tupac
6 in the Morning – Ice-T
Alphabet Soup – Masta Ace
Respiration – Black Star
Get it Together – Beastie Boys
It’s Like That – Run D.M.C.
Let Me Ride – Dr. Dre
Step Into Da Cipher – Brand Nubian
Fall Back – Big L feat. Kool G Rap
MCs Act Like They Don’t Know – KRS-One
You Gots to Chill – EPMD
Bring the Pain – Method Man
Liquid Swords – GZA feat. RZA
Looking at the Front Door – Main Source
The Truth – Pharoahe Monch
Bonita Applebum – A Tribe Called Quest
Victory – Puff Daddy feat. The Notorious B.I.G. & Busta Rhymes
Feel So Good – Mase
C.R.E.A.M. – Wu-Tang Clan
The Message – Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five
Criminal Minded – Boogie Down Productions
Lyte as a Rock – MC Lyte
Feel Me Flow – Naughty By Nature
It Ain’t Hard to Tell – Nas
Mama Said Knock You Out – LL Cool J
The Show – Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick
Summertime – DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince
Gin and Juice – Snoop Dogg
Brooklyn Zoo – ‘Ol Dirty Bastard
Now That We Found Love – Heavy D. and the Boyz
Blu Collar Worker – Blu & Exile
Juicy – The Notorious B.I.G.
Paul Revere – Beastie Boys
Livin’ in the Jungle – Schoolly D
Playa’s Anthem – Junior M.A.F.I.A.
Rock Bottom – Eminem
The Ways – Masta Ace
Midnight in a Perfect World – DJ Shadow
One Day – UGK
So Many Tears – Tupac
Paparazzi – Xzibit
Now I Feel Ya – Scarface
Damn It Feels Good To Be A Gangsta – Geto Boyz
Ready or Not – Fugees
Hip Hip Quotables – Ludacris
Fats Cats and Bigga Fish – The Coup
Protect Ya Neck – Wu-Tang Clan
Enta Da Stage – Black Moon
Stunts, Blunts and Hip Hop – Diamond and the Psychotic Neurotics
Move Somethin’ – Talib Kweli
Boyz-N-The-Hood (Remix)– Eazy-E
Same Song – Digital Underground feat. Tupac
Rapper’s Delight – The Sugarhill Gang
Get Money – Junior M.A.F.I.A.
Players – Slum Village
Doin’ It – LL Cool J
Bring It On – Organized Konfusion
Where I’m From – Digable Planets
It’s Funky Enough – D.O.C.
Desire – Pharoahe Monch
The Seed (2.0) – The Roots
Bring It On – Jungle Brothers
Dope Boys – The Game feat. Travis Barker
If You Must – Del tha Funky Homosapien
Family and Friends – Pep Love
The Format – AZ
Warm It Up, Kane – Big Daddy Kane
Kick, Push – Lupe Fiasco
Fight Music – D12
Against the Grain – Kenn Starr
I Got 5 On It – Luniz feat. Michael Marshall
Deep Cover – Dr. Dre feat. Snoop Dogg
Concrete Schoolyard – Jurassic 5
Definitive – Company Flow
Warning – The Notorious B.I.G.
Mighty Healthy – Ghostface Killah
Stand and Deliver – Abstract Rude
Kick Push, Pt. II – Lupe Fiasco
Below the Heavens – Blu & Exile
Here I Am – Freestyle Fellowship
Put It On – Big L
Worst Comes to Worst – Dilated Peoples
The Ghetto – Too $hort
Oakland Blackouts – Hieroglyphics
Maaad Crew – Method Man & Redman
Vapors – Biz Markie
The Way I Am – Eminem
B.Y.S. – Gang Starr
Take You There – Pete Rock and C.L. Smooth
Jurass Finish First – Jurassic 5
Through the Wire – Kanye West
Crooklyn Dodgers – Chubb Rock, O.C. & Jeru the Damaja
Mathematics – Mos Def
Jam On It – Newcleus
The 6th Sense – Common feat. Bilal
1-Luv – E-40
Going Back to Cali – The Notorious B.I.G.
To Live & Die in L.A. – Tupac
Children’s Story – Slick Rick

Deleted By 8tracks:

I Left My Wallet in El Segundo – A Tribe Called Quest
Memory Lane – Nas
Unbelievable – The Notorious B.I.G.