Keep Listening: 20 of Hip-Hop’s Best Hidden Tracks

The way we consume music is constantly changing. We’ve gone from vinyl to digital, from buying to downloading. With that, plenty has changed, from the way that artists release music to the way that we discover those artists. We’ve also, in a sense, lost the mystery of the hidden track. Gone are the days when the back cover of a CD gives a track list and not until we sit through those 18 cited tracks and get to No. 19 do we realize that there’s an extra treat at the end. Now, when we pop a CD that we bought into iTunes or download it directly from the source, we see exactly how many tracks there are, and exactly how long each one is.

That’s alright, though. It comes with the evolution. And even though they’re no longer always the surprise that they used to be, artists still include hidden tracks on their projects from time to time. There have been many great ones over the years, so XXL decided to look back at some of our favorite hidden tracks.

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    If people would actually play albums all the way through instead of ripping four songs from the album to their ipod, they’d already know and enjoy most of these tracks.

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  • hiphophead

    “best hidden tracks” is another way of saying “xxl staff’s favourite non-mainstream tracks” fuck that

    • Gunny

      Actually some of the tracks are really “hidden tracks” like act fore which is not on the regular track listing

  • Jhon da Analyst

    Damn XXL…..what about the Onyx track “Overshine” which came on about a minute after “The Worst” ft. WuTang??? Damn….

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  • E.J.

    That Lauryn Hill track was a hit but only after it was remixed. There was a better bonus track (“Tell Him” or whatever the title was) that should have been released.