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Best Spotify Hip Hop Playlists 1987-1996

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Ask ten people and you will probably get ten different answers to the question of what period in time exactly constitutes Hip Hop’s Golden Age. Here at HHGA we always look at the ten-year period from 1987 through 1996. For your convenience and enjoyment, we have compiled a playlist with the very best songs from those ten years, along with a playlist for each year separately. Enjoy!

Best Of 1987

Tracklist:

  1. Public Enemy – Rebel Without A Pause
  2. Eric B & Rakim – I Ain’t No Joke
  3. Audio Two – Top Billin’
  4. Eazy E – Boyz N The Hood (Original)
  5. Just Ice ft KRS One – Going Way Back
  6. LL Cool J – I’m Bad
  7. Boogie Down Productions –  Criminal Minded
  8. Eric B & Rakim – Paid In Full
  9. Public Enemy – Public Enemy No. 1
  10. N.W.A. – Dopeman (Original)
  11. Boogie Down Productions – The Bridge Is Over
  12. Ice T – Squueze The Trigger
  13. JVC Force – Strong Island
  14. Ultramagnetic MCs – Funky (Original)
  15. Big Daddy Kane – Raw (Edit)
  16. T La Rock – Lyrical King
  17. Boogie Down Productions – Poetry
  18. Too Short – Freaky Tales
  19. Eric B & Rakim – My Melody
  20. Public Enemy – You’re Gonna Get Yours
  21. Biz Markie – Nobody Beats The Biz
  22. Kool Moe Dee – How Ya Like Me Now
  23. MC Shan – Kill That Noise
  24. Rodney O & Joe Cooley – Everlasting Bass
  25. Spoonie Gee – The Godfather
  26. Dana Dane – Cinderfella Dana Dane
  27. Heavy D & The Boyz – The Overweight Lovers In The House
  28. Steady B – What’s My Name
  29. Eric B & Rakim – Move The Crowd

Best Of 1988

Tracklist:

  1. Eric B & Rakim – Microphone Fiend
  2. Big Daddy Kane – Set It Off
  3. Boogie Down Productions – My Philosophy
  4. Public Enemy – Black Steel In The Hour Chaos
  5. N.W.A – Straight Outta Compton
  6. Slick Rick – Children’s Story
  7. Ice T – Colors
  8. Public Enemy – Don’t Believe The Hype
  9. N.W.A – F*** Tha Police
  10. Eric B & Rakim – Follow The Leader
  11. EPMD – You Gots To Chill
  12. Stetsasonic – Talkin’ All That Jazz
  13. MC Lyte – Paper Thin
  14. Biz Markie – Vapors
  15. Eazy E – Boyz N The Hood (Remix)
  16. Eric B & Rakim – Lyrics Of Fury
  17. Big Daddy Kane – Ain’t No Half Steppin’
  18. Marley Marl – The Symphony
  19. Run DMC- Beats To The Rhyme
  20. DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – Brand New Funk
  21. Ultramagnetic MCs – Watch Me Now
  22. Tuff Crew – My Part Of Town
  23. LL Cool J – Jack The Ripper
  24. Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock – It Takes Two
  25. Audio Two – I Don’t Care
  26. Jungle Brothers – Straight Out The Jungle
  27. Too Short – Life Is…
  28. Mantronix – Sing A Song (Break It Down)
  29. Three Times Dope – Greatest Man Alive

Best Of 1989

Tracklist:

  1. Public Enemy – Fight The Power
  2. MC Lyte – Cha Cha Cha
  3. De La Soul – Potholes In My Lawn
  4. Beastie Boys – Shake Your Rump
  5. EPMD – So Wat Cha Sayin’
  6. The D.O.C. – It’s Funky Enough
  7. Big Daddy Kane – Smooth Operator
  8. Ice T – You Played Yourself
  9. Special Ed – I Got It Made
  10. Gang Starr – Manifest
  11. Queen Latifah ft Monie Love – Ladies First
  12. Big Daddy Kane – Warm It Up Kane
  13. Biz Markie – Just A Friend
  14. Boogie Down Productions – You Must Learn
  15. EPMD – The Big Payback
  16. 3rd Bass – Brooklyn Queens
  17. The D.O.C. – The Formula
  18. Queen Latifah – Wrath Of My Madness
  19. Geto Boys – Mind Of A Lunatic
  20. LL Cool J – It Gets No Rougher
  21. Nice & Smooth – Funky For You
  22. Jungle Brothers – Sunshine
  23. Low Profile – Aladdin’s On A Rampage
  24. Kool Moe Dee – Let’s Go
  25. Ice T – The Hunted Child
  26. King Sun – Mythological Rapper
  27. Tone Loc – Wild Thing
  28. Digital Underground – Doowutchyalike
  29. Beastie Boys – B-Boy Bouillabaisse

