The 50 Best Storytelling Rap Songs

34. Boogie Down Productions "9 mm Goes Bang" (1987)

Album: Criminal Minded
Producer: DJ Scott La Rock, KRS-One & Partner Lee Smith
Label: B-Boy Records

"9mm Goes Bang," off B.D.P.'s 1987 debut Criminal Minded, is a gritty yarn about the spontaneous murder of a crack dealer named Peter, and KRS-One's ace handling of the aftermath. He lays low for a week after the shooting, but he does so at home, which is the first place his victim's crew would think to look for him. They come calling as expected, and KRS kills them. "9mm Goes Bang" is notable for being one of the early incorporations of dancehall vocal phrasings and patois into hip-hop, and its chorus of "Wa da da dang/Wa da da da dang" has been reused and reinterpreted by scores of rappers over the years.

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