Top 50 Old School Hip Hop Workout Songs

Written by Jason FerruggiaTopics: Motivation


chuck_d-animAfter 12 I’m worse than a Gremlin, feed me hip hop and I’ll start trembling.”
– Rakim

I’ve had an intense love affair with hip hop music since it’s birth. I grew up listening to Run DMC, Public Enemy, Slick Rick, LL, The Beasties and Big Daddy Kane.  In the early 90’s I spent my free time mixing records on Technique 1200’s.

This is a subject I’m very passionate about and have spent decades studying. I was originally gonna simply list the top 50, but I figured that would be a cop out.

To do this right I had to put them in order and count them down.

As such, this post took me longer than any other in the history of this blog; twenty-six years and fours to be exact.

Some very tough decisions had to be made.

For those who don’t know, Old School Hip Hop is technically anything up to 1995. So anything released after that will not be included on the list.

Here we go…

50) Time to Flow: D-Nice ft. Treach
This record was slept on big time. Not a lot of people know about it or remember it but it’s definitely worth adding to your warm up mix.

49) I’m Bad: LL Cool J
Long before he was a cast member of NCIS, LL was B-A-D.

48) Bring Da Ruckus: Wu Tang Clan
Perfect for the ride to the gym when you’re about to bring the ruckus on the weights.

47) Scenario: A Tribe Called Quest
Tied with Public Enemy as the greatest hip hop group of all time, Tribes music never really packed the aggressive beats and lyrics to make it gym worthy. But this one definitely gets you amped.

46) Raw: Big Daddy Kane
Arguably one of the top five lyricists of all time, Kane brings it with fury.

45) Time 4 Sum Aksion: Redman
The chorus alone makes it a great workout song.

44) Momma Said Knock You Out: LL Cool J
The title is all you need to hear. LL at his best.

43) How I Could Just Kill a Man: Cypress Hill
Perfect for the warm up part of your training mix to get you ready to kill weights.

42) Follow the Leader: Eric B. & Rakim
Rakim slays it over a dark Eric B beat.

41) 19 Naughty III: Naughty By Nature
Very few people remember this one since it was just a lowly intro track but Treach goes all out and kills it as usual.

40) Criminology: Raekwon
Raekwon’s debut record blew peoples minds when it came out. This was the standout training song.

39) Buck Em Down: Black Moon
“To the weak, what we do, buck em down, word life.” Don’t be weak.

38) You’re Gonna Get Yours: Public Enemy
25 years later this still sounds better than almost anything else out there.

37) Wrath of Kane (Live): Big Daddy Kane
Nasty flow. Great for some high intensity conditioning or hill sprints.

36) I Aint Goin Out Like That: Cypress Hill
I used to challenge the weights in my head when this song was playing. I aint going out without dominating you.

35) Know the Ledge: Eric B & Rakim
The classic track from Juice.

34) Portrait of the Artist as a Hood: 3rd Bass
3rd Bass was always very underrated in my opinion but they were both very formidable MC’s and had some strong beats backing them. This one’s a prime example.

33) Jeep Ass Nigguh: Masta Ace
“Brainiac dumb, dumbs, bust the scientifical, approach the course and the force is centrifugal.” Who says that? Ace could rhyme with the best of ‘em.

32) So Whatcha Sayin: EPMD

31) Craziest: Naughty by Nature

30) Run For Cover: Eric B. & Rakim

29) I Go to Work: Kool Moe Dee
By far and away KMD’s best work on record. Outstanding flow, great training song.

28) Set it Off: Big Daddy Kane

27) Judgment Night: Onyx & Biohazard

26) NY State of Mind: Nas
Nas blew people’s minds on this entire album. I love this song to start a workout.

25) Deep Cover: Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg
Snoops first appearance on a record had jaws dropping.

24) Burn Hollywood, Burn: Ice Cube, Chuck D & Big Daddy Kane
Those three on one record is a tough combo to beat.

23) Nuff Respect: Big Daddy Kane
This is a lesser known BDK cut from the Juice soundtrack, but DAMN can he flow!

22) Shook Ones PT. II: Mobb Deep
One of the rare tracks that can get a workout started and blow up a party.

