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If you’re like me, you often miss the simplicity of old school rap. Raw rhymes over dope beats pushed the genre forward into depths previously undiscovered during the 1990’s. Artists like  N.W.A., Notorious B.I.G., Tupac, Nas, Jay Z and others peeled back the more socially acceptable lyrics and song content and revealed a grittiness that rocketed hip hop into new depths. I came across this article on hotnewhiphop.com listing the ‘5 Best Storytelling Rap Songs from the 90’s’. Check it out and let us know what you think!

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Via | HotNewHipHop

From Biggie’s “I Got A Story To Tell” to Ice Cube’s “Today Was a Good Day”.

Storytelling is the second oldest profession, after prostitution. As the oral tradition evolved, it reached new heights in ’90s hip hop, an era that place an emphasis on lyricism — ideally #bars not for the sake of #bars, but #bars for the sake of humor, drama, or social critique.

Obviously, tough decisions were made as we whittled this list down to five. Do you agree with our choices? Check out our honorable mentions below and click through the gallery for the top five storytelling rap songs of the ’90s.

Honorable Mention

Geto Boys – “Mind Playing Tricks On Me”

Jay Z – “Friend or Foe”

Mobb Deep – “More Trife Life”

Notorious B.I.G.  – “Niggas Bleed”

Notorious B.I.G. – “Warning”

Click [here] to see the list!