Rap is a genre of music that has gotten the most popular in the last 5 or 10 years. It involves the fast singing of verses and a chorus. There are numerous rap greats that have produced memorable songs which pull out strong emotional responses. Eminem is one of these artists that often pulls out angry vibes in his extremely fast rapping songs; often about his life. We learn from his songs that he has had a rough life, and many other rappers can often tell us these stories, We will list for you the top 10 greatest rap songs, with the artist included, and a brief description of each.
1. Lose Yourself by Eminem
This is probably Eminem’s greatest song of all time. It was featured in the movie “8 Mile,” which he also acted in. It has a strong message and a fantastic chorus. This song will be remembered for a long time, and be known as possibly the best of Eminem’s many masterpieces.
2. Gangsta Paradise by Coolio
This song was No. 69 on Billboard’s Greatest Songs of all Time and No. 38 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop. Coolio was awarded a Grammy award for song/album. The song is not new; it is a rendition of Stevie Wonder’s “Pastime Paradise”.
3. Not Afraid by Eminem
Another incredible rap song by Eminem. This song delivers a beautifully crafted image of Eminem’s life. The chorus is great, and in Eminem’s last verse he talks about getting clean. This song often will leave you in awe of how deep the message in the lyrics is, and it is truly an incredible song.
4. Dead and Gone by T.I. Feat. Justin Timberlake
This single was featured on Billboard Hot 100 as No. 76 before it was released officially. It was nominated for “Best Rap/Sung Collaboration” and “Best Rap Song” at the Grammy Awards.
5. Fight for Your Right (to Party) by Beastie Boys
The Beastie Boys are a very funny rap band that delivers both funny lyrics and funny music videos. This song is a party anthem and has one of the best music videos of all time.
6. Bust a Move by Young MC
A rapsong that can’t help to make you groove to the music. This is a hilarious song that was and still is played constantly.
7. Ice Ice Baby by Vanilla Ice
A memorable song that features humorous similes all throughout the song. This song is so popular that it was sung by the music group Glee.
8. Sabotage by Beastie Boys
Another hilarious song by the Beastie Boys. It is on the video game Rock Band and is a very amusing song to hear sung.
9. Love the Way You Lie by Eminem Feat. Rihanna
The theme to the song was strong and is attributed to domestic violence. The music has an excellent mix of acoustics guitar and piano and comes from the point of view of someone who is in a love-hate relationship. It was at No. 1 on 25 charts worldwide and was on Billboard Hot 100 for 7 weeks.
10. Live Your Life by T.I. (feat. Rihanna)
Although he has been in jail for a good portion of his career, he has produced when out of jail. This song features the famous internet sing “Numa Numa,” and tells of T.I.’s life story.
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