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Hot 5: Songs for Halloween

Yeah, yeah its about that time of year and people are putting together their halloween mixtapes.  So we here at GHz figured we put in our 2 cents on how to get your hip hop spooky mood on. By the way these are in no particular order.

Kid Cudi – No One Believes Me
The newest song on the list comes from the Fright Night soundtrack. No not THAT Fright Night from 1985 we talkin about the remake with Colin Farrell that came out last year.  Missed the movie huh?  Well the song was nice and we looooved the video (alright just DJ A-See loooooved the video).

Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – Nightmare on My Street
Back when he was still gettin payed for just rappin Big Will & Jazz  dropped this 3rd single from their huge crossover album He’s the Dj, I’m the Rapper.

Ice Cube and Dr. Dre – Natural Born Killers
This song sparked hopes and dreams that there might be some kinda reunion of  NWA or at least a collaboration between the two BEST members of NWA or something, something.  Little did we know that this was a harbinger of things too come.  Us, we, you , I and everybody else getting disappointed by what Dr. Dre was going to do.

Gravediggaz – Diary of A Madman
Only for the true heads in the building.  Most grownheadz SHOULD remember this group from 1994. It featured RZA, Prince Paul, Frukwan (from Stetsasonic) and Too Poetic.  It was for alot of folks their 1st exposure to “horrorcore”.  Geto Boys dabbled a little but the Gravediggaz went all in with the imagery, the rhymes, the theme the whole nine.   With RZA and Prince Paul on the beats the album was hot.  Sadly rapper Too Poetic died of colon cance in 2001.

Geto Boys – Mind Playing Tricks
No Halloween mixtape would be complete without this bonafide hip-hop classic.  THIS song truly put the Geto Boys on nationally.  They were already hot in the southern underground. After this release north, south, east and west knew about the 5th ward.


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HOT 5: Top 5 Beastie Boys Songs

Unless you just TOTALLY don’t keep up at all you know by now that Adam Yauch, MCA, of the Beastie Boys passed on Friday.  You know your grownhead if you were sincerely surpised and aghast at the news.  Here at GHz we were most definately surprised an aghast at the news.  So here are our top Beastie Boy songs. Notice we say songs and not videos cause sometimes the dopest songs didn’t always have a video and sometimes the video (Sabotage) is a better video than actual Hip Hop song. Just so ya know we didn’t just go for the hits but ones where they were truly representin hip hop

The New Style
Before Fight For Yor Right blew them all up on MTV this was the first release of Liscence to Ill.  It was hot in the streets with no MTV pub. BTW this video is courtey of Neal Brennan, he helped produce and write a little program called the Chappelle Show.  Apparently this was going to be a music segment on the never finished 3rd season.

Shake Your Rump
Off Paul’s Boutique the second album and the first after they left Def Jam. The Beasties sampled the “Woo Ha got ya all in check” thing years before Busta made it into a hit record.

Pass The Mic
From Check Your Head yeah yeah everybody loves So What Cha Want. But this gem had the three rockin hard. Plus it waaay easier to understand tha So What Cha Want it dosn’t have all the distortion on the voices.

Get it Together featuring Q-Tip
Off Ill Communication their fourth album. I actually wanted to put Root Down on here too but gave the nod to this one cause they had Q-Tip on it.

3 MC’s and 1 DJ
The Beasties took it way old school with this one from Hello Nasty. It literally is just 3 MC’s and 1 DJ doin somrthing that seems almost forgotten now a song given love to their DJ MIxMaster Mike.

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Hot 5: 5 Rappers with TOO, TOO, TOO Much Posse

Hot 5: Rappers with Too Much Posse

Rappers, like any other stars, have to have an entourage. When you roll up all by yourself with no boys, no crew and no security, a rapper just looks…lonely. So having a few people roll with you is not unheard of.  But where do you draw the line? We here at GHz are calling out the rappers who went overboard, with 2 DJs, 12 video girls, 2 hype men, a symphony orchestra and 5 square blocks worth of homeboys.