21) Wordz of Wizdom: 3rd Bass

20) Shamrocks & Shenanigans (Boom Shalock Lock Boom/ Butch Vig Mix): House of Pain
Great rock/rap combo. Everlast’s voice was always one of my favorites. He got significantly better in the La Coka Nostra days but that’s not old school.

19) Last Wordz: 2Pac ft. Ice Cube & Ice T
This is another very hard triple threat combo to beat.

18) Let the Rhythm Hit Em: Eric B. & Rakim

17) Welcome to the Terrordome: Public Enemy
“Refuse to lose.”

16) Headbanger: EMPD ft. K-Solo & Redman
Crank this on a day you’re going heavy and need to get a little angry.

15) Survival of the Fittest: Mobb Deep
The title and chorus say it all. This dark, grimy beat is perfect to warm up to. The calm before the storm.

14) Real Estate: Cypress Hill

13) Endangered Species: Ice Cube & Chuck D

12) Who Shot Ya: Notorious BIG
You can’t have any list in hip hop without Biggie. This was his best track for intense training.

11) Terminator X to the Edge of Panic: Public Enemy
Just seeing the title of that song makes me start shaking. The Bomb Squad sirens and Chuck’s vicious rhymes can make any workout better. Great for a workout with minimal rest periods.

10) No Sleep Til Brooklyn: The Beastie Boys
Rock/hip hop classic.

9) King of Rock: Run DMC
The guys who started rap-rock.

8) Uptown Anthem: Naughty By Nature
Like Shook One’s, a track that has the rare ability to blow up a workout or a party.

7) Wicked: Ice Cube
Cube takes out all in his path on this one. Crank this before a big set of squats.

6) 100 Miles & Runnin: NWA

5) Holler if Ya Hear Me: 2Pac
Pac brings the fury like only he could. This song makes any workout better.

4) Lost at Birth: Public Enemy
A lot of people reading this are probably thinking, WTF? Most don’t even know this intro track exists but once you hear it you’ll thank me. Unfortunately you only get one minute of Chuck rhyming but it’s among the best 60 seconds in rap.

3) Bring That Noize ft. Anthrax: Public Enemy
The greatest rap-rock song ever made.

2) Straight Outta Compton: NWA
The guys who started gangsta rap changed everything on this one back in ’88. To this day I don’t know of too many other songs that get me more jacked up.

1) Rebel Without a Pause: Public Enemy
The all time classic Bomb Squad track that will never be beaten. Nobody kills it on a record like Chuck D did on this. Nobody. Listen to this if you want to get strong.

Now it’s your turn.

What songs did I miss?

What songs shouldn’t have been on there?

What should have been ranked lower or higher?

And most importantly, what are your top 10?

Remember, it’s gotta be 1995 or before.




96 Responses to Top 50 Old School Hip Hop Workout Songs

  1. Josh April 17, 2012 at 10:06 am #

    JEDI MIND TRICKS

    • Jason Ferruggia April 17, 2012 at 10:23 am #

      Come on, man. Read the title of the article.

      • Maciej June 14, 2012 at 7:27 am #

        no KMD?

        man , u serious? :-))))

  2. Chris Brown April 17, 2012 at 10:15 am #

    Awesome selection!!!

    Defo think this has to be in there tho!!

    http://youtu.be/ycu8gi3iFWg

  3. Linda Osborn April 17, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    You amaze me! So glad my fave made number 20! I want to listen to all these and update my Ipod. I grew up on on Rolling Stones, Led Zep, Pink Floyd, Clapton, Yes, but love all music.

  4. JONESY April 17, 2012 at 10:23 am #

    GOOD JOB ON THE LIST, most if not all these songs are on the gym ipod,
    2 off the top of my head u missed that I think are Vigorous
    B.Y.S—Gangstarr
    Just another Victim—-House of Pain and Helmet
    Planet Rock—Afrika Bambatta
    Road to the Riches, On the Run—Kool G Rap and Polo
    Punks Jump up to get Beat Down—-Bran Nubian

    • Jason Ferruggia April 18, 2012 at 7:26 pm #

      Just Another Victim is one of my all time faves. But since Everlast only raps at the end I was unsure of whether that could really count as hip hop. His verse is sick though.

      Punks Jump Up was originally in there but didn’t make the final cut.

      Always love Gangstarr.

