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24 Classic Hip-Hop Songs That Will Transport You To 1996

"Ready or Not," you're about to feel old.

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Yes, all of these were hits TWENTY years ago.


2. 2Pac, "California Love"

Death Row Records / Interscope Records

The Most Memorable Thing About This Song: It somehow managed to get everyone up and on the dance floor, even if they weren't from California.


10. Lil' Kim, "Crush on You (ft. Lil' Cease)"

Undeas Recordings / Big Beat Records

Most Prolific Lyric Verse: Lil' Kim sampling "Lady Marmalade" with the lyric, "And itchy-gitchy-yaya with the marmalade" five years before appearing on the cover track for the Moulin Rouge! soundtrack.


15. 2pac (ft. K-Ci & JoJo), “How Do You Want It

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Lyric You Mumbled Along To 'Cause You Had No Idea What Pac Was Saying: "Livin' in hell, only a few of us'll live to tell/ Now everybody talkin' bout us I could give a fuck I'd be the first one to bomb and cuss."


24. LL Cool J (ft. Total), "Loungin"

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Why The Backing Vocals Were Iconically '90s: Total sang the backing vocals for Notorious B.I.G.'s "One More Chance" and "Juicy," Mase's "What You Want," Foxy Brown's "I Can't," and Lil Kim's "Not Tonight (Ladies Night Remix)."

Here's a Spotify playlist so you can live in '96 wherever you're at:


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