Best Of 1990

Tracklist:

  1. LL Cool J – Mama Said Knock You Out
  2. Boogie Down Productions – Love’s Gonna Getcha
  3. Public Enemy – Burn Hollywood Burn
  4. N.W.A – 100 Miles And Runnin’
  5. Poor Righteous Teachers – Rock Dis Funky Joint
  6. A Tribe Called Quest – Bonita Applebum
  7. Eric B & Rakim – Let The Rhythm Hit Em
  8. Brand Nubian – Slow Down
  9. Too Short – The Ghetto
  10. Kool G Rap & DJ Polo – Streets Of New York
  11. Digital Underground – Humpty Dance
  12. Gang Starr – Jazz Thing
  13. Above The Law – Murder Rap
  14. Public Enemy – Welcome To The Terrordome
  15. A Tribe Called Quest – Can I Kick It?
  16. EPMD ft. LL Cool J – Rampage
  17. Paris – The Devil Made Me Do It
  18. Ice Cube ft Chuck D – Endangered Species
  19. Eric B & Rakim – In The Ghetto
  20. Kid Frost – La Raza
  21. CPO ft MC Ren – Ballad Of A Menace
  22. Intelligent Hoodlum – Intelligent Hoodlum
  23. King Tee ft Ice Cube & Breeze – Played Like A Piano
  24. King Sun – Be Black
  25. K-Solo – Fugitive
  26. Ice Cube – Dead Homiez
  27. Chubb Rock – Treat Em Right
  28. D-Nice – Call Me D-Nice
  29. Geto Boys – F*** Em

Best Of 1991

Tracklist:

  1. Geto Boys – Mind Playing Tricks On Me
  2. A Tribe Called Quest – Check The Rhime
  3. DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – Summertime
  4. Naughty By Nature – O.P.P.
  5. Ice T – O.G. Original Gangster
  6. Black Sheep – The Choice Is Yours
  7. Cypress Hill – How I Could Just Kill A Man
  8. Main Source – Live At Barbeque
  9. Public Enemy – Can’t Truss It
  10. Gang Starr – Just To get A Rep
  11. Ice Cube – Color Blind
  12. Ed OG & Da Bulldogs – Be A Father To Your Child
  13. A Tribe Called Quest – Scenario
  14. 2Pac – Brenda’s Got A Baby
  15. Kool Moe Dee ft KRS One & Chuck D – Rise N Shine
  16. N.W.A – Alwayz Into Somethin’
  17. Nice & Smooth – Hip Hop Junkies
  18. MC Lyte – Poor Georgie
  19. Scarface – A Minute To Pray And A Second To Die
  20. Pete Rock & CL Smooth – Go With The Flow
  21. Del The Funky Homosapien – Mistadabolina
  22. Compton’s Most Wanted – Growin’ Up In The Hood
  23. Heavy D & The Boyz – Don’t Curse
  24. Leaders Of The New School – International Zone Coaster
  25. Naughty By Nature – Everything’s Gonna Be Alright
  26. Gang Starr – Step In The Arena
  27. Ice Cube – Steady Mobbin’
  28. Tim Dog – F*** Compton
  29. DJ Quik – Born And Raised In Compton

Best Of 1992

Tracklist:

  1. Pete Rock & CL Smooth – They Reminisce Over You
  2. The Pharcyde – Passin’ Me By
  3. Ice Cube – It Was A Good Day
  4. Eric B & Rakim – Know The Ledge
  5. Gang Starr – Take It Personal
  6. Beastie Boys – Pass The Mic
  7. House Of Pain – Jump Around
  8. Digable Planets – Rebirth Of Slick (Cool Like Dat)
  9. The Goats – Typical American
  10. Redman – Time 4 Sumaksion
  11. Bushwick Bill – Ever So Clear
  12. Boogie Down Productions – Duck Down
  13. Fu-Schnickens – La Schmoove
  14. Too Short – In The Trunk
  15. Arrested Development – People Everyday
  16. MC Serch – Back To The Grill
  17. Geto Boys – Damn It Feels Good To Be A Gangsta
  18. EPMD ft Redman & K-Solo – Headbanger
  19. Das EFX – They Want EFX
  20. Diamond D – Best Kept Secret
  21. Kool G Rap – On The Run
  22. Positive K – I Got A Man
  23. Eric B & Rakim – Don’t Sweat The Technique
  24. Paris – The Days Of Old
  25. Showbiz & AG – Represent
  26. Compton’s Most Wanted – Hood Took Me Under
  27. DJ Quik – Way 2 Fonky
  28. UGK – Use Me Up
  29. The Disposable Heroes Of Hiphoprisy – Language Of Violence