      • JONESY April 23, 2012 at 10:59 pm #

        I agree with u on Just Another Victim. You know your shit we defiantly share the love for the good stuff, I have old school DJ sets on my externals I send you a few for the gym lemme know where to email. Stay Vigorous!

  5. Ari April 17, 2012 at 10:49 am #

    Onyx – Slam
    Method Man – Bring the Pain
    EPMD – Headbanger
    RUN DMC – Rock Box – There’s a clip of Roy training to this track when he fought Calzeghe
    NWA – Appetite for Destruction

    And although not hip hop James Brown The Big Payback

  6. Hussman April 17, 2012 at 10:52 am #

    Two tops from the Beasties

    So Whatcha Want – http://youtu.be/ru3gH27Fn6E

    Looking Down the Barrell of a Gun – http://youtu.be/yr1Qe2m8oOA

    Though I should props to the Anthrax version – http://youtu.be/vwIHt8I2HvA

  7. Ari April 17, 2012 at 10:54 am #

    Just remembered
    Dr. Dre & Ice Cube – Natural Born Killaz

    • Jason Ferruggia April 18, 2012 at 7:27 pm #

      Yup. That’s a good one. Not sure what year that was released

  8. Leo April 17, 2012 at 11:01 am #

    No way beastie boys belongs on that list. NWA and Public Enemy can fill top 10 alone.

    • Jason Ferruggia April 18, 2012 at 7:28 pm #

      I can hear that argument about the Beasties. And yes, PE & NWA could fill the entire top 25.

  9. evan April 17, 2012 at 11:13 am #

    Public enemy and anthrax bring the noise

  10. Brian April 17, 2012 at 11:16 am #

    Digital Underground didn’t make the cut? Ahhhh man! Must not like thinking of that Humpty nose while banging out the reps. haha ;)

  11. Gary Deagle April 17, 2012 at 11:25 am #

    Very tight list. I have many of these, but am getting on the ones I don’t have. These need to be pumping through everyones headphones. Puts todays “rappers” to shame.

  12. Rick April 17, 2012 at 12:24 pm #

    Eazy-E @hard Mutha’s
    EPMD= Ya gots to chill
    Two of my favorites when I train!

    • Jason Ferruggia April 19, 2012 at 8:29 am #

      Great songs. EPMD is one of my top five all time favorite groups.

  13. Jeff Cubos April 17, 2012 at 12:29 pm #

    For squat day: Simon Says – Pharoahe

  14. Scott Brady April 17, 2012 at 12:31 pm #

    Just totally awesome Jay. A few I’ve not heard so will get listening.

    Cheers man

  15. JR April 17, 2012 at 12:35 pm #

    Gimmie the loot by Biggie

    Put it on by Big L

  16. BigBlizz April 17, 2012 at 1:05 pm #

    Slam – Onyx
    Chief Rocka – LOTUG
    Down With The King – Run DMC
    Ring The Alarm – Fu-Schnickens
    Feel Me Flow – NBN

    • Jason Ferruggia April 18, 2012 at 7:29 pm #

      Love all those songs but more for partying than training.

  17. Kyle April 17, 2012 at 1:06 pm #

    I don’t see any Gang Starr. Thats a huge miss.

    • Jason Ferruggia April 18, 2012 at 7:30 pm #

      I love Gangstarr but not too many of their tracks get me amped to train. More chilling and partying. Although Mass Appeal and a few others could be included.

  18. Adrian April 17, 2012 at 1:09 pm #

    Killer list! Thanks for the effort. Will be sifting through my old stuff to build me another playlist.

  19. Vleit April 17, 2012 at 1:12 pm #

    I’m glad you put beastie in the top 10.

    I would have also liked the theme to the rock steady crew.

  20. Pat Beith April 17, 2012 at 1:17 pm #

    Wow, solid list. Can’t imagine how long that took. Tough to argue with any of them. Here are some others I may have added

    The Choice is Yours – Black Sheep
    Hand on the Pump – Cypress
    My Minds Playing Tricks on Me – Ghetto Boys
    Take it Personal – Gang starr
    Jump Around – HoP (maybe over played but having Salutations going right into this is money)
    Liquid Swords or Shadowboxin- GZA
    Cell Therapy – Goodie MOB
    Sometimes I Rhyme Slow – Nice & Smooth
    Passin me by – Pharcyde
    Thorw Ya Gunz – Onyx (sticky fingaz is very underrated)
    Shut em Down – PE
    Juice – Eric B & Rakim
    Protect Ya Neck – Wu
    The Message – Nas

    Also, 1996-1999 was still a great time in rap

    • Jason Ferruggia April 19, 2012 at 8:31 am #

      All awesome songs, buddy. Thanks for kickin in here. Juice is Know the Ledge. So I got that in there.

