Hip Hop didn’t always push multi-platinum tracks and there were times when rappers struggled with sales but the culture itself always managed to generate superstars that led the way.
This is why the gender is going strong even after 40 years so below we’re going to highlight 10 Hip Hop singles that changed the game forever and led to massive airplay for Rap artists.
1.”Sucker MC” – Run D.M.C (1983)
A new age had arrived when Hip Hop broke away from disco , fast pace rhythms and lyrics would now dominate the scene. Run D.M.C. were the first ones to offer a new perspective on this music gender.
2. N.W.A. – “F*ck the Police” (1988)
In 1988 the oppressed youth finally got a trustworthy speaker that showed everyone what they were thinking. With lyrics like `they have the authority to kill a minority` a movement was on the rise, and it did rise.
3.”Straight Outta Compton” – N.W.A (1989)
Dope lyrics, banned and censored content, and the ability to shift the Hip Hop universe from New York to L.A. This is what N.W.A. did in 1989.
4. “Fight the power” – Public Enemy (1989)
Just playing this to a big audience could start up a riot alone. The track is full of raw energy while highlighting the oppressive institutions that people are almost obligated to react to it.
5.”Nuthin` But a G Thang” – Dr.Dre ft. Snoop Dogg (1992)
The track that cemented Dr. Dre`s spot as the king of West Coast Hip Hop. “Nothin’ But a G Thang” also introduced Snoop Dogg into the spotlight and everyone says that this is the moment Rap turned from crack to weed. Which is a good thing, isn’t it?
6.”C.R.E.A.M” – Wu Tang Clan (1993)
While laying the ground rules for street capitalism, the Clan delivers a somehow messy but tight sound that got music listeners hypnotized beyond New York, and beyond U.S.A. The song is 20 years strong and still going.
7. “Juicy” – Notorious B.I.G (1994)
A track that talks about turning poverty into success, confronting stereotypes and false goals. A great single that turned Biggy into a legend. Not that he wasn’t already.
8. “Dear Mama” – 2Pac (1995)
A sentimental but strong song from one of the world’s toughest rappers. This was an ode 2Pac wrote to share his true feelings about his mother and her battles.
9.”Lose Yourself” – Eminem (2002)
A track that defines Eminem as an artist.
While effortlessly switching from first to third person perspectives, the rapper managed to highlight all his struggles into a smashing hit that still remains a smash 14 years after the recording process was over.
10. “In Da Club” – 50 Cent (2003)
50 went straight to number one with this one and change the game forever while going from no record sales to almost 10 million albums pushed worldwide. His style was fresh, his rhymes were raw and the man could also sound melodic without being corny.
50 should also thank Dr. Dre and Eminem for this one but everyone needs to admit that he was the right person at the right time.