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Rolling Stone releases list of 50 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs of All Time and No Lauryn Hill….

By Carla B.

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In the top 10…..?


When I think of hip hop…I must say its all about the Doo Wop. That type of harmony with musical qualities, stylized rhythmic sounds and a vast amount of vocal parts, providing authentic context. Hip hop is a culture — epitomizing resistance and struggle and can be used as a bridge to learn other things like literary interpretations, history, life, science and is a mnemonic device that can once again be used to  facilitate learning. That’s pretty significant, right?

Well in light of it all, Rolling Stone is celebrating the genre in a big way, featuring a cover honoring some of the hottest rap acts of all time.

Editors of the magazine polled 33 blue-ribbon artists such as; Talib Kweli, MC Lyte, Q-Tip, Nas, Jermaine Dupri, Rick Rubin, Luther Campbell, Busta Rhymes amongst others — all sharing what their favorite hip-hop track was. Record producers, industry professionals and music journalists also chimed in.

Notorious B.I.G., Tupac, Eminem and H.O.V.A aka Jay-Z – make up the top 4, and will grace the front of Rolling Stone commemorating the ‘honor.’


As to the list… well I for one was surprised that hip hop legends such as Lauryn Hill, Whodini, Gangstarr, Scarface, Special Ed’s I Got it Made, and Digital Underground did NOT make the lists top 10.

Seriously…no Lauryn Hill…in the top 10?

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A quick reminder to Rolling Stone, and let’s just sum it up with “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.” The singer, songwriter, actress, producer, mother, etc etc etc, is a 5 time Grammy Award winning artist, including the prized Album of the Year and Best New Artist, for the critically acclaimed 1998 album that launched her solo career following her work with the Fugees.

Miseducation has also been a commercial success, with over seven million sales in the U.S. by the end of 2010. The fan favorite, to this day, is praised for her rich lyrical themes, earning the singer a place among the greatest albums of the 1990s, and potentially the greatest album of all time.

The multifaceted diva jumps from old roots reggae to contemporary R&B, and from soul to hip hop and gospel, and to rhythmically delivered spoken poetry…all of it can be summed up in 2 words, “purely Laurynhillesque.”

The Fugees singer has cemented her unique sound in her fan’s ears and souls for a lifetime.

“Could You Be Loved,” and “Doo Wop (That Thing),” has kept most of us…well….yearning for more groundbreaking and transformative rap music… that reaches our youth.

The verdict?

‘It was the hip hop artists, producers and other industry taste-makers that decided the vote,”….so I digress…a tad bit.

Notably, the list is definitely lacking….Rolling Stone… is dubiously miseducated.. or are we?! In any case, true hip hop enthusiasts want to relate and yearn for artists who don’t shy away from truth.

True hip hop has merit and is built on vocal harmony and yes….doo-wop too. So when these hip-hop pundits talk…do people really listen?


Credit: Rolling Stone

Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson shared his perspective on hip hop with the mag, “I was eight years old when “Rapper’s Delight” made its world premiere on Philadelphia radio. It happened at 8:24 p.m. on a Thursday, after a dinner of porgies, string beans and creamed corn. Me and my sister, Donn, were sneaking a listen of the local soul station while washing dishes­ when an army of percussion and a syncopated Latin piano line came out of my grandma’s JVC clock radio – what appeared to be Chic’s “Good Times.” How was I to know that my world would come crashing down in a matter of 5, 4, 3, 2 ,

I said a hip, hop, the hippy to the hippy/To the hip hip hop, you don’t stop. . . .”

Oh yes — I can def relate too @QuestLove.

“These sounds had incredible power if you grew up with hip-hop: There was the summer I spent trying to match the mix to “The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel,” note for note, on two Fisher-Price turntables. (My father, unimpressed, told me, “There ain’t a living spinning other people’s music” – little did you know, Dad, little did you know.) There were so many times when a song premiere could stop you in your tracks, then become a subject of discussion for the next four hours: in the high school lunchroom when me and Black Thought heard “Wrath of Kane” for the first time, or my first listen to “Fight the Power” – it sounded like Pharoah Sanders and Rahsaan Roland Kirk had gotten into a knife fight.”

The highest-charting female rapper on the list is Missy Elliott, whose “Get Your Freak On” came in at No. 38.


The full list of 50 hip-hop songs will appear in the latest issue of Rolling Stone, which hits stands today, Dec. 7.


Check out Rolling Stones list of top 10 songs of all time:


1.    “The Message” – Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five
2.    “Rapper’s Delight” – Sugarhill Gang
3.    “Planet Rock” – Afrika Bambaataa & the Soul Sonic Force
4.    “Sucker M.C.’s” – Run-DMC
5.    “Mind Playing Tricks on Me” – Geto Boys
6.    “Nuthin’ But a ‘G’ Thang” – Dr. Dre feat. Snoop Doggy Dogg
7.    “Fight the Power” – Public Enemy
8.    “Juicy” – Notorious B.I.G.
9.    “Straight Outta Compton” – N.W.A.
10.  “Paid in Full” – Erik B. and Rakim

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A lil Doo Wop for the hip hop heads — Enjoy!