Kwame and
the New Beginning

Ah yes, Kwame. The man responsible for making polka dot pants acceptable club attire has yet another crime to answer for.   Kwame was hot when he was hot, but for a solo rapper he had far more folks than he needed in the posse department. Besides the DJ and the dancers, there’s the tall girl Tasha who sang a few hooks and REALLY didn’t need to roll to the shows. As for the cute shorty? Far as we know, she never did ANYthing in the videos, on record or otherwise. 

Arrested Development

Everyday People got a LOT of play back in ’93, and Tennessee might actually be a hip hop classic. But Arrested Development was definitely rolling too deep. It takes a village to raise a child, not cut a record. OK, to break it down: Speech rapped, Dionne Farris sang…sometimes, Headliner was the DJ, thick girl did the whole interpretive dance thang, and about thirty-five various and assorted dreds just bobbed their heads to the beat. The topper was Baba Oje, the old dude who NEVER said anything anywhere. He may have been acting as a chaperone on tour (or he could’ve been first in line for the conscious love trains), but if he demanded a cut of the proceeds it’s easy to see why the group splintered over creative differences.

Digital Underground

All right, quick test: Name the rappers in DU. Shock G/Humpty Hump, Money B, and, uhhh…yeah, us too.  Before you start yelling about 2Pac, remember he started off as a dancer and only rapped on ‘Same Song’ before going solo.  I’m a Dj and even I don’t know who Digital Underground’s DJ was.  Much less any dancer (‘cept 2pac), and I actually think there was a third rapper in the group.  We just don’t feel like looking it up.  Plus we don’t really care, do you? 

Boogie Down Productions

Let us be the first to say we luuuv us some BDP.  Kris is still putting out quality music right now.  But in their heyday, KRS wasn’t exaggerating when he said “My posse from the Bronx is THICK.”  At one point, BDP boasted D-Nice, Kenny Parker, ICU, Scotty Morris, Ms. Melody, Harmonie, Mad Lion, DJ Red Alert, et al ad nauseum.  Keep in mind that after their debut album, Criminal Minded, NOBODY else ever said anything on record except KRS.  Now they were all in the video, and BDP originated the “way too many people on stage with mics for no reason” shtick long before Wu-Tang bit. Thankfully, Kris woke up in ‘93 with his first “solo” album, ‘Return of the Boom Bap.’ He rolls pretty much crewless to this day.

MC Hammer

Do we really have to run the details on this?  It’s a story everybody knows. Hit records, cross-over fame, more dancers than the queen-to-be scene in Coming to America, bankruptcy. But just to kick a dead horse when it’s down, take a look at the photo . Nuff said.


Honorable Mentions: 
We would be remiss if we didn’t mention Public Enemy and X-Clan.  X-Clan actually may have rolled with the Blackwatch Movement crew at ALL times, for reasons unknown but fun to speculate.
PE STILLS rolls deep. Besides the S1W’s and Griff, they added a band. While you don’t need much past Chuck, Flav and DJ Lord (Terminator X is allegedly raising ostriches in North Carolina), the S1W’s at least add to the spectacle, and the live band turns the performance up a couple notches, so they get a pass from this list. 


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Hot 5: Movies Lines That All Black Folks Know

We all know the routine. You’re in a conversation, with somebody about some topic and they might say something like “Come on what REALLY happened” and all of sudden you break into you’re worst Jack Nichloson impersanation and say “YOU can’t handle the truth!”. Oh I’m the only one?  And who amongst us has not found some way to break into a Scarface imppression and exclaim “Say hello to my little friend. But you get the deal. Well ANYway we present to you the the movie lines that every black person knows.

You know you done f**** up right?

“You been bamboozled…”

“Till you do right by me…” (6:20 mark)

“Sexual Chocolate!”

“Do you understand the words coming out of my mouth”

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Hot 5: Issues With the Wire

Recently here at Grownheadz HQ, we have been taking a look back at one of the greatest TV shows ever made. Which one, you say?  Wait for it…wait for it…The Wire. 

