The 50 Best Storytelling Rap Songs

46. 8Ball & MJG "Armed Robbery" (1993)

Album: Comin' Out Hard
Producer: Tony Draper
Label: Suave House RecordsWith its perfect, scene-setting Mission Impossible sample, "Armed Robbery," is a classic example of Dirty-South storytelling. Packed with rapid-fire details, 8Ball ultimately pulls off the caper, as the song turns from gritty realism to escapist fantasy. He makes it to the hills of Jamaica and buys palace "with a hundred rooms", but not before being struck in the head by a Fed's billy club. It would later inspire a sequel, on their 1999 reunion album In Our Lifetime, Vol. 1 with their friends Gillie da Kid, Toni Hickman, and Thorough of South Circle coming along for the ride.

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