Perhaps the greatest bathroom reader of all time, Ego Trip’s Big Book of Rap Lists is one of those books that any rap nerd wishes they would have written. If you flip to the back starting on page 314, they have several lists that compile all the greatest singles by year from 1979 through 1998. For TROY purposes, we’re going to post up 1979-1988.
Several years ago, I downloaded all of these years from a blogger who took the time to compile all of these songs together. For the life of me, I can’t remember what the site was (or if it even still exists), so if you think this is your hard work being reposted here, please leave a comment on the blog with your site and we’ll give you proper credit.
Each week, we’ll post up another year, but this week, we start at the beginning. A lot of these will be familiar, some you may be hearing for the first time, but hopefully this will give you some dope playlists for any party you want to throw.
Rapper’s Delight [Long Version] – Sugarhill Gang
Superappin’ – Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
Christmas Rappin’ – Kurtis Blow
Rapping And Rocking The House – Funky 4 + 1
Rhymin’ And Rappin’ – Paulette & Tanya Winley
Funk You Up [Long Version] – Sequence
Mc Rock – Jazzy 4 Mc’s
Lady D – Lady D
Street Talk (Madame Rapper) – Funky Constellation
Wack Rap – Solid C, Bobby D & Kool Drop
Spiderap – Ron Hunt
Rapper’s Delight – Xanadu & Sweet Lady
Rocker’s Choice – Xanadu & Sweet Lady
King Tim III (Personality Jock) – Fatback