Best Of 1993

Tracklist:

  1. Wu-Tang Clan – C.R.E.A.M.
  2. A Tribe Called Quest – Electric Relaxation
  3. Souls Of Mischief – 93 Til Infinity
  4. Snoop Doggy Dogg – Gin & Juice
  5. KRS One – Sound Of Da Police
  6. Wu-Tang Clan – Protect Ya Neck
  7. OutKast – Players Ball
  8. 2Pac – Keep Ya Head Up
  9. The Notorious B.I.G. – Party & Bullshit
  10. A Tribe Called Quest – Award Tour
  11. Jeru The Damaja – Come Clean
  12. Scarface – Now I Feel Ya
  13. Run DMC – Down With The King
  14. Naughty By Nature – Hip Hop Hooray
  15. Lords Of The Underground – Chief Rocka
  16. Queen Latifah – U.N.I.T.Y.
  17. Cypress Hill – Insane In The Brain
  18. Snoop Doggy Dogg – GZs & Hustlas
  19. Black Moon – How Many MCs
  20. 2Pac ft Digital Underground – I Get Around
  21. Wu-Tang Clan – Da Mystery Of Chessboxin’
  22. Onyx – Slam
  23. MC Eiht – Streight Up Menace
  24. Ice Cube – You Know How We Do It
  25. DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – I Wanna Rock
  26. Geto Boys – Six Feet Deep
  27. Intelligent Hoodlum – Grand Groove
  28. Ice T ft Brother Marquis – 99 Problems
  29. Eazy E – Real Muthaphukkin G’s

Best Of 1994

Tracklist:

  1. Nas – NY State Of Mind

Best Of 1995

Tracklist:

  1. 2Pac – Dear Mama
  2. Mobb Deep – Shook Ones Pt 2
  3. KRS One – MCs Act Like They Don’t Know
  4. Luniz – I Got 5 On It
  5. Method Man ft Mary J Blige – I’ll Be There For You / You’re All I Need To Get By
  6. Ol’ Dirty Bastard – Shimmy Shimmy Ya
  7. GZA – Liquid Swords
  8. The Pharcyde – Runnin’
  9. Raekwon ft Method Man, Ghostface Killah & Cappadonna – Ice Cream
  10. Dr Dre – Keep Their Heads Ringing
  11. 2Pac – So Many Tears
  12. Bone Thugs N Harmony – 1st Of Tha Month
  13. Raekwon ft Nas & Ghostface Killah – Verbal Intercourse
  14. Ice Cube – Friday
  15. Big L – Street Struck
  16. Goodie Mob – Cell Therapy
  17. Coolio – Gangsta’s Paradise
  18. OutKast – Benz Or Beamer
  19. Channel Live ft KRS One – Mad Izm
  20. LL Cool J – Doin’ It
  21. Ol’ Dirty Bastard – Brooklyn Zoo
  22. Crooklyn Dodgers 95 – Return Of The Crooklyn Dodgers
  23. The Roots – Distortion To Static
  24. AZ – Uncut Raw
  25. Jurassic 5 – Unified Rebelution
  26. Naughty By Nature – Feel Me Flow
  27. Junior Mafia – Players Anthem
  28. Smif N Wessun – Wrekonize
  29. Group Home – Livin’ Proof

Best Of 1996

Tracklist:

  1. Bone Thugs N Harmony – Tha Crossroads
  2. Ghostface Killah – All That I Got Is You
  3. 2Pac – I Ain’t Mad At Cha
  4. Nas – If I Ruled The World
  5. OutKast – Elevators (Me & You)
  6. Lost Boyz – Renee
  7. The Roots – What They Do
  8. Xzibit – Paparazzi
  9. Mobb Deep – Hell On Earth
  10. 2Pac – To Live And Die In L.A.
  11. OutKast – ATLiens
  12. Dr Octagon – Earth People
  13. Nas – The Message
  14. The Roots – Clones
  15. Redman – Whateva Man
  16. The Fugees – Ready Or Not
  17. Ras Kass – Nature Of The Threat
  18. Jeru The Damaja – Ya Playin Yaself
  19. Busta Rhymes – Woo Hah!! Got You All In Check
  20. A Tribe Called Quest – 1nce Again
  21. Ghostface Killah ft Raekwon & Cappadonna – Daytona 500
  22. Lord Finesse ft KRS One & O.C. – Brainstorm PSK (No Gimmicks Remix)
  23. Ultra – The Industry Is Wack
  24. Bahamadia – 3 The Hard Way
  25. OutKast – Jazzy Belle
  26. Geto Boys – Still
  27. Poor Righteous Teachers ft KRS One – Conscious Style
  28. UGK – One Day
  29. West Side Connection – Bow Down

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