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The Definitive Discussion: Hip Hop Posse Cuts (and Podcast)

By May 17, 2009Music, Podcasts

Why are we such big fans of lists? Who knows. A few days ago, Big Mon and I were sitting around talking about our favorite posse cuts of all time, and happened to come up with a list. That list became a podcast. And that podcast now becomes a topic of discussion. Feel free to chime in with your favorites, what we missed, should have included, etc.

We tried to give it some structure, so we excluded features (De La featuring Common – “The Bizness”); cuts by collectives (Wu-Tang), or anything by Dr Dre, since all of his are effectively compilations. We made an exception for “Scenario”.

You’ll enjoy this one!

Track listing after the jump-

  • Craig Mack – “Flava In Ya Ear (Remix)” Featuring Notorious BIG, Rampage, LL Cool J, Busta Rhymes
  • Puff Daddy – “All About The Benjamins” Featuring The LOX, Lil Kim, and Notorious BIG
  • Mobb Deep “Eye For An Eye” Featuring Nas and Raekwon
  • LL Cool J – “I Shot Ya (Remix)” Featuring Keith Murray, Prodigy, Fat Joe, and Foxxy Brown
  • Cool Breeze – “Watch For The Hook” Featuring Outkast, Goodie Mob, and Witchdoctor)
  • Stop The Violence Movement – “Self Destruction” Featuring BDP, Stetsasonic, Kool Moe Dee, MC Lyte, Doug E. Fresh, Just-Ice, Heavy D, and Public Enemy
  • West Coast Rap All Stars – “We’re All In The Same Gang” Featuring King Tee, Body & Soul, Def Jef, Michel’le, Tone Loc, Above The Law, Ice-T, NWA, JJ Fad, Young MC, Digital Underground, Oaktown 3.5.7., MC Hammer, Eazy E
  • Get The Fist Movement  -“Get The Fist” Featuring King Tee, Yo-Yo, MC Eiht, B-Real, J-Dee, Kam, Threat, and Ice Cube
  • Ahmad, Ras Kass, and Saafir – “Come Widdit” From the Street Fighter Movie Soundtrack
  • LL Cool J – “4,3,2,1” Featuring Method Man, Redman, Canibus, and DMX)
  • The Legendary KO – “1st Team All State” Featuring DJ Cipher, DJ Cozmos, Mavrek, Rukus, Minus, Kay, D Rose, Symbolyc One, Myone, Leaf, Snap aka Red Cess, Deology, Starchy Arch, Bavu Blakes, V Zilla, J. Sin, and Chip Fu (SHAMELESS PLUG)
  • Marley Marl / The Juice Crew – “The Symphony” Featuring Masta Ase, Craig G, Kool G Rap, Big Daddy Kane
  • Heavy D – “Don’t Curse” Featuring Kool G Rap, Grand Puba, CL Smooth, Big Daddy Kane, Pete Rock, and Q-Tip
  • Flavor Unit MCs – “Roll Wit Tha Flava” Featuring Treach, Chip Fu, Freddie Foxxx, Queen Latifah, Heavy D, D-Nice, and Dres
  • De La Soul – “Buddy (Remix)” Featuring A Tribe Called Quest, The Jungle Brothers, Monie Love (and Latifah on a lil part of the bridge)
  • Main Source – “Live At The Barbecue” Featuring Nas, Fatal, and Akinyele
  • A Tribe Called Quest – “Scenario” Featuring Leaders Of The New School
  • Crooklyn Dodgers – “Crooklyn” Featuring Special Ed, Masta Ase, Buckshot
  • Crooklyn Dodgers – “Return Of The Crooklyn Dodgers” Featuring Chubb Rock, O.C., and Jeru The Damaja
  • Del Tha Funkee Homosapien – “Burnt” Featuring the Hieroglyphics
  • EPMD – “Headbanger” Featuring K-Solo and Redman
  • King Tee – Played Like A Piano” Featuring Ice Cube and Breeze

Not included in the podcast but worth mentioning:

  • Freeway – “What They Do”
  • ATCQ – “Scenario (Remix)”
  • Fugees – “Cowboys”
  • Missy Elliott – “Hot Boys (Remix)”
  • UGK – “International Players Anthem”
  • And perhaps a million others

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  • Wraithe Fantum says:

    I cant believe that no one has mentioned these sure fire posse cuts:

    Juice Crew – The Symphony Parts 1 & 2

    Heavy D, Grand Puba, Kool G Rap, Big Daddy Kane, CL Smooth, Pete Rock, Q-Tip – Dont Curse

    L.O.N.S., Rumplestilskinz, Crackerjacks – Spontaneous

    K.M.D., Brand Nubian, Busta Rhymes – Nitty Gritty Remix

    Harmony, Kid Capri, Freddie Foxxx, LL Cool J, MC Lyte, Queen Latifah, KRS-1, Ms Melodie, Big Daddy Kane – H.EA.L.

