Public Enemy a hero to most in hip-hop top 10
We have no idea what VH1 is thinking, since it has just released a list of the greatest 100 hip-hop songs ever, and Run-DMC's Christmas in Hollis isn't at the top. Public Enemy's Fight the Power is, however, so we can't argue with that (except to wonder where Can't Truss It and Miuzi Weighs a Ton is).
Sugar Hill Gang's Rapper's Delight, the Old Testament of rap songs, comes in at No. 2, followed by the unfortunate evolution of the genre in Dr. Dre's Nuthin' but a G Thang (with a young Snoop Dogg). The Adidas-loving crew from Queens did come in at No. 4 with Walk This Way, featuring Aerosmith. Rounding out the top five is Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five's The Message. Don't push us, 'cause we're close to the edge.
Speaking of which, Salt 'N Pepa's Push It cracked the top 10, but Jay-Z and Eminem didn't, leading us to think the entire list was picked by people who went to middle school in the 80s. And where's Kurtis Blow? Those are the breaks, we guess. Other acts on the list include the Notorious B.I.G., Tupac, Biz Markie, Black Sheep and J.J. Fad.
The list comes as VH1 prepares to honor the pioneers in rap once again as part of its annual Hip-Hop Honors show, the AP reports, which this year celebrates Slick Rick, De La Soul, Cypress Hill, Naughty by Nature and Too Short. That show airs Oct. 6, which still isn't enough time to figure out what in the world happened to Flavor Flav.