Hip Hop turned 45 on Saturday (August 11) and to commemorate the occasion, Mass Appeal got Nas and Dave East to name their Top 5 Hip Hop songs ever in a new segment called “Mass Appeal Brain Trust.”
Nas, who co-owns Mass Appeal, rattled off his favorites in a short video clip. His picks included Public Enemy’s “Rebel Without A Pause,” Eric B. & Rakim’s “Eric B Is President,” Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock’s “It Takes Two,” Slick Rick’s “La-Di-Da” and Run-DMC’s “Sucka MCs.”
East, on the other hand, had a tougher time choosing his Top 5. He managed to name Nas’ “I Gave You Power,” Beanie Sigel “Look At Me Now,” Eminem’s “Stan,” Styles P’s entire Gangster & A Gentleman album and Styles P’s Phantom Ghost Menace mixtape.
The Mass Appeal Braintrust is a panel of experts tasked to curate the 45 greatest Hip Hop songs of all time.
Fans are able to drop their nominations for the Mass Appeal Brain Trust committee and their song selections for #HipHop45 consideration here.
Watch the Nas clip up top.