The 50 Best Debut Rap Singles

41. Tim Dog "Fuck Compton" (1991)

Producer: Ced Gee
Album: Penicillin on Wax
Label: Ruffhouse

The East Coast/West Coast beef had its roots in a number of different places, but Tim Dog's "Fuck Compton" was the first to unapologetically launch into musical warfare. He had a point; New York had been overshadowed nationally by the commercial success of the West Coast in the early '90s, and record labels were flocking to Los Angeles to see if they could replicate the runaway success of N.W.A. It was Tim Dog's arrogance and imperiousness that made the record so important; it may not have charted, but it definitely provoked a reaction, inspiring return fire from Compton's Most Wanted, DJ Quik, Dre, Snoop, Tweedy Bird Loc, and others. The song marked the beginning of the East Coast hardcore revival that wouldn't really take hold until the emergence of Wu-Tang a couple years later, when street rap gained a foothold on both sides of the map. Rest in peace Tim Dog. - David Drake

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