Well, well, well, look who’s back at it again. Yes sirs and madams, it’s the one and only Optimus Prime at your service once again. This time I’ll be reviewing the top ten timeless tracks of all time, according to my taste and opinion of course, many of which you will hopefully agree with.
The K.G.B. – Binary Star
Binary Star has proven to be one of the most influential duo’s in the world of the underground Hip Hop scene. This track is extension of just that. K.G.B. brought together several different artists with different styles and flows on one murderous beat. Thank god for Binary Star.
Kick Push – Lupe Fiasco
Lupe Fiasco definitely took story telling to a different level with this one. Telling a story of a young kid and his love for skating, Lupe took the art of story telling and added his own chi-town twist to it.
Can’t Knock the Hustle – Jay-Z
Jay-Z’s Reasonable Doubt, his debut album, featured one of the most revered Hip Hop tracks of all time: Cant Knock the Hustle. Jay’s pimp, nonchalant, “I’m a badass,” flow and tone on the track give it a chill, and laid back feel. Not to mention Mary J. Blige on the chorus. Very nice.
N.Y. State of Mind – Nas
It’s only natural that this track should be on the list. With Nas being one of the most influential and consistent artists in the game for over 14 years, N.Y. State of Mind turned Hip-Hoppers out to the nitty and gritty of the Hip Hop culture.
L.A. Song – People Under The Stairs
Honestly, out of their hundreds of tracks, this is my favorite from PUTS. Timeless in a word. Remarkable in another. I can always rely on PUTS to come with the chillest, laid-back, beats and carefree lyrics. Point blank, this is an amazing track.
Super Fly – Giant Panda
This track right here, was cooked up by 3 innovative east coast Hip-Hoppers known as Giant Panda. This black, white, and Japanese trio sure knows how to get a club jumping with their electric, old school Hip-Hop style. It’s pretty contagious.
The Shining – Canto I
This duo from Vegas are fairly new to the hip hop scene, but I’m sure you’ll be hearing of them soon. The Shining in my opinion is one of their best tracks, good enough to be second on my top 25 most played list with 238 plays on my iTunes (only topped by Kick Push of course, with 380 plays). In my opinion Canto I is the rebirth of Hip-Hop, or rather what hip hop should be. Regardless don’t underestimate ‘em.
B-Boy – Crown City Rockers
Rather than being the ultimate tribute to Hip Hop music, this track is homage to all things that are Hip-Hop; rap, graffiti, breaking, etc. So I think it’s safe to say that this is the ultimate homage to the Hip-Hop culture itself.
Notable remix: Katrah-Quey
Section – The Roots
Apart from being one of the most influential Hip-Hop groups in the history of Hip-Hop, The Roots have come up with several hits over their award winning music spree. This track is without a doubt my favorite out of the hundreds of chart toppers they’ve created. Thank you Roots Crew, thank you for making great music.
Hopefully these ten tracks will remain in the hearts of Hip Hoppers for ages to come. And with that last inspirational word, I’m out, until next time guys. Keep rockin’ fresh.
Words by: Clayton (aka Optimus Prime)