      Agreed on Sticky. Shut Em Down is a sick song.

  21. Ory April 17, 2012 at 1:34 pm #

    Leo, Beastie Boys belong in every list that has to do with great hip-hop songs! Great selection, but my main man Ice-T is MIA…O.G. by Ice-T and Eazy duz it, No more ?’s and The boyz in tha hood by Eazy E. Fuck the world by 2Pac, It’s a heat up by King Sun, The
    Flavor of the month and The choice is your by Black Sheep, Bring the Pain by Method Man, Kizz my black azz bg MC Ren.

    • Jason Ferruggia April 19, 2012 at 8:33 am #

      Ice T is in the collabo with Cube and Pac.

      Kizz My Black Azz by Ren is great. His voice was one of the greatest ever.

  22. Sven April 17, 2012 at 2:41 pm #

    Great list,
    all the pieces are legit. Could’ve contained some more Beasties, Wu Tang and some Gangstarr. “Bring The Noize” still gets me going at the end of a hard kettlebell session.

    As I reside in Europe here are some oldtimers:

    1)UDS – Demagogue
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=oSBNURD7uKQ
    2)UDS – Fast Lane
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=yBtbAdi__k0
    3) Das Bo – Türlich, Türlich (beside a good rythm, chek out those wicked glutes!)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=6LHe9m9VtXI

    Keep it up

  23. Danny April 17, 2012 at 3:11 pm #

    My number is your number 6:

    100 Miles & Runnin: NWA

  24. Dan April 17, 2012 at 4:43 pm #

    MOP – Worlds Famous

    Cocoa Brovaz Ft. MOP – Bucktown USA

    Capone N Noreaga – Bloody Money

    MOP – New Jack City

    MOP – 4 Alarm Blaze

    Screwball – Take It There

    Capone N Noreaga – All We Got Is Us

    Nas – Surviving The Times

  25. Jack April 17, 2012 at 5:55 pm #

    California Love-2 Pac

  26. Jack April 17, 2012 at 6:04 pm #

    Bone Thugs- E. 1999 Eternal

  27. Bri Black Dynamite Wilson April 17, 2012 at 7:24 pm #

    I am not mad at this list at all!!! I admit that some of this stuff I had to look up. Im a little….ummm…younger than you…ahem. Anyway, 44 thru 49 would have been at the top of my list. All the Public Enemy, Mobb Deep, and LL joints would make my list.
    From before ’95 I would add these and drop some of the lesser known b-sides:
    Gang Starr – Mass Appeal
    Broken Language – Smooth tha Hustla and Trigga da Gambler
    Brooklyn Zoo – ODB
    Come Clean – Jeru the Damaja

    Great list, J. Renegade, “The Greatest Gym Ever!!!”

    -Brian

    • Jason Ferruggia April 19, 2012 at 8:35 am #

      Haha! Great to see you contributing Bri! And definitely some great songs you listed there.

      Come Clean by Jeru is very underrated and somewhat unknown but an amazing song.

  28. Carl April 18, 2012 at 2:13 am #

    Public Enemy – How to Kill a Radio Consultant, By the Time I get to Arizona, Shut Em Down and Are you Gonna Go My Way are constants on my gym IPod list. They never fail to get me pumped up and ready to scale a hill, hit the clean & presses, chins etc etc.

    If all gyms played PE on a loop there’d be a lot more people focused on their workouts and the exercises that matter rather than wasting time chatting on the eliptical trainer machines!

    • Jason Ferruggia April 19, 2012 at 8:36 am #

      Carl- Great picks. I say we rally together and pass a bill forcing all gyms to play PE.

