As with any list of this nature, this effort wasn’t perfect. While generally all the selections have a place on this lineup, the rankings have left many shooting Vulture the proverbial side-eye. Cracking the top ten is Roxanne Shanté’s “Roxanne’s Revenge” which definitely is commendable but when’s the last time you played the track? Also in the final group is Bobby Shmurda’s “Hot N***a”; definitely a New York classic but is it top ten of all time material? The jury is still out.
Thankfully the top five is rounded out a bit better with Wu-Tang Clan’s “C.R.E.A.M.”, Nas’ “N.Y. State of Mind” and B.I.G.’s “Juicy” at 5,4 and 3 respectively. Top 2 is “The Message” which feels more like a sentimental placement and coming in the number one slot is Mobb Deep’s “Shook Ones, Pt. II”.
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