While we’re hardcore, boxset owning fans of the crime drama that ran on HBO from 2002 to 2008 and chronicled much more than crime in Baltimore, we wanted to see how it has held up over time. And while our love for the Barksdales, Bunk and Bunny Colvin is unabated, upon review we have found some chinks in The Wire’s armor.  The writers got a whole lot right, but here are a couple of holes that sure could have used filling.

Weak Female Characters
The Wire had some women we loved, like Det. Kima Griggs (Sonja Sohn), Avon’s sister Brianna, and a character we totally forgot about until we watched Season 5 again, Council President Nerese Campbell.  There were also some women we loved to hate, like Webay’s wifey and momma to Namond, De’Londa.

These were strong characters, but they weren’t given much nuance or backstory.  We got all sorts details about the male characters’ off-duty lives and their private motivations or demons, but the very few female characters got short shrift. We did see some of Kima’s home life at the start of the series, but from Season 3 onward, she was strictly in the background.  Watching the last three seasons, you could almost forget that, at least initially, she had been a major player and Daniel’s No. 2.

McNulty: Good Cop, Bad Attitude
We all know a Jimmy McNulty—or maybe not. This self-destructive drunk and womanizer’s only redeeming quality was the fact that he was “reeeal po-lice.” Smart yet stupid, he put the case (every case) above his personal and professional life in an admirable show of determination. Right?  Wellll, a closer review reveals less than admirable qualities.

Throughout the series, characters regularly compromised, picked their battles, made deals with the devil or whatever you want to call it in order to achieve their greater goals, but McNulty was Above All That.  If you weren’t willing to go all in and piss off your superiors and sacrifice your career for the case, you were a sellout.  You weren’t trying hard enough.  McNulty was a wrecking ball to his own life and everyone’s lives around him, and a few solved cases and smart one-liners can’t fix that.

Black Bosses and Respect.
Apparently, the show’s white writers never had  an African American supervisor.  We were tripping on how McNulty would come storming into Lt. Daniel’s office (his boss), talking loud and telling him off about the case. 

Heeeeeeelll to the naw. We as a people just don’t operate like that. You can be upset, you can be unhappy, you can have legit grievances on the job, but you better DAMN sure watch your tone of voice.  Daniels had spent years on the force, and probably put up with more than a few holdover racist cops while he was coming up.  At this point in his career he wouldn’t go for any ol’ white boy talking crazy to him, ESPECIALLY one he outranked.  A REAL black boss would squash all that ish real quick.

Wack-Ass Hip Hop
With so much drama in the hood, The Wire had immediate hip hop credibility. Iconic characters like Omar and Snoop seeped into our consciousness, and the show got shout-outs on a few albums. There should’ve been more: Wire-themed mixtapes, soundtracks with all-star casts… There was that much love.  So why did the show’s hip hop suck so badly?

Seriously, we haven’t heard such sub-par hip hop since mid-80s cop action movies. Given the different incarnations of the theme song, it’s obvious that the writers and producers had a handle on the Alt-Blues-Rock connection, but they definitely could have benefited from a rap consultant.

Too Few Happy Endings
We really appreciate all the realism on the show and the “life ain’t fair” ethos that it portrayed.  But come on guys, it’s still a TV show. Can we get some Hollywood endings, pleeeease? In five seasons, viewers only get two: Namond getting into Bunny Colvin’s place, and Bubs getting off heroin. Lester getting the young ex-stripper as his girl wasn’t bad either. 

But when you weigh that against all the people who died (Bodie, Omar, Wallace, Stringer, numerous others), had sad endings (Dukie on drugs, Randy in a group home, Gus getting demoted to the copy desk), or didn’t get what they deserved (The Greeks, Marlo, Clay Davis’s rotten azz, Rawls), it just didn’t equal out. The Wire was entertaining, but they sure knew how to bring a guy or girl down.

