83. Jungle Brothers "Beyond This World" (1989)
Producer: Jungle Brothers
Album: Done by the Forces of Nature
Label: Warner Bros.
"Round and round, upside down/Living my life underneath the ground/Never heard from and hardly seen." Baby Bam might have been alluding more to racial-identity formation than to artistic ethos, but his opening lines rang true to struggling rappers as a defense of creative integrity and underdog pride. This track is as raw as it gets.