The 25 Best Rap Crew Songs [Feature]
They don't make 'em like they used to. Back in the day when rap crews were in abundance, rap fans were assured of hearing a host of solid cuts from hip-hop collectives like, The Juice Crew, Dungeon Family, and No Limit, just to name a few. Even when a song appeared on one members solo album (Tupac's "Hit 'Em Up") you could count on the rest of the set showing up in full force to support. These days with only a few crews really reppin' it's a good time to run through some of the best cuts, 25 to be exact, from rap crews past and present. Despite the current state of things there's still strengthen in numbers.
Song: “Lean Back”
Crew: Terror Squad
Performers: Fat Joe, Remy Ma
Team Terror Squad put the Bronx back on the map with the Scott Storch produced club banger that would go on to become their biggest hit.
Song: “Ruff Ryder Anthem (Remix)”
Crew: Ruff Ryders
Performers: DMX , The Lox, Eve, Drag-On
The Double-R owned the streets in ‘98 and on tracks like this they simply annihilated the competition.
Song: “Protect Ya Neck”
Crew: Wu Tang Clan
Performers: RZA, GZA, Method Man, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, U-God, Inspectah Deck
Shaolin Island’s finest welcomed masses into their realm filled with karate chops, lyrical prowess, and a host of characters. “Suuuuuuuuu!!!”
Song: “Get Money”
Crew: Junior M.A.F.I.A.
Performers: Notorious B.I.G., Lil Kim
The M.A.F.I.A. were Brooklyn’s finest crew when they crafted this ‘90s classic.
Song: “Oochie Wally”
Performers: Nas, Jungle, Wiz, Horse
“Yo we got chicks in the living room getting it on and they aint leaving till…” you know the rest. Nas, Bravehearts, an epic club banger.
Song: “The Symphony”
Crew: Juice Crew
Performers: Craig G., Master Ace, Kool G. Rap, Big Daddy Kane
One of the most iconic crews to touch the mic, the Juice Crew, drops knowledge on this hip-hop classic. “Put a quarter in your ass, cuz ya played yourself…”
Song: “Fight Music “
Performers: Eminem, Kuniva, Bizarre, Proof, Swift, Kon Artis
Though the Dirty Dozen had bigger hits ("Band," Purple Pills") this ruckus banger was the epitome of their rebel-rousing, no holds barred rap style.
Song: “Affirmative Action”
Crew: The Firm
Performers: Nas, Cormega, Foxy Brown, AZ
Their fluid chemistry as a crew was evident as AZ, Cormega, and Fox Boogie joined Nas on track 8 off his highly anticipated sophomore LP, It Was Written.
Song: “Mighty D Block”
Crew: D- Block
Performers: Styles P, Jadakiss, Sheek Louch, J-Hood
What happens when you get Yonkers’ most notorious team of spitters all on one track dishing out a plethora of aggressive content…two words, “D BLOCK!!!”
Song: “Good Friday”
Crew: G.O.O.D Music
Performers: Kanye West, Common, Pusha T, Kid Cudi, Big Sean
“Party people in the place to be, you are now in the midst of…” a dope cut from the good fellows at G.O.O.D. Music, get it?
Song: “Hit Em Up”
Performers: Tupac, Hussein Fatal, Kadafi, E.D.I Mean
In the midst of a brewing East Coast Vs West Coast war, ‘Pac along with his Outlaw soldiers, drop one of hip-hop’s most jaw-dropping yet iconic diss records to date.
Song: “Move On”
Performers: Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz, Crooked I, Royce 5’9
The Slaughterhouse boys lay down one of their most personal tracks as a collective. Lyrically dispelling rumors and hate from critics.
Crew: Native Tongues
Performers: De La Soul, Jungle Brothers, Q-Tip, Monie Love, Queen Latifah
This dope cut from the super collective rung bells in ’89 featuring a cast of legendary emcees.
Song: “Poppin Them Thangs”
Performers: 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks, Young Buck
Fresh off Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ success, Fif, Banks, and Buck drop grimey street braggadocio over Dr. Dre’s gritty track.
Song: “Make’em Say Ugh”
Crew: No Limit
Performers: Master P, Fiend, Silkk Da Shocker, Mia X, Mystikal
The No Limit boys captured the world by storm with their infectious anthem that made noise everywhere, “nah, nah, nah, nah…”
Song: “I’m Ready”
Performer: Cam’ron, Jim Jones, Juelz Santana
Off the Dips’ debut album, this soulful gem is the powerful music we’ve come accustomed to hearing from the Harlemites.
Song: “Still Tippin (Remix)”
Crew: Swisha House
Performers: Mike Jones, Slim Thug, Paul Wall
Houston has had its share of hip-hop moments but, when Mike Jones alongside his Swishahouse comrades dropped this ode to the slab, H-Town was back on the map.
Song: “Bling Bling”
Crew: Cash Money Millionaires
Performers: Birdman, Lil Wayne, B.G., Mannie Fresh, Juvenile
This ubiquitous Cash Money smash hit set the bar for hip-hop’s bling era.
Crew: Young Money
Performers: Lil Wayne, Drake, Nicki Minaj, Gudda Gudda, Tyga, Jae Millz
This smash hit by the Young Money squad earned them major notoriety and radio spins all over the country.
Song: “All About The Benjamins”
Crew: Bad Boy
Performers: Diddy, Lil Kim, Jadakiss, Styles P, Sheek Louch, Notorious B.I.G
There was no stopping Bad Boy’s reign during the ‘90s and when this record dropped, that became further evident.
Song: “Bitches Ain’t Shit”
Crew: Death Row
Performers: Dr Dre, Snoop Dogg, Kurupt, Daz, Jewell
Snoop and his Dogg Pound homies (as well as Jewell) dropped something for that ass on Dr. Dre’s magnum opus, The Chronic.
Song: “4 Da Fam”
Performers: Amil, Jay-Z, Beanie Sigel, Memphis Bleek
“You are about to witness a Dynasty like no other…” The ROC’s all star cast brought their lyrical artillery to this cut off Amil’s debut (and only) album, All Money Is Legal.
Crew: Hit Squad
Performers: EPMD, K-Solo, Redman
Pull over that black hoody and let the lyrical attack begin as EPMD, K-Solo & Redman unleash a hardcore crew cut that’s strictly for the headbangers.
Song: “Git Up, Git Out”
Crew: Dungeon Family
Performers: Big Boi, Andre 3000, Cee-Lo, Big Gipp
This single off OutKast’s debut album finds the duo teaming with their fellow ATLiens Cee-Lo and Gipp, to lay a positive message for those letting life pass’em by.
Song: “It Ain’t No Fun”
Crew: Death Row
Performers: Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg, Kurupt, Warren G
Snoop and his Death Row comrades take a stroll on this smooth track while sending a raunchy declaration to their female groupies.