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HOT 5: Rappers Who Sound Like Supervillians

Hot 5 Rappers Who Could Be Supervillains
Previously on GrownHeadz, we discussed rappers who sound like superheroes. But you can’t have a good hero without a nemesis undermining their every move. These five rappers sound like the bad guys knocking off banks and vaguely plotting to rule the world.

The Luniz
Every supervillain has to have minions, a group of not-too-bright but criminally inclined guys to do his bidding and laugh in unison at his jokes. That’s who the Luniz sound like. Crazy enough to ride, but too crazy to mastermind the plan. We kinda figured they would work for the Joker or maybe the Riddler.

don't sleep, this necklace will cut ya

Rah Digga
With “raw” as your name, it doesn’t sound like you’d be a happy-go-lucky type. More like someone with a wicked grudge whose weapon of choice would be a rusty meat hook. 

The Gravediggaz
With a name like this, what else could they be? Well, we guess they COULD be a group of professional, respected gravediggers (no grave too deep and free estimates), but realistically (yes, realistically!) they’d probably gut you and take your gold teeth.

Jeru the Damaja
For some reason, we’re envisioning a larger-than-life 1960’s style supervillain with hammers for hands, fighting Spiderman and wrecking NYC in the process. Yelling things like “Jeru Smash!!!” and making purple spandex look hardcore again.

Double XX Posse

You know what time it is!

They climbin’ through your window/ snatchin your people up/ hide your kids/hide your wife/hide your kids/hide your wife/ and hide your husband…. You get the picture.

Honorable Mentions:
Mistidious Misfits – Not really bad, just mischievous, sorta like the blonde hightop kids in Meteor Man.
Lootpack – Their name says it all. Keep your wallet in your front pocket.
GangStarr – They run the gangs in Gotham.

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Hot 5: Rappers Who Sound Like Superheros

Hot 5: Rappers Who Sound Like Superheroes
One of the best things about getting into the rap game is picking a name. Only rappers, Muslim converts and people going into Witness Protection get to choose the name the world will know them by, and the name an artist chooses says a lot about them. Trugoy, we can only assume, loves yogurt. But some artists we think have a secret fantasy of going back to their old stomping grounds, this time in a mask and tights, and taking back the streets they had to run down last time. Word to Spiderman.

Black Thought (telekinesis, mind reading)
Now, depending on your perspective, Black Thought can be either a

I know what evil lurks in the hearts of men.

good guy or a bad guy. If you’re part of the community, you might figure black thoughts are probably a good thing.  If you’re from a different community you might say “Look, Black Thought–RUN!!” Since we reside in the ‘hood (or close to it), bring him on. 

Stetsasonic (techie crew)

we DID get the group discount on the outfits

Most definitely a super group of gadgeted-up, secret weapon carrying, GI Joe-like soldiers each with their own specialty, ready to bring supersonic justice to that black azz.

Fearless Four (super strength, super speed, flying, etc all those traditional super powers)

Pay no mind to our sexy leather we will protect you

It’s kinda obvious, but they have an old-old school-sounding name for crime fighters, like they were formed way back in the forties or fifties.

Positive K (the power of positive thinking)
Positive K? Yeah, ya man Pos K. We figure him to be one of those happy go lucky super heros who were created by Sesame Street or Electric Company. You know, running around telling kids to play fair and saying no to drugs. All good things to tell the children, mind you. But he ain’t the hero to call when it’s really going down.

Newcleus (space-age powers and abilities)
Jam On It was THE jam back in the day. They were on some kinda P-Funk thing with the voices and coming from outer space deal.  But with a name like Newcleus, they COULD have been some atomic powered super team that fought the big stuff like Godzilla or King Kong with their nuclear powers.

Honorable Mentions:  Just-Ice (you know justice), Supernatural (kinda obvious), Super Lover Cee (for the true headz that remember “Doin the James”)

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5 Mistakes On Facebook that can Ruin Your Life

Grownheads can be behind the curve on Facebook, great for finding old friends–or getting you fired. Be safe and skip these 5 Huge Mistakes.

