The 50 Best Storytelling Rap Songs

30. A Tribe Called Quest "8 Million Stories" (1993)

Album: Midnight Marauders
Producer: Skeff Anselm
Label: Jive/BMG

Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest was really having the worst day on Midnight Marauders' "8 Million Stories." In the course of one afternoon, he: gets robbed, burns a hole in an outfit he's ironing to wear on a date, takes his brother to a toy store to find a toy it turns out they don't have, gets robbed again, and then gets stood up for his date. And that's all in the first verse! After the chorus he tells us about a nagging, materialistic girlfriend he's trying to get rid of, an ill-timed weed purchase that wins him a trip to the police statement, and, believe it or not, a third robbery. Ughh! Worst luck ever!

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