Bone Thugs-N-Harmony’s “Crossroads” at # 1
“Keep On, Keepin ‘On” by MC Lyte with Xscape (From Sunset Park) at n ° 18
Depending on your age, high school was either a very long time ago or a recent memory. Either way, just looking back on those days opens up a lot of memories. Whether it’s getting good grades or needing a study buddy to help with wrestling, joining extracurricular activities or becoming a team player in a sport, going from strength to strength. time with friends or to relax at parties, there are a lot of precious moments. Music plays a role in serving as the soundtrack for times like this, especially hip-hop. With the growth of the genre over the past 25 years, many hip-hop songs have retained many high school memories. As students rock their caps and gowns to graduate in June, XXL documents the best hip-hop songs (according to the Billboard Hot 100) from the year you graduated from high school, specifically from 1996 to 2021.
The late 1990s were a good time for hip-hop, as anyone who was in their teens at the time can attest. At the beginning of June 1996, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony“Crossroads” was the nation’s No. 1 song on the Billboard Hot 100. The track dedicated to the band’s late friends, including Eazy-E, resonated with listeners for its moving voice, becoming the most debutant rap single at the time of its release. The Hot 100’s second hip-hop song in early June was MC Lyte“Keep On, Keepin ‘On” with Xscape (from Sunset Park) at No. 18.
A year later, in 1997, Bad Boy Records, founded by Diddy, and with the great deceased The notorious BIG as the main rapper, dominated the airwaves. Biggie’s timeless single “Hypnotize” was the No. 4 song in the country, and Diddy’s “Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down” with the youngest responsible for Bad Boy, My $ e, was at # 15. That sums up the era perfectly, like legendary record label music everywhere, and rightly so. These songs are etched in the memories of many eras of rap fans and undoubtedly trumped many high school events.
The South has been on a wild ride when it comes to the relevance of rap, and that was true a long time ago, even in 2006. In early June of that year, Chamillionaireof “Ridin ‘” with Krazyie bone was the most popular song on the Hot 100, and Lil jon“Snap Yo Fingers” by E-40 and Sean Paul (of YoungbloodZ fame) was just a few spots down at No.7. Chamillionaire was a Houston mixtape legend before he even took off commercially, and when it was time to shine, “Ridin ‘” became unavoidable. Then, as far as Lil Jon is concerned, he is one of the most important producers in the history of rap. The influence of the Crunk King is still felt in hip-hop (and beyond) nowadays. “Snap Yo Fingers” tracing so well and being so big 15 years ago is just another glimpse at how important Lil Jon was to the southern rise of mainstream hip-hop.
Check out the list below to find your favorite high school jams or for those that were before your time. Here are the best hip-hop songs from the year you graduated from high school.