Since most grownheadz grew up at a time when Skypagers were cutting edge technology, we can have a bit of a learning curve for newer ways of communication, or even be a little late to the game. (If you’re wondering why SexyAzz24456 hasn’t been in the AOL chatroom for a while, I’m talking to you.)

This can sometimes make us act like we have no sense when we get on something new. Enter Facebook, a great tool for staying in touch, rife with pitfalls for the newly initiated. Here are the biggest little mistakes to make on Facebook that can ruin your love life, career, or even your identity. 

1.    Not checking your privacy settings. Realize the default settings for Facebook is that everyone can see everything. Do a quick test for me, sign out of Facebook (I know – the horror). Now go to your page. If your profile page is the same as if you hadn’t signed out, then your page comes up on searches and whatever you have put on your page can be seen by everyone, including future employers, friends and family

Why yes we ARE facebook friends

2.    Post when you are going on vacation. Why would you do this? There are people you wouldn’t even tell you are running down to get the paper, much less rolling out to the Tom Joyner Cruise for a week. Why would you post it on your wall? It’s the same as spray painting on your door, “Please steal everything.” When you return home and your flat screen is gone, you can only blame yourself. Just post the photos and talk about it when you get back.

3.    Friend your entire family, their friends and their friends’ friends. Just because you know someone does not mean they are a friend. You may consider Facebook friends different, and that’s cool, but realize that letting the assistant Deacon at your church know that you’re going to get high tonight may bring unintended consequences, including him dropping by without putting anything on it.

4.    Don’t make up stuff for your personal information. First off, it’s lying, and secondly you don’t know what might come back and bite you in the butt. I have a friend that says she’s married in her info– but not to the man she’s actually married to (Facebook married???). In North Carolina, your side chick or dude can be sued for breaking up a happy home, and a Facebook declaration with something like that is all the lawyers need. “It’s Complicated” is there for a reason.

5.    Post Anything About Your Job Conflicts. Yes, you can and will get fired. The lines between personal and professional are blurring faster and faster. Many companies now have additional regulations in regards to social media sites, and they actively monitor sites like Facebook. If you are posting something  illegal or disparaging about the gig, they will find you and fire you. On the bright side though, at least you’ll have more time to play Farmville.

Grumpy Smurf, aka Tobias Wright, is Director of digital strategy for Simply Good Media , home of See Jack Shop. You can find read more of his thoughts on technology at his personal site, tobias wright dot com.

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HOT 5: 5 Rappers Who Ain’t Really Rappers

Top 5 Rappers Who Don’t Really Count As Rappers

You know that summer job parking cars downtown that on your resume magically became an internship at the Mayor’s office? Or that “fine dining management” experience you got at Taco Bell? It’s not technically lying on your resume, it’s just stretching the truth like Laffy Taffy. Well, at some point these people below all went into the studio, blessed the mic, and came out with Top 20 hits. Despite that, most heads don’t even consider them when listing even the most rudimentary emcees. We present to you the Top 5 entertainers who can put “rapper” on their resumes, but that might be, you know, stretching the truth just a bit.

5. Sean “Puffy” (he’s come full-circle, ya know) Combs
Major mogul, yes. CEO, right-O. Tastemaker, check. Rapper. Rapper? Um, about thaaat… Now, there are several bonafide hits—even classics—out there that Puffy raps on, like All About The Benjamins or Dolly My Baby. He has recorded three rap albums. But Puffy always seemed like he got into rappin because it was something to do. Honestly, I always thought Puff started rapping and dancing in videos to get more girls, because even when the artist is getting pimped, the executive producer just doesn’t get the same level of groupie love. Imagine, women were pushing past him to get to Craig Mack! You know a brother had to rectify that situation. Besides, Puffy said it best himself: “Don’t ask if I write rhymes. I write checks.”

