FT5: Songs That Make You Rap
You can always count on this lady to bring hip-hop and dance to the ATH table. This round of picks was inspired by a comment @DaveRupert made on one of my past articles, Songs That Make You Dance. He said a good follow up would be about the songs that make you rap, and here we are. These are a few of the rap songs we all love and know most of the words to. You may not know all of the lyrics, but when that chorus line approaches, dayum you’ve got it down. No matter your race, ethnicity, age or level of hip-hop knowledge, you know these songs (or at least that hook line).
You’re hands raise up and motion the figure of a voluptuous woman’s figure as you proclaim “You’se a fine m***f*** won’t you back that ass up”, whilst sticking your rump outward against someone else’s. That was nearly poetic. This former Hot Boys member pretty much defines southern “bounce” and definitely has the power to draw a crowd full of people ready to bump and grind.
After introducing “my man Steve Roll’n” you point to “the party over here, the party over there” and you’re hooked. This track is Tag Team’s major hit during the 90’s; well heck it was their only hit. It lands on every basketball event playlist, and is one of the greatest songs of all time according to Billboard. Did you know Obama was in the video?
Here’s one of the tracks that makes you smile and nod along until “If you want it, baby you’ve got it” comes around. You’re out on the dance floor at a wedding where several older dudes have swaggered over to the dance circle and have now proceeded to take their suit coats off, reveal their sweaty rolled up dress shirts and loosened ties, and they are ready to bust a serious move. You’ve been there seen that? I see some hands.
The simple yet catchy chorus line of “Heyyy, hooo, heyyy, hooo” triggers every arm to raise up and wave back and forth. It’s inevitable. Spike Lee directed the frickin’ video where you can see Easy E and Run-DMC waving along. It’s just a solid hip hop song all around.
You hear the intro and you know what’s about to go down. It starts strong with a little “pack it up, pack it in, let me begin” and never drops the pace; introducing the chorus “jump around” early in the game. If you “came to get down”, this is the perfect track to get anyone and everyone to literally jump around.