  29. O'Sheill April 18, 2012 at 3:14 am #

    Warm up track – Souls of Mischief – 93 Till infinity

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wP56Tf5fpjM&feature=related

    Track for heavy barbell work – Tim Dog & Krs – I get wrecked –

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RM00B6-mSmY

  30. Andy Campbell April 18, 2012 at 7:07 am #

    I needed some time to digest this list and put some thought into a response. First off this is awesome. And impossible. We could debate for days what should go in a Top 50. Truth is 50 Old School Hip Hop songs for workouts are not enough. That was the Golden Era man! Like it was said before – PE & NWA could fill this list. I give you credit for even trying this and I love the list. Here are a few of my favorites I’d include for consideration:

    “Don’t Believe The Hype” – Public Enemy. My favorite PE song of all time.

    “Back From the Dead” – House of Pain

    “Just Another Victim” – Helmet & House of Pain

    “Warning” & “Who Shot Ya” – Notorious B.I.G.

    “Shame On A Nuh” – Wu Tang Clan

    “Body Count” – Body Count

    “Tap The Bottle” – Young Black Teenagers

    “Flava In Ya Ear (Remix)” – Craig Mack

    “The Choice Is Yours (Revisited)” – Black Sheep

    • Jason Ferruggia April 19, 2012 at 8:37 am #

      Oh man, AC! We could do this all day!

      Great picks you got there. Tap the Bottle!!! Forgot about that for a minute!

  31. Michael- Somebody Lied April 18, 2012 at 2:29 pm #

    Will give these songs a listen tomorrow on my sound system if I am recovered enough to train.

    I have grown up on the newer stuff, where I prefer the beats but back then hip hop was actually saying something not just bragging about the life they live.

  32. Jason P. April 18, 2012 at 3:20 pm #

    Great list. I am always looking for new music and I can always count on you for some great hits.

  33. Gabri April 18, 2012 at 4:38 pm #

    On my way to the gym today, i was thinking about the article you wrote with your favorite rock songs. Then i thought, what about Rap? I’m sure Jason also likes Rap, he should write an article about it…

    And now this! What an amazing coincidence, i’ll check of of the songs in your list. Thank you for sharing this, because the favorite songs of each one is something very special!

  34. Eric April 18, 2012 at 5:30 pm #

    Beastie Boys – Paul Revere
    Rob Bass – It takes two
    Method Man – Bring the Pain
    Boogie Down Productions – I’m still # 1
    Dr. Dre – Stranded on Death Row
    Black Sheep – The Choice is Yours
    Bone – Thuggish Ruggish Bone

  35. Peter April 20, 2012 at 12:24 am #

    No one mentioned Ultra Magnetic?! Aargh ;). “I keep in shape, and do my physical fitness” – Poppa Large, Big shot in the Eastcoast. Cool article and excellent playlist btw!

  36. Saadiq April 20, 2012 at 7:05 pm #

    I love this list. But BDK Raw should’ve been placed waaaaaaay higher than it was. Just saying…….

  37. George April 23, 2012 at 11:13 pm #

    Release Yo Delf – Method Man

    Pump Pump – Snoop Dogg

    Strugglin’ – 2Pac

    Ghetto Bird – Ice Cube

    All I can think of off top of my head. Might need to bust out hard drive & look up more. Lol. But ur list is def sick!

  38. Chad Waterbury April 27, 2012 at 7:42 pm #

    Great list Jay – a few for me to check out. I’d throw “NY State of Mind” and “Halftime” by Nas on that list.

  39. Chad Waterbury April 27, 2012 at 7:43 pm #

    I meant “Halftime” since the other made the list.

  40. austin April 28, 2012 at 1:10 pm #

    when can we expect the new school list???!!!

  41. Kevin April 29, 2012 at 4:27 am #

    Great lists going here! Thanks for some of the new additions to my iPod!

    Here are a few I didn’t see but have on my gym playlist:

    “It’s Funky Enough” – The D.O.C. (He was a Dr. Dre protege before Snoop and Eninem but unfortunately lost his voice in a bad accident. Great MC and this song is great).

    “The Jam” – Shabba Ranks featuring KRS-1 (Dancehall reggae with KRS-1 rapping over with Shabba).

    I personally would take a number of songs on Eric B & Rakim’s Paid in Full album along with Public Enemy’s “It takes a nation of millions”.

  42. simon May 3, 2012 at 9:29 am #

    Awesome list, don’t listen to a lot of Hip Hop these days, kind of went off it after the 90’s but this list has got some of my favourite tracks of all time on it, made we wanna hit the weights and play some old school…

  43. Mike May 10, 2012 at 4:13 am #

    Awesome list. How about “Outta Here” by KRS-One?