4. That Guy from Snap
I Got the Power was hitting hard in 1990. Black stations, white stations, BET and MTV—everybody was rocking that song, except me. As a young Hampton University (HU ’92 Go Pirates!!!) hip-hop snob in 1990, I refused to play it at parties, opting instead for the OTHER I Got The Power, by Chill Rob G.* He wrote the original song that Snap bit, stole, swiped and made into a hit, but I digress. Does anybody really remember Turbo B. from Snap? Did any of y’all know all the words to his rap? Do you miss him? Rumor has it Turbo was the cousin of the producer, but he left and they got somebody else, then HE LEFT and they found somebody else. Sad thing is nobody noticed or cared.

*Editor’s note: Gawd, you’re still whipping Chill Rob G’s dead horse? He’s made peace with that. You should too. No more blood on the dance-floor of life! –Resident Alien

3. Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch
Mr. Mark Wahlburg has to his credit The Happening, The Departed and, a favorite around here at GH Headquarters, The Italian Job. But mysteriously missing from that list is “Can’t Stop the Funky Bunch.” Everybody has mercifully forgotten that Wahlburg got his showbiz start as a rapper. He was nice on paper: he could stay on beat, was one of a very small handful of white rappers in ’91, and even had some street cred, coming from Boston (that last bastion of ‘hood whiteboys), but only MTV took him seriously. Even Mr. Wahlburg is trying to forget. A few years ago he and Eminem appeared on TRL together, and Marky Mark looked ready to choke out Marshall when Em jokingly referred to his former group. Now, it could have been a case of Funky Bunch love, like Don’t put my crew’s name in your mouth, dude. Or it could be now that he’s an ahc-tor, he no longer feels the “Good Vibrations.” (But his remake was the first time I heard that Lou Reed song.)

2. Freedom Williams / C+C Music Factory
Don’t act like you don’t know. No, not Blackbox, the group that did that OTHER “Everybody” song, C&C Music Factory, fool. Back in ’93 when they hit with Everybody Dance Now and Gonna Make You Sweat, they were all over the radio and in the club. For countless interviews, Freedom (the perpetually shirtless light-skinned brother) was represented as the rapper in the group. Yeah, he rapped, but we all know he damn sure wasn’t a rapper. I always thought of him as just a mainstream-friendly pretty boy the studio picked out, so I was shocked to learn that Freedom really considered himself a serious rapper. Around 1993 a colleague of mine, VA-radio legend Chester Benton, put on a showcase in Portsmouth (home of Missy Elliot and Timbaland). One of the acts to audition was a then-unknown Freedom Williams. He didn’t make the cut, but it hints that the cat actually put in work, paid his dues and spent years practicing. HE STILL SUCKED. What’s funny is supposedly one of the reasons he left C&C Music Factory was because he felt he wasn’t getting the credit he deserved for the group’s success (kind of an Eddie Kane Jr. reaction). To prove his skills to the world, Freedom dropped his solo project. And it dropped, and it dropped, and it kept on dropping. It may have been the worst-selling solo debut of all time. Guess he showed them.

1. Ya Kid K / Technotronic
Pump up the Jam! Pump it up, while your feet are stomping! And the jam is pumping!
You know the line, don’t front. Technotronic’s esteemed “lyricist” was an androgynous, decently monikered rapper named Ya Kid K. I remember heated discussions on whether he was a she or she was a he. Ya Kid K had one of those weird, low-pitched female or high-pitched male voices. Anyway, these British invaders (you knew they were from England) had some other minor hit and K even flopped a solo joint. K had to marvel at her countrywoman Moni Love, who remained a following even without a hit solo. On the other hand, hip-hoppers largely ignored K after Pump Up the Jam. Why did hip-hop reject her contribution? Was it believed that she purposely kept her gender under raps in order to reach traditional male rappers’ sales numbers? Or did heads simply recognize that, in the Book of Hip-Hop, her name need not be recorded?

We noticed a trend on this list (maybe you took note also): it seems like most of the offending “rappers” appeared on dance or club hits, instead of actual hip-hop songs. While this seems a little unfair (like exactly what do we expect from a club/dance song), they did take the job. If I become the quarterback for a mini-minor league football team called the EastSide Po’Boys and I suck, I can’t use the excuse, “Well its only a mini-minor little league football team.” Like Coach always said, You take the job, you do it right.

