The 50 Greatest Bay Area Rap Songs

1. Luniz "I Got 5 on It/I Got 5 on it Remix"

Year: 1995
Produced By: Tone Capone
Album: Operation Stackola
Label: Noo Trybe Records
Luniz - "I Got 5 On It"

Luniz f/ Too Short, Richie Rich, & E-40 - "I Got 5 On It (Remix)"

Few beats are so inextricably linked to a specific drug in the way that this song's sample of Club Nouveau's "Why You Treat Me So Bad" makes you think immediately of weed—something that made it an odd choice in more recent years, when Diddy sampled it for a heartfelt R&B collabo with R. Kelly, "Satisfy You." A remix featuring every rapper from the Bay Area who mattered at the time—Richie Rich, E-40, Dru Down, Spice 1, and Shock G, but not Too $hort, for he and Yukmouth had a long-standing beef—would be even more popular than the original in The Bay. This is a shame, because Yukmouth and Numskull really get in-depth on the topic of weed smoking etiquette on this track, with the mellifluous Mike Marshall hook as the icing on the cake—there's a lesson in here for everyone. This song was also wildly popular outside of the Bay Area, which is atypical of most Bay rappers' stories (you may have noticed this). Not only did Numskull and Yukmouth bump Michael Jackson from the top of the U.S. charts with this ode to going Dutch on a ten-sack, they also topped the charts in many European countries.

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