Header Ads

DAR Roundtable: Best Hip Hop Posse Cuts/Tracks

In hip hop, one of the lost arts of today is the posse cut. From official remixes to album songs, a good posse cut features at least 4 MCs spitting a verse on it. In the context of groups such as Wu-Tang, posse cuts were a regular occurrence. We tried to keep the Wu songs here to a minimum, while still representing Wu as best we can. First, we decided to look at a few of the honorable mention tracks that didn't make anyone's top 3 list. That's right, each person can only choose three posse tracks. Some legendary cuts will be missing, but you can definitely add those in on the comments. Let's get right into the honorable mention, which essentially is a collection of great posse tracks that did not make our panel's top 3. In the interest of fairness, we extended the honorable mention to include quite a few selections.






HONORABLE MENTION

*Jay-Z featuring The Lox, Beanie Sigel and Sauce Money- Reservoir Dogs


-Released on Jay's Vol. 2 Hard Knock Life album, this was an all time classic posse cut that we had to pay homage to without a doubt as every MC came with their best rhymes.

*A Tribe Called Quest and Leaders Of The New School- Scenario


-A classic track that had to be mentioned here. Though no one chose it for their top 3, this is easily one of the best posse cuts ever.

*Big Daddy Kane, Masta Ace, Kool G Rap, Marley Marl and Craig G- The Symphony


-I debated putting Self Destruction on the honorable mention, but The Symphony got way more votes and rightfully so. It's a classic.

*Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Jay Electronica, and J Cole- Just Begun


-A surprise entry perhaps? All four MCs came with fire over an amazing beat. Jay Elec's verse is out of this world.

*Three 6 Mafia featuring UGK and Project Pat- Sippin On Some Syrup


-Another shocker right? Well, to be honest, this was a great track to me and one of my favorite Three 6 songs.

*N.O.R.E., Cam'ron, The Lox, Nature and Big Pun- Banned From TV


-There are some tracks that epitomize what a posse track should be. This is one of them.

*Puff Daddy, The Lox, Lil Kim, and Notorious B.I.G.- All About The Benjamins


-An all time classic, this huge hit was a posse cut as its core with minimal emphasis on the hook, while all MCs spit their best.

*Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg, Kurupt, and Warren G- Ain't No Fun(If The Homies Can't Have None)


-This track is as flawless as they come as all these west coast MCs bring comedy and more to an easily infectious track.

*Heltah Skeltah featuring O.G.C.- Leflaur Leflah Eshkoshka


-A unlikely hit, this track proved that the 90s was full of classic posse cuts, something slightly lost on this new era.

*Big L featuring Jay-Z, Party Arty, Lord Finesse, Grand Daddy I.U., and Microphone Nut- Da Graveyard


-Another 90s gem as a ton of MCs come with their absolute best and we see a younger Jigga spitting with what can be considered his old flow.

*Fat Joe, Nas, Big Pun, Jadakiss, and Raekwon- John Blaze


-Another 90s classic track as these MCs come with solid verses, as I feel like Nas and Pun easily stole the show.

*LL Cool J featuring Foxy Brown, Prodigy, Fat Joe, and Keith Murray- I Shot Ya(Remix)


-Another 90s classic remix that features some solid verses all around. No way we could forget this one.

*De La Soul featuring A Tribe Called Quest, Queen Latifah, Monie Love and Jungle Brothers- Buddy


-Another all time classic that couldn't be left out the list without a doubt.

*DMX featuring The Lox and Ma$e- Niggas Done Started Something


-A track full of aggression, anger and one of lyrical ability, this track should have easily made someone's top 3, as it is truly classic. X murders everything though.

TOP 3 LISTS

@ShokusApollo

*The Firm- La Familia


-The Firm is my favorite "supergroup" and definitely the most underrated. Their album was lyrically some of the dopest shit ever heard, but it was backed by lackluster Trackmasters and Dr Dre beats. However this song features Cormega instead of Nature and he doesn't disappoint. Nas completely rips this track spewing his Mafioso rhetoric and codes. Its one of my all time favorite verses from him. Foxy verse was dope albeit ghostwritten and AZ closes it with the smooth lyrical flow.

*Wu-Tang Clan- Diesel


-Wu-Tang would be the only artists I would have on this list, but that's no fun. This song is eerie and laced with ODB paranoia. Raekwon and Meth have the best verses on here and U God actually shows up on this track. One of my all timers.