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Top 5 Greatest Hits Albums That Don’t Exist

A while back, we talked about one-hit wonders who drank their own Kool-Aid and released greatest hits albums, i.e. Tag Team, whose CD sadly features both House and Spanish remixes of Whoomp! There It Is.
Well, on the other end of the spectrum, there are a few artists who really could help out DJ’s and fans by putting all their chart-topping street anthems in one place.
Even though we’ve gone hard on a couple of them in Grownheadz Convos (Crying? There’s no crying in GrownHeadz Convos!), they’ve all consistently packed dancefloors and we give props where they’re due. In honor of Halloween, here are 13 tracks from each artist that can get the party poppin.


Tell me who's your barber, how's he cut so good?! (

Since he first dropped in 2000 (yeah, you’re old), Chris Luva Luva has had at least 1 hit per album. Hell, even his cameos blow up spots. We think a greatest hits might go a little something like this:

Your Fantasy
Roll Out
Pimpin All over the World
Number One Spot
Stand Up
Move Bitch
Get Back
Area Code
Splash Waterfalls
How Low Can You Go
My Chick Bad


Did he wear the same suit to court as to the premiere of Takers? Tacky, man. (,

Since he’s fresh outta jail and might be gettin ready to go back, TI should consider dropping a greatest hits just to give him some time to catch his breath. Speaking on catching your breath, hey Tip, you ‘spose to be a grown man and all, isn’t it time to take it up a notch?

Do like all the rest of us grown-up, got-a-job-but-still-smoke folks out there and do that ish in ya house, homie. Wasting time, literally. Anyways:

Be Easy
Big Things Poppin’ (Do It)
Bring Em Out
Rubber Band Man
Top Back
U Don’t Know Me
What You Know
Whatever You Like
Live Your Life
Swagga Like us

Jay Z (*Update: Greatest Hits Coming Nov. 23)

Jay Z
Jigga goes for the Twofer look when he's not onstage (

We know, ol’ Hov doesn’t get much love in the house of Grownheadz (Hip Hop Purist is just mean). Nonetheless, Pop Carter certainly gets his numbers. There’s even a greatest hits import, but no U.S. release. When and if it ever happens, these are a few songs that COULD be included:

Dead Presidents
Dirt Off Your Shoulder
Hardknock Life
I Just Wanna Love You
Aint No Nigga
Big Pimpin
Brooklyns Finest
Can I Get
22 Twos
99 Problems
Empire State of Mind
On to the Next One
In all actuality, Jay could make a filler-free double disc and nobody’d be mad about it.

Missy Elliot

Missy Elliot
Worst Secret Santa ever. (

Where the hell is Missy at? Maybe she just doesn’t need the money. Between hits for herself and others the Misdemeanor should be clocking MAJOR royalty checks each month. Missy is another who released a greatest hits overseas, but like most Americans, until it happens over here it doesn’t count to us.

The Rain
Hit Em With The Hee
Sock It To Me
Hot Boyz
All In My Grill
She’s A Bitch
One Minute Man
Get Ur Freak On
Gossip Folks
Work It
Pxxxy Cat
Pass The Dutch
Lose Control

Lil Wayne
Hard time is hard for anybody. But it must be HELLA hard when you’re used to a life of haze, head and 24-7 hijinks. I mean, sure Baby ‘nem got him the hooked up commissary, conjugals, and protection (plus, he’s ugly enough that nobody wants the booty), but it’s gotta be damn depressing.

Lil Wayne
It's a lil sad to realize this is the normalest he can look. (

If Weezy ever decided to make a greatest hits, it would be like those Time Life 10-disc sets. Hip hop’s Golden Child probably has more songs, cameos and mixtapes than anyone else in the game. Plus he can fart on beat and go plat. Which is not necessarily good for the culture, but awful entertaining regardless.

Drop It Like It’s Hot
Got Money
Hustler Musik
Neck of the Woods
Stuntin’ Like My Daddy
Tha Block Is Hot
Mrs. Officer

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