XXL will be presenting a special, collector’s issue later this month that counts down the top 250 hip-hop songs from 1990-1999.

Regarded as the best decade in hip-hop music ever, XXL’s staff took on the daunting task of narrowing down the genre’s most important, influential and, of course, the illest joints from the 1990s. Fans will be surprised at who did, and did not make it onto the definitive list.

XXL 250 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs 1990-1999 hits newstands nationwide on May 24. —XXL Staff