Miss Info has revealed the top five hip-hop songs ever as chosen by VH1 for their “100 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs” countdown that’s set to air this Monday. The top pick? “Fight the Power” by Public Enemy.
I’ve got no argument with that one considering its impact (re: using hip-hop as expression of social conscience), but the rest of the top five is a bit sketchy:
2) “Rapper’s Delight” by Sugar Hill Gang
3) “Nuthin but a ‘G’ Thang” by Dr. Dre
4) “Walk this Way” by Run DMC and Aerosmith
5) “The Message” by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five
“The Message”’s inclusion is certainly evident, as it introduced gritty story telling into hip-hop, and “Nuthin’ But a ‘G’ Thang” is a classic, but why are “Rapper’s Delight” and “Walk This Way” so high? “Rapper’s Delight” is considered one of the first hip-hop records, but that doesn’t mean it’s the “greatest”: it just means it came first. If given the choice, I’d listen to about a 1,000 different hip-hop songs rather than listening to “Rapper’s Delight.” And “Walk this Way” introduced hip-hop to white kids, but it’s not even in the top five of best Run-DMC songs.
And no Biggie or Tupac in the top five? You’d think “Hypnotize” would at least make the cut. Miss Info only knows the top five, but Snoop, Eminem, Biggie, Tupac, and Jay-Z all make the top 20. The first show airs all next week at 9 p.m. EST. [Miss Info]