Best Hip-Hop Songs That'll Turn 30 in 2023

Best Hip-Hop Songs That'll Turn 30 in 2023

These iconic hip-hop songs were released 30 years ago in 1993.

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1993: It was an interesting year in hip-hop. The genre was starting to explode in popularity and a new generation of MCs were staking their claim as some of the best rappers around. As a result, a lot of dope and classic records were made.

That was 30 years ago, and many of those songs that were considered fresh and new at the time are now certified classics. Here are some of the best songs turning 30 in 2023.

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Wu-Tang Clan - “C.R.E.A.M”

Wu-Tang Clan - “C.R.E.A.M”

Wu-Tang Clan - C.R.E.A.M. (Official HD Video)

This is the record that put Wu-Tang Clan on the map, and staked their claim as arguably the best hip-hop group of all time.

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A Tribe Called Quest - “Award Tour”

A Tribe Called Quest - “Award Tour”

A Tribe Called Quest - Award Tour (Official Video)

A Tribe Called Quest already had two exceptional projects before the release of Midnight Marauders. “Award Tour” was the first single from this classic record and gave fans a preview of what they’d hear on the group’s third album of the 90s.

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Snoop Dogg - “Murder Was the Case”

Snoop Dogg - “Murder Was the Case”

Snoop Dogg - Murder Was the Case

Unfortunately for Snoop, this was song was not fiction. In reality, he really faced a murder charge, but thankfully for him, he beat it, which led to the creation of this song.

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Outkast - “Player’s Ball”

Outkast - “Player’s Ball”

Outkast - Player’s Ball (Official HD Video)

Before they sold millions of records and were a pop sensation, Outkast was simply a duo of young MCs from Atlanta. Their debut single, “Player’s Ball,” introduced them to the music world.

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2pac - “Keep Ya Head Up”

2pac - “Keep Ya Head Up”

Tupac - Keep Ya Head Up (Official Video)

One of 2pac’s most thoughtful records is also one of his most popular. His genuine lyrics on this record make for a timeless listen.

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Naughty By Nature - “Hip Hop Hooray”

Naughty By Nature - “Hip Hop Hooray”

Naughty by Nature - Hip Hop Hooray (Official Music Video)

This song was made for hip-hop. If you want to express your love for the genre, there’s no better record to play.

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Digable Planets - “Where I’m From”

Digable Planets - “Where I’m From”

Digable Planets - Where I’m From

One of the more underrated groups of the 90s, Digable Plants has its share of classic records including, “z,” but this record is the most upbeat and fun to listen to.

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Queen Latifah - “U.N.I.T.Y.”

Queen Latifah - “U.N.I.T.Y.”

Queen Latifah - U.N.I.T.Y. (Official Music Video)

Young rap listeners may know Queen Latifah more for her acting ability, but before any of that, she was one of the dopest MCs out. This track displays better than no other.

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Cypress Hill - “Insane In The Brain”

Cypress Hill - “Insane In The Brain”

Cypress Hill - Insane In The Brain (Official Video)

One of the most prolific hip-hop groups of all time has thousands of songs that they’ve released since they came out in the late 1980s, but this one may be the most recognizable, thankful to that classic hook.

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Ice Cube - “You Know How We Do It”

Ice Cube - “You Know How We Do It”

Ice Cube - You Know How We Do It (Official Music Video)

During the 90s, Ice Cube was known as one of the most hard-hitting MCs with the most ruthless lyrics out. Although he was;t like that on this track, it sounds just as good.

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Souls Of Mischief - “93 ‘Til Infinity”

Souls Of Mischief - “93 ‘Til Infinity”

Souls Of Mischief - 93 ‘Til Infinity

Here’s another underrated group of the 90s. Their most popular song to date is also one of the best songs that display all of their lyrical skills as MC.

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Salt-N-Pepa - “Shoop”

Salt-N-Pepa - “Shoop”

Salt-N-Pepa - Shoop

This song was an absolute banger in 1993, reaching four on the Billboard Hot 100, and launched this iconic group into mainstream stardom.

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Lords Of The Underground - “Chief Rocka”

Lords Of The Underground - “Chief Rocka”

Lords of the Underground - Chief Rocka

This song from the Newark, N.J., group perfectly displays their energetic and aggressive rap style.

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Onyx - “Slam”

Onyx - “Slam”

Onyx - Slam

Onyx is one of the wildest and most energetic rap groups of all time and this track perfectly displayed that. I can’t think of a hip-hop show I’d be more worried about attending in the mid-90s based on the music video alone.

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Eazy-E - “Real Muthaphuckkin G’s”

Eazy-E - “Real Muthaphuckkin G’s”

Eazy-E - Real Muthaphuckkin G’s (Music Video)

At this point in his career, Eazy-E’s rearview mirror was in a full-fledged beef with former N.W.A. producer Dr. Dre and all of Death Row Records. This raw and ruthless diss track perfectly displays his disdain for Dre, Suge and all of Death Row.

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De La Soul - “Breakadawn” 

De La Soul - “Breakadawn” 

De La Soul - Breakadawn

Thankfully, De La Soul’s early albums have become available on streaming services, so younger hip-hop fans get a chance to enjoy this relaxing and timeless record.

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KRS-One - “Sound of da Police”

KRS-One - “Sound of da Police”

KRS-One - Sound of da Police (Official Video)

KRS-One is one of the most conscious rappers ever and this track describes his dislike for the po po.

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