    Boot Camp Click – Headz Aint Ready 1 & 2

    De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, Jungle Brothers, Queen Latifah, Monie Love – Buddy Remix

    Treach, Chip Fu, Freddie Foxxx, Queen Latifah, D-Nice, Heavy D, Dres – Roll Wit Tha Flava

    The Roots, Dice Raw, Skoolz Of Thought – Clones

    Rawkus One For Love Compilation Featuring – One Four Love Pt. 1 (feat. Common, Kool G Rap, Mos Def, Pharoahe Monch, Posdnuos, Rah Digga, Shabaam Sahdeeq, Sporty Thievz & Talib Kweli)

    Mumia 911 Project – Afu RA, Goldi Lokks, Pharoahe Monch, Aceyalone, Wise Intelligent, Slim Kid Tre, Sayeed, Zack De La Rocha, Jean Grae, Tragedy Khadafi, Channel Live, Dead Prez, Chuck D, Divine Styler, Last Emperor, Black Thought, P.EA.C.E.

    And to me a posse cut has to constitute more than 3 emcees, so 4 would be better

    And it doesn’t count as a posse cut if you are a 2 or 3 member group and you have a featured artist on the track

    Posse meaning deep and diverse across the board

    Otherwise I may have included this:

    Kool Moe Dee, Chuck D, KRS-1 – Rise & Shine

    Great track, but not considered a posse cut . . .

    Any more posse cuts . . .

  • VIDEOKINGnotwithstanding(fill in the blank) says:

    i was going to mention rise& shine and one for love too. but also off “panther” sdtk we can’t forget about the ladies “Freedom” and let me know what ya’ll think about this :Day One” D.I.T.C. the group itself was never fully official so that is up in the air. And dare i not forget “When We Were Kings” ATCQ, Fugees, John Forte’ and dare i say it…………….. th infamous BUSTA RHYMES. Damien if you do that discussion on who killed collabs as a guest BUSTA will probably have to be excluded from about 60% of most peoples answers. He was killin it from the early to mid-90’s. Vibin’ (remix) too Boyz to Men feat. Method man, Criag Mack, Treach & BUSTA RHYMES………

  • robbie says:

    My #1 has to be Big Daddy Kane – Show & Prove feat. Scoob, Sauce, Shyhiem, Jay Z & ODB

  • mavrek says:

    did yall miss EPMD, Headbanger? how about the Kotix posse cut featuring half of the Texas underground?

  • Damien says:

    Mav – they’re both on there

  • VIDEOKINGnotwithstanding(fill in the blank) says:

    this is just a real good topic

  • Good looks on Dont Curse (Heavy D, BDK…), here are a few more that could’ve gotten a mention:

    Big Daddy Kane ft. Busta Rhymes & Q-Tip – Come On Down

    Talib Kweli, Mos Def, Busta, Jay-Z, Kanye West – Get By (Remix)

    Preemo, Nas, KRS-One, Rakim, Kanye West – Classic

    What about some of those eminem joints (i know i know classic white boy shout out, but what can i say hahah)

  • Damn, y’all are going to think i’m some sorta kanye stan, but what about this way by dilated ft. john legend and mr. west?

  • mavrek says:

    how about the Bahamadia joint 3 the Hard Way?

  • DBDR says:

    I stand by my complaint regarding The Grand Finale not being included, ditto for Bring it On.

    And for that “guest shot” list, Damien is going to pull about 80 Busta Rhymes appearances, guaranteed.

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  • Jerry says:

    “The Anthem” Sway & King Tech FT ….EVERYBODY…lol (RZA, Eminem, Tech N9ne, Xzibit, Pharoahe Monch, Jayo Felony, Chino XL, KRS-One and Kool G. Rap.)

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