There’s no doubt that rapping today is quite different than it was 20 years ago, but that doesn’t mean it’s all bad. Here are some examples of good hip hop songs to listen to. “Paradise City” by the JVC Force, which was critically acclaimed at the time, is a timeless classic. Its playful, funky vibe showcases the casual style of hip hop that would later reach the mainstream through groups such as Native Tongues and De La Soul.
“Get Ur Freak On” by Missy is pure chaos. Timbaland’s bonkers beat reflects Missy’s desire to push things to the limit. While hocking a loogie in the middle of a song might seem like a cheesy gesture, the rap artist’s desire to make things chaotic is palpable. There are few songs better than this.
Hip hop is the soundtrack of a New York City block party, and the music of this genre has evolved tremendously over the last 40 years. In 2017, hip hop became the most popular music genre in America, and its influence has spread globally. Streaming has made hip hop the dominant genre in pop music and has helped mold the rest of the genre into its image. If you want to learn about this unique genre, here are some of the best hip hop songs to listen to.
“The Light” by Common – A love song to a woman may not be a hip hop song, but it’s definitely worth listening to. This track, produced by Dirty Swift from the Midi Mafia, is a powerful example of social conscience hip hop. It’s so romantic, in fact, that it could be played at a wedding. If you’re planning to throw a party, “The Light” is the perfect song.