  44. DJ Mike - Eclipse Entertainment May 13, 2012 at 3:03 pm #

    I have a 4 way tie for # 1 on my list.
    Rebel Without A Pause – Public Enemy
    Bring the Noise – Public Enemy
    I Got It Made – Special Ed
    I Know You Got Soul – Eric B. & Rakim

    You can listen to all four in a row. Play them again and it’ll feel like you are hearing it for the first time. They are timeless and never get old.

    Great to work with you on your wedding Jason. It was a great te for me as well because I rarely (if ever) get to play as much Old School as I did that day!

  45. Benjamin May 14, 2012 at 7:48 am #

    Excellent list i am proud to say that i have 46 of your 50 on my IPOD

    Here are 5 because 10 is just way to hard

    PE- Don’t Believe the Hype (favorite PE track)
    Biggie- Gimme The Loot
    Nas- NY State of Mind (Favorite off of Illmatic)
    Black Sheep- The Choice is Yours
    Kool G Rap- Road to Riches (One of the most underrated artists ever)

  46. Alex May 16, 2012 at 9:18 am #

    Great list. Definitely agree with Black Sheep “Choice is Yours.” I’ve never not been amped by that song.

    One I would add: “Kick In the Door” — Biggie. Always overlooked because of the dumb ‘mad rapper’ skit on the beginning of the track. So great, though.

  47. Dav May 26, 2012 at 11:18 pm #

    Your blog is the best and I am telling everyone to check you out.

    Sucker MC’s, Run DMC
    AJ Scratch, Curtis Blow
    If I Ruled the World, Kurtis Blow
    Rappers Delight, Sugar Hill Gang
    Streets of New York – Cool G Rap
    Super Rhymes, Jimmy Spicer
    Wild Wild West, Kool Moe D
    The Message, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five
    White Lines, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five

  48. Chris Seeley July 9, 2012 at 10:06 pm #

    Black Steel in the hour of Chaos Public Enemey

    Fight the Power Public Enemy

    Chief Rocka- Lords of the Underground

  49. Kiz July 21, 2012 at 9:56 am #

    Needs more pac…….

  50. Sami August 2, 2012 at 6:18 pm #

    Geto Boys – Bring It On
    G Som – Who’s Got My Back
    5th Ward Boyz – Blood, Sweat & Glory
    K Rino (the best rapper of ALL TIME!!! If you deny slap yourself lol… K The Wizard! K seriously is the greatest lyricist, check it out, all cds!) – War In South Park (some grim shit)
    There might be something else but no time to think :)

  51. pbo August 29, 2012 at 9:07 am #

    You gotta have Dre Day!

  52. ddn August 29, 2012 at 11:36 am #

    Had to make this into a spotify playlist. Just missing a few songs they didn’t have in their catalog: http://open.spotify.com/user/ddn3d/playlist/6w7khyhieoaGUocpBS9QuK

    I also made an identical one that is open for editing, if anyone wants to contribute some of the other awesome suggestions that were made:

    http://open.spotify.com/user/ddn3d/playlist/5pSWjShun8m9APCaIAtzkJ

  53. Old School Music September 13, 2012 at 5:00 pm #

    I been looking for a good playlist to workout to. Thanks for this article, I will be adding some of these songs to my list.

  54. Gee September 15, 2012 at 11:49 am #

    I like all the songs on the list and i have many on my ipod but here are a couple more i thought of…

    Wu tang clan aint nuttin to f–k with – wu tang
    Brooklyn Zoo – ODB
    Ante up – M.O.P.
    Throw ya guns in the air – onyx
    Real Ni**az – NWA

  55. Mike September 24, 2012 at 9:41 am #

    Breakdown – Fu Schnickens
    Chief Rocka – LOTU
    But U Don’t Hear Me Tho – Rodney O & Joe Cooley.
    What’s Golden – Jurassic 5
    Boogie Down – Poetry

    my top 5. love these tracks

  56. HL November 29, 2012 at 8:54 am #

    Sick! I never knew where to start with old school hip hop and I knew I was missing some great tunes

  57. JONESY November 29, 2012 at 10:04 am #

    Good job on the list, you dropped alot of my favorites that others would have no idea YESSSSSSSSSS

  58. Geno November 29, 2012 at 10:33 pm #

    Here are some more. Maybe we can build that Spotify playlist into the hundreds with QUALITY tracks!

