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I'm a Sociology Professor at the University of Toronto. I write about gun violence, health disparities, and Hip Hop culture. When I'm not doing research, I like pop-locking, swimming, and learning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. This is my first blog. I hope you like it.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

What are your top 5 Hip Hop songs of all-time?

Most Hip Hop heads I know have had this conversation at some point: Who are your top 5 favorite artists of all time?  And why?

I'll leave that list for another day, but I wanted to write a post on a similar question: What are your top 5 favorite Hip Hop songs of all-time?  For some reason, I find it easier for me to think about particular songs instead of artists (who occasionally have crappy albums or albums that include a couple of heaters and a bunch of filler)...

I started thinking about this post a few weeks ago while riding the subway in Toronto.  When I first started thinking about my list, I had to initially fight the urge to make a list that would "sound good" or that would make me look like a seasoned Hip Hop head.  5 years ago, my list might have looked a lot different.  It might have included certain artists/songs that I knew were well respected amongst underground and mainstream cats alike.
Maybe it's a sign that I've exited early adulthood, but at 31, I don't feel the need to front like this anymore...So, the following list is a very honest attempt at the 5 Hip Hop songs that I most enjoy listening to...What are your top 5 songs?

1. Canibus--No Return

2. Nas--Represent

3. The Game--Dreams

4. Outkast--Atliens

5. Del--Mastermind


  1. 5)Nas-The World is Yours
    4)LL Cool J ft. Boyz II Men - Hey Lover
    3)Tupac Shakur - Life Goes On
    2)Puff Daddy ft. Faith Evans and 112 - I'll Be Missing You
    1)Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five-The Message

    1. Thanks for your list! I like many of those tracks, too!


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