New Book Lists The Most Important Rap Songs Every Year From 1979


Shea Serrano’s The Rap Year Book: The Most Important Rap Song From Every Year Since 1979, Discussed, Debated, and Deconstructed does pretty much what its title suggests.

Released earlier this month, it’s New York Times best seller, and is presently sold out on Amazon.
Here are the 36 songs Serrano has deemed most important (which doesn’t necessarily mean best) since 1979:
1979 ‘Rapper’s Delight’ The Sugarhill Gang
1980 ‘The Breaks’ Kurtis Blow

1981 ‘Jazzy Sensation’ Afrika Bambaataa and the Jazzy Five

1982 ‘The Message’ Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five

1983 ‘Sucker M.C.’s’ Run-DMC

1984 ‘Friends’ Whodini

1985 ‘La Di Da Di’ Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick

1986 ‘6 in the Mornin” Ice-T

1987 ‘Paid in Full’ Eric B. and Rakim

1988 ‘Straight Outta Compton’ N.W.A

1989 ‘Fight the Power’ Public Enemy

1990 ‘Bonita Applebum’ A Tribe Called Quest

1991 ‘Mind Playing Tricks on Me’ Geto Boys

1992 ‘Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ Thang’ Dr. Dre, featuring Snoop Dogg

1993 ‘C.R.E.A.M.’ Wu-Tang Clan

1994 ‘Juicy’ The Notorious B.I.G.

1995 ‘Dear Mama’ Tupac

1996 ‘California Love’ Tupac, featuring Dr. Dre and Roger Troutman

1997 ‘Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down’ Puff Daddy, featuring Mase

1998 ‘Ruff Ryders’ Anthem’ DMX

1999 ‘My Name Is’ Eminem

2000 ‘Big Pimpin” Jay Z, featuring UGK

2001 ‘Takeover’ vs. ‘Ether’ Jay Z vs. Nas

2002 ‘Grindin” The Clipse

2003 ‘In Da Club’ 50 Cent

2004 ‘Still Tippin” Mike Jones, featuring Slim Thug and Paul Wall

2005 ‘Gold Digger’ Kanye West, featuring Jamie Foxx

2006 ‘Hustlin” Rick Ross

2007 ‘International Players Anthem’ UGK, featuring Outkast

2008 ‘A Milli’ Lil Wayne

2009 ‘Best I Ever Had’ Drake

2010 ‘Monster’ Kanye West, featuring Rick Ross, Jay Z, Bon Iver, and Nicki Minaj

2011 ‘Niggas in Paris’ Jay Z and Kanye West

2012 ‘Same Love’ Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

2013 ‘Control’ Big Sean, featuring Kendrick Lamar and Jay Electronica

2014 ‘Lifestyle’ Rich Gang, featuring Young Thug and Rich Homie Quan
What do you think? And what do you think should be the entry for 2015?


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