    Gang Starr – Now You’re Mine

    Souls of Mischief – Batting Practice

    Heltah Skeltah – Clan’s, Posse’s, Crew’s & Clik’s. Released in 1996, but probably recorded in 1995 :) Basically ‘me & my team are better than you & your team, so suck it’ over a dark beat. Your testosterone levels will go up instantly!

    Jeru the Damaja – Come Clean

    The Notorious B.I.G. – Gimme The Loot

    Kam – Watts Riot (feat. Ice Cube)

    MC Lyte – Ruffneck. If female tracks are allowed, this should be a top contender.

    Brand Nubian – Lick Dem *********** (from Menace II Society soundtrack)

    Showbiz & A.G. – Represent. First time Big L was on record? Anyway, he stole the show, as usual.

    Onyx – Atak Of Da Bal-Hedz

    Da Lench Mob – Freedom Got an A.K.

    EPMD – I’m Mad

    Kool G Rap & DJ Polo – Nuff Said. One long, non-stop G Rap verse.

    Paris – half of his “Sleeping With The Enemy” album! As violent as some of my other recommendations are, Paris is violent AND political, which somehow comes across MUCH stronger than gangster rap. But a very good way to kick off an intense lifting session would be to start with the first two short tracks, back to back. “Make Way For A Panther” & “Sleeping With The Enemy” are intense (and not too offensive). He could be reciting the alphabet to these beats and you’d still get goose bumps!

  59. Geno December 4, 2012 at 11:41 pm #

    My first round of suggestions were mostly tracks that could *compete* for a spot in the top 50. But I just rediscovered a track that could hold its own in a battle for the top spot.
    “Let Me At Them” – Wu-Tang Clan. This is actually an Inspectah Deck solo track from the Tales from the Hood soundtrack. In my opinion, this was the finest moment in Deck’s career. The beat hits hard, and Deck rips it like his life depended on it!

  60. Questcoast January 18, 2013 at 12:22 pm #

    Shut ‘em Down by Public Enemy! The Pete Rock Remix is even better! Good list though!

  61. Questcoast January 18, 2013 at 12:24 pm #

    Also, Punks Jump Up To Get Beatdown by Brand Nubian and might as well mention Pass the Gat by them also.

  62. andre February 24, 2013 at 11:22 am #

    no ruff ryders anthem? Oh cmonn

  63. Natasha March 18, 2013 at 6:37 pm #

    This was excellent! Thanks

  64. Vijay April 13, 2013 at 7:03 am #

    pharoahe monch & M.O.P – No Mercy
    Freddie Foxx & M.O.P. – The Mastas
    Adam F feat Redman – Smash Sumthin
    Gangstarr – the Militia
    Notorious & Eminem – Dead Wrong
    Wu-tang – Triumph
    Psycho Realm – Showdown
    2pac- No more pain
    2pac feat 50 Cent- Realist Killaz
    2pac- Starring through my rare view
    Gza – 4th Chamber
    Gza – Hip Hop Fury
    Shabazz the Disciple – Hip Hop
    Shabazz the Disciple – Cremate ‘Em
    Dead Prez – Hip Hop
    Method Man – Bring da pain
    Method man – Suspect chin music
    Raekwon – New Wu (its new but its wu so what you going to do)
    Ghostface Killah – Run
    Ghostface Killah – Assasination Day
    Ghostface Killah – Daytona 500
    Ghostface Killah – Winter Warz
    Notorious & Method Man – The What
    Big Daddy Kane – Set It Off
    Jedi Mind Tricks – Heavy Metal Kings
    Non Phixion – The CIA is trying to Kill Me

    Could keep going

    • Vijay April 13, 2013 at 7:04 am #

      I realise its not old school by your definition but most of its over 10 years old

  65. Stan May 26, 2013 at 8:10 pm #

    I have been lifting to Original Concept’s “Straight From The Basement of Kooley High!” all week. “Pump that Bass” gets the blood flowin’.

