19 Rappers’ Favorite Songs From A Member Of Their Generation

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  • isaiah-bob-action-bronson
    Over the past few months, we've spoken to dozens of rappers about their own projects, what they've got going on, their stories and their backgrounds. But rarely does anyone ask rappers about their peers in the game. With that said, <em>XXL</em> spoke to 19 different rappers to find out their favorite song from a member of their own generation—1980s to 1980s, 1990s to 1990s and current up-and-comers about other young guns in the game. Check out what they had to say. —<a title="xxl" href="https://twitter.com/xxl" target="_blank"><em>XXL Staff</em></a>
  • ab-soul
    <h2>Ab-Soul</h2>Chance The Rapper, “Acid Rain.” That’s probably the one.<br /><br /><iframe width="670" height="380" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/U1AOoHSijIk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  • Action Bronson
    <h2>Action Bronson</h2>“Numbers On The Boards” [by Pusha T]. Son, that beat was so retarded. That’s one of my favorite joints in the past couple of years that I heard. That song is hard.<br /><br /><iframe width="670" height="380" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/DawrlSwHUiM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  • big krit
    <h2>Big K.R.I.T.</h2>“Liberation” by OutKast. Man, even Big Boi was harmonizing on that thang. You have so many amazing artists, man—Andre, Big Boi, Cee Lo, Erykah Badu and Big Rude on the poem. It’s one of those records that reminds you that it’s going to be okay. And it just always affected me the same. No matter from the first time I heard it to even when I hear it now, it always has the same effect on me. It’s a very powerful song and timeless music at that.<br /><br /><iframe width="670" height="380" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/twOK5sXccmY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  • blu
    <h2>Blu</h2>My favorite song from someone of my age group is Jay Electronica’s “Voodoo Man.”<br /><br /><iframe width="670" height="380" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/tC5_8kXW240" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  • BOB Atlantic Records
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    <h2>B.o.B</h2>Kid Cudi got this song called “Just What I Am” that’s dope. Just the emotion in it, you can really connect with it. Especially someone coming up in the same generation, I can relate to the feeling behind it.<br /><br /><iframe width="670" height="380" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/hGbP_kTM4CA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  • dizzy wright
    <h2>Dizzy Wright</h2>That’s a good ass question, damn. I would probably go with Hopsin’s “Ill Mind Of Hopsin 5.” I felt like he killed it. He touched on everything he was passionate about, and he did a million [views] in one day. To me that’s a fucking classic.<br /><br /><iframe width="670" height="380" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/hRVOOwFNp5U" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  • fat trel
    <h2>Fat Trel</h2>It would have to be Chief Keef, “Finally Rich.” Just the whole vibe on the song. I don’t know whatever way to stress the life unless you walk through the Southside streets of Chicago, unless you walk through the Northeast streets of Washington, D.C., where we come from. To go from them streets to walk through buildings like this and to see a check with $300,000 with your name on it. You go from sharing cereal and water with your brother to buying your brother a Beamer, you feel me?<br /><br />When I heard “Finally Rich,” I wasn’t signed then. I had just moved to Hollywood. I was living in California. When the album dropped, I bought like 10 <em>Finally Rich</em> albums. We listened to the album, but when “Finally Rich” came, I was like, I need that feeling. I knew I was gonna get it when I finally got signed, but he created that feeling for me. I felt like when Sosa got signed, a lot of niggas in the hood felt like they made it too. So when I heard “Finally Rich,” I was like, “Damn, my nigga got that feeling, boy.” You can ride foreign cars. You can buy your momma a house and you live separate. So “Finally Rich” has to be my favorite song of our generation.<br /><br /><iframe width="670" height="380" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/sfHW9n6_TJg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  • gorilla zoe
    <h2>Gorilla Zoe</h2>For me the music all graduates, and it keeps turning and spinning. I definitely keep up with the label QT, "Quality Control." I like Migos' "Versace" and Rich Kid. And Young Thug, he's got a real unique voice, which comes off great, and Rich Homie Quan, he delivers so much passion through his voice.<br /><br /><iframe width="670" height="380" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/rF-hq_CHNH0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  • hopsin
    <h2>Hopsin</h2>I have to say J. Cole's “Power Trip” record. I like that song a lot. I listen to it all the time.<br /><br /><iframe width="670" height="380" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/7AjD7nKiUQ4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  • Ice Cube
    <h2>Ice Cube</h2>Ice-T's "6 In The Mornin'."<br /><br /><iframe width="670" height="380" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/izuMg1GGnMc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  • isaiah rashad
    <h2>Isaiah Rashad</h2>There's this song "Chalice" written by this kid Zay Taylor, but it's a track that will probably never come out. PeeWee Longway, "Serving Lean." It's the way he comes in. The way he rises to the beat, his flow drops in with the snare. I like the way the snare hits; I like the stop and start type of flows—they're my favorite ones when they can be done precise. So that PeeWee song is probably my favorite from my generation.<br /><br /><iframe width="670" height="380" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/pUHEVC5lrp4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  • lil herb
    <h2>Lil Herb</h2>My favorite artists right now are Meek Mill and Drake, but my favorite song right now from my generation is Lil Bibby's "Water."<br /><br /><iframe width="670" height="380" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/waA7OzwGrYY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  • mc lyte
    <h2>MC Lyte</h2>That’s too hard of a question. It’s “Welcome to the Terrordome,” or is it “Shut Em Down”? It could actually be any Public Enemy song. “Eric B. Is President,” monumental song in my life. It’s just too many to name.<br /><br /><iframe width="670" height="380" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/6v0Q7moYmnI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  • que
    <h2>Que</h2>Probably Future's "Shit." I just like the song. I love the song. The first time I heard it, I knew it was out of here.<br /><br /><iframe width="670" height="380" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/D6rd85QF-Sw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  • riff raff
    <h2>Riff Raff</h2>2 Chainz. “Fork.”<br /><br /><iframe width="670" height="380" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/jVhMt26F7gA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  • Scarface
    <h2>Scarface</h2>Hmm I don’t know, I got a few of them. Probably my No. 1 will be from A Tribe Called Quest's <em>Midnight Marauders</em>, "Electric Relaxation." And you know what, too, man? When we was talking about how I grew up on great shit? OutKast, man, OutKast. Let's not leave OutKast out of that equation. I was listening to [a lot of] OutKast.<br /><br /><iframe width="670" height="380" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/WHRnvjCkTsw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  • tragedy khadafi
    <h2>Tragedy Khadafi</h2>I would have to say from my generation... Rakim, “Microphone Fiend.” To me, he was talking about me. I was like, “Oh, shit!” And just the whole energy on that song to this way when I listen to that song, I’d just get real ill with it.<br /><br /><iframe width="670" height="380" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/uPfIIn5V_LQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  • Trinidad James
    <h2>Trinidad Jame$</h2>ScHoolboy Q has a song with Kendrick Lamar off of <em>Habits And Contradictions</em> called “Blessed.” That song is the truth.<br /><br /><iframe width="670" height="380" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/l9bsJ7oGokg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  • Yung Joc
    <h2>Yung Joc</h2>Probably T.I. with Justin Timberlake. "Dead And Gone." I mean, I understood the message in it. At the time, he lost Big Phil, and I was on Tip's tour with him when Big Phil was killed. I saw how that shit was played out. For him to come back to be able to stand up and express the humility, the pain, the loyalty, the success, all in that time, it was big for him. It was big for me 'cause it taught me, "You know what? We all grown men." When you have the platform to show the world that you know, let everybody know.<br /><br /><iframe width="670" height="380" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/6mEx9FtuN0k" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

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