*Mobb Deep featuring Nas and Raekwon - Eye For An Eye


-The best of QB/Shaolin come together on this sinister track. All the legends kill it with sick wordplay. The unreleased version where Ghost and Rae have different verses is also dope as hell.

@CurlsAndSports

*LL Cool J featuring Redman, Method Man, Canibus, and DMX- 4, 3, 2, 1


-Now from what I remember, this music video was hot. You saw LL Cool J be extra hard and he was ready to knock you out. Canibus' went hard on this song too. It seems like they had something to prove to people.

*Wu-Tang Clan- It's Yourz 


-The beat of this song is enough to call it an instant classic. You can tell that the Clan didn't give a damn while they recorded this song. In other words, they shitted on everyone.

*Nas featuring AZ, Foxy Brown, Cormega- Affirmative Action


-The way that this song starts out is incredibly chill. It automatically puts you in a good one. The bars on this song are forever quotable

@Tariku__

*Heavy D, Grand Puba, Kool G Rap. Big Daddy Kane, Q-Tip, Pete Rock & CL Smooth- Don't Curse


-A creative posse cut. With Heavy D, Kane, Kool G, CL, and other legends lending a verse with no curse words at all. So I definitely gotta put that track in here.

*Craig Mack featuring LL Cool J, Busta Rhymes, Rampage, and Biggie- Flava In Ya Ear (Remix) 


-Biggie, Busta, LL, Rampage, and Craig Mack all delivered strong, unique verses on this cut. Track means a lot to me cause introduced me to the character of Busta Rhymes, who made me love Hip-Hop.

*Black Hippy- Black Lip Bastard (Remix)


-Black Hippy has always been know for their great posse cuts, but the one that truly stands out is their cut off Ab Soul's classic Control System album. A posse cut that hasn't been topped since the song dropped in my opinion. A cut that my generation will remember forever.

@Mightytraplord_

*Mobb Deep, Nas, and Raekwon- Eye For An Eye 


-Nas Escobar & Raekwon the Chef gave us memorable guest verses. Mobb Depp did what they always did, with a dope beat produced by Havoc.

*Dr. Dre, Kurupt, RBX, and The Lady of Rage- Lyrical Gangbang


-Yeah, I know, posse cuts tend to have 4 artists or more on one song, but it's that good.

*Wu-Tang Clan- Project Ya Neck


-All 9 members hopped on the track. if you ever listened to the song, it's self explanatory as to why in my opinion it's the greatest posse cut of all time.

@JustKels88

*Kanye West, Rakim, Nas, KRS-ONE, DJ Premier - Classic


-Because, yes. This track is so perfect. Sometimes I randomly yell out "I'm everywhere you never been and better than I ever been", still. Everything about "Classic" makes me happy: the production, the lyrics, the video- all of that. It's unabashed, unadulterated shit talking at its finest. I probably listened to this track 10 times a month, to this day.

*Cool Breeze, Outkast, Goodie Mob, Witchdoctor - Watch for the Hook


-Yeah where do I start with this one? This track is a big ass mess, and I love it. The beat is phenomenal. Nobody on the track sounds anywhere close to similar, but nobody sounds out of place either. You put Goodie Mob and Kast on a track together and I'm there for it, no questions. Khujo and Cee-Lo's exchange on this is pure greatness.

*B.G., Big Tymers, Hot Boys - Bling Bling 


-Cash Money Records was really taking over for the '99 and the 2000. You couldn't tell us shit (honestly still can't) when this track came on. To me, it signifies an era in hip hop. Yeah, there are so many great posse tracks with "legends" and blah blah but this.... This just felt good. I wanted Yokohama tires and a candy coated helicopter.

@TrueGodImmortal
For my list, I wanted to talk about ones that no one else had on their list. My list is my personal favorite 3.

*Wu-Tang Clan- Triumph


-One of my all time favorite tracks here, the Wu chemistry was top notch here.

*The Notorious B.I.G. feat Hot Boys and Big Tymers- Hope You Niggas Sleep


-A sleeper pick I'm sure, as an old Big verse gets placed over one of my favorite Mannie Fresh beats and the Cash Money crew supply some of their best verses. Juve and B.G. steal the show here.

*UGK and Outkast- International Players Anthem


-I think this is one of my favorite all time tracks with the simple soulful sample, the bumping 808s, the verses from all four MCs, and the overall feel. A true classic.

See any posse cuts missing? Put them in the comments below and join the conversation.

-DAR

No comments

Powered by Blogger.