  66. Romey June 2, 2013 at 9:47 am #

    In no Order , some of my play list .

    freak me like you want me

    Sucker D.J , Dimples D

    357 ll cool j

    Rhythm Trax House Party
    DJ Jazzy Jeff and the fresh prince

    Get down ll cool j
    Go cut creator go ll cool j

    Show me Love Kilo Ali

    It ant my fault master p

    K J and Da fellas Get Retarted

    Fresh is the word Mantronix

    Mc ADE Hou much can you take

    UTFO leader of the pack

    Rodney O Joe cooley Cooley High

    Schoolly D Gucci Time

    Schoolly D PSK what does it mean

    Slick Rich Mona Lisa

    Magic Mike Vicious Bass
    Magic Mike Drop

    YoungBloodz shakem ‘ off

  67. Mo September 7, 2013 at 7:38 pm #

    check the rhime—a tribe called quest

  68. Roman October 20, 2014 at 12:29 am #

    I thought that people like You, Jay, listen to “Iron Maiden” for warm-up and something like “Anthrax” for the last set :)

  69. Britny October 20, 2014 at 8:05 am #

    you should make this a playlist on spotify!

  70. Joshua October 20, 2014 at 10:16 am #

    Definitely all contenders:

    Divine Force – Holy war – http://youtu.be/_PhX9s3AS0g

    Rammellzee Vs. K-Rob ‘Beat Bop’ – http://youtu.be/NZcY4zUpqdo

    K-Solo – Spellbound – http://youtu.be/OmpC95H3t1s

    Public Enemy – Public Enemy No. 1 – http://youtu.be/VN4zb4LBNqk – all those PE but not this one? ; )

    Kings of Pressure – You know How to Reach Us – http://youtu.be/m7Yp5A84ka4

    Big Daddy Kane – Get Into it – http://youtu.be/qKbiwQxNLJg

    Kool G Rap – Poison (Hip Hop Version) – http://youtu.be/M4RgEXhcUU0

    Craig G – Take The Bait – http://youtu.be/UEEAsygtnnU

    Ultra Magnetic – Ego Trippin – http://youtu.be/bAlsaFKtHuU

    Intelligent Hoodlum (Tragedy Khadafi) – Arrest The President – http://youtu.be/XhhvnyFhqm4

    Main Source – Just A Friendly Game Of Baseball – http://youtu.be/QEim-W4ABc0

    Super Lover Cee & Casanova Rud – “Do The James” – http://youtu.be/rMgg-WujlP0 – Production on the dope instrumental is crazy for the time too – http://youtu.be/hGywCQ-FbE8?list=RDhGywCQ-FbE8

    MC Lyte – Paper Thin – http://youtu.be/WH5CmB44TaY

    Eric B & Rakim – Microphone Fiend – http://youtu.be/9zpjOP-_1cg

    Tuff Crew – My Part of Town – http://youtu.be/EUiKSkCyRIs

    Marley Marl – he cuts so fresh – http://youtu.be/jMkDy7xLUxA

    Marley Marl feat. MC Shan – Marley Marl Scratch – http://youtu.be/vwYNZRecEl4

    Chill Rob G – Court Is Now In Session – http://youtu.be/M_77k2JIzBc

    Biz Markie – Nobody Beats The Biz – http://youtu.be/sdl5aiYr-RU

    Biz Markie – Make the Music – http://youtu.be/ExDae9Hmfr4

    MC Shan – The Bridge – http://youtu.be/WcFVXUKG9ZU

    Davy DMX – One For The Treble – http://youtu.be/xl6jKMr05z8

    J.V.C. Force – Strong Island – http://youtu.be/05pcczvmrjc

    and on and on….

    Not sure if tracks like these ever made it over your way back then:

    Money Mad (original version) – London Posse – http://youtu.be/ax5OIlTdwKw

    Demon Boyz – Vibes – http://youtu.be/ySrH3W6Z2cg

    Hijack – Doomsday Of Rap – http://youtu.be/vARRtyk9-ro – at the time DJ Supreme’s scratching was way ahead of the curve.

    Caveman – Fry You Like Fish – http://youtu.be/cKLH5S3FBjA

    Asher D & Daddy Freddy – Raggamuffin HipHop – http://youtu.be/Ly1nx2LDoSg

    Just a taster of some of the UK stuff from those days… so many, many more though… both US & UK…. good times.

    Keep it up!

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