Rolling Stone is dropping a four for one Hip-Hop special with its latest cover. The Notorious B.I.G., Tupac, Eminem and Jay-Z will grace the front of the Rock magazine, with the issue including a special 50 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs of All-Time feature.
Ahmir “?uestlove” of the Roots pens the intro to the aforementioned story, which you can peep here.
“The greatest hip-hop songs have the power to pull energy and excitement and anger and questions and self-doubt and raw emotion out of you. It could be a song that sets your neighborhood on fire (“Rebel Without a Pause”) or a song on your headphones that makes you rethink what hip-hop is (Ultramagnetic MCs’ “Ego Trippin’ ”). The common thread is change. The best hip-hop songs aren’t blueprints – they are calls to action, reminders that you can start a revolution in three minutes.
True indeed. Who is number one? The homies at Hip-Hop DX already dropped dime and it’s “The Message” by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five. It’s tough to argue with that one. But let the debates begin.
Check out an Instagram flick of all four covers on the next page.
Photo: @jjmonster, Rolling Stone