Essential Oldschool HipHop artists and songs

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I always wanted to create a list like this, especially since my oldschool collection is not properly sorted. The hardest part is dividing different hiphop periods. After googling for 20 minutes I've realized that there are many different eras, like "Golden Era", "Diamond Era", "Silver Era". But depending on what website you are reading about these, the years vary every time... So where do we draw the invisible lines? I'm gonna go with easy and go for 1990-1990. Of course this is far from perfect because there are 1999 tracks that sound a lot "newer" (for example DMX - Party Up), but the same year includes classics like "Nas – N.Y. State of Mind", which is definitely oldschool.
After giving this a bit more thought I've decided you can't really put a time period on olschool hiphop. We can however list all the artists and tracks that definitely feel oldschool.



Essential Oldschool HipHop artists and songs

2Pac (aka Makaveli)
- Dear Mama
- Hail Mary
- Changes
- California Love
- ...
A Tribe Called Quest
- Can I Kick It?
- Award Tour
Above The Law
- Murder Rap (heard it in GTA San Andreas' radio station Radio Los Santos first)
Big Daddy Kane
- Ain't No Half-Steppin
- Warm It Up, Kane ( (heard it in GTA San Andreas' radio station Playback FM first))
Big L
- Put It On
- Ebonics
Big Punisher
- You Ain't A KIller
- Twinz [Deep Cover 98] (heard it in GTA Liberty City Stories' radio first)
- Beware (heard it in GTA Liberty City Stories' radio first)
Biz Markie
- Vapors (only in here because I liked his track in GTA San Andreas on Radio Los Santos)
Black Moon
- Buck Em Down
- Who Got Da Props)
Black Star
- Respiration ft Common
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
- Tha Crossroads
- 1st of Tha Month
Brand Nubian
- All For One (know this one from GTA IV's radio station The Classics 104.1 hosted by DJ Premier)
- Brand Nubian - Brand Nubian (know this one from GTA San Andreas's radio station Radio Los Santos)
- Slow Down
Common
- I Used to Love H.E.R.
- The 6th Sense
Cypress Hill (latino hiphop)
- Insane In The Brain
- Hits from the Bong
- I Ain't Goin' Out Like That
- Hand On the Pump
De La Soul (happy hiphop)
- Me, Myself And I
- The Magic Number
Deltron 3030
- Mastermind
- Virus
Digital Underground
- The Humpty Dance (I don't know why I included this.. DO THE HUMPTY HUMP)
DJ Shados (all beats, no vocals)
- Building Steam With a Grain of Salt
- Organ Donor (spooky vibes)
DMX (we mostly know him from "X Gon' Give It To Ya" and "Party Up", but he does have some classics
- Damien
- Ruff Ryders Anthem
Dr.Dre (this man needs no introduction)
- Still Dre
- The Next Episode
- Forgot About Dre
- What's The Difference
- Forgot About Dre
- ...

E-Z coming soon...
 
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