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The Art of Storytelling: 10 Dope Rap/Hip-Hop Songs With A Tale to Tell

If there’s one aspect of the rap/hip-hop genre that I appreciate the most, it’s the art of storytelling. I enjoy listening to street poets waxing eloquent about real or fictionalized situations. I’m always glued to every word that a rapper says once he/she weaves a tale about any topic they please. Once Slick Rick opens his mouth, images of a troubled young man and illegal activity race around inside my head.

I love reading a good book with an enriching message to relay. And it’s always worth listening to ill rappers who can make simple stories turn into enthralling accounts of the streets or beyond. The songs I’m about to showcase here are great examples of this.

Here are 10 awesome rap/hip-hop storytelling songs. Get your jammies on, kids. These people got some stories to tell:


10. “The Good, The Bad, The Ugly” – The Game

The Game doesn’t give a damn about the good cop/bad cop routine. He’s sticking to his story, regardless of the trouble he may get himself into.


9. “Little Weapon” – Lupe Fiasco

Lupe takes us into the mind of a child rebel who’s a living weapon.


8. “I Used To Love H.E.R.” – Common

Chi-Town’s greatest MC (in my opinion) changed the world with this metaphoric tale of the art form he loves like a girlfriend.


7.  “Boyz N Da Hood” – Eazy-E

The intro with Eazy’s boys, the unmistakable beat and Eazy’s retelling of his typical LA day make this one of the greatest.


6. “Just A Friend” – Biz Markie

Biz let his guard down for a beautiful woman. He shouldn’t have done that in the first place…


5. “Stan” – Eminem

The tale of a crazed fan, as told by the illustrious Eminem.


4. “It Was A Good Day” – Ice Cube

Cube’s day turned out to be less hectic than usual. Peaceful Los Angeles sounds incredible.


3. “Da Art of Storytellin’ Part 1” – Outkast

Our favorite ATLiens lay down a memorable track about a pair of shady ladies.


2. “Warning” – The Notorious B.I.G.

Biggie let us know how hard it is to make it big and make it out of the hood. Everyone’s coming for his neck, but he’s ready.


1. “Children’s Story” – Slick Rick

Bow down to the ruler of all storytelling rap songs.


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About the Author


Elton Jones (no relation to the guy who sings "Bennie and The Jets") is a huge fan of rap, hip-hop and R&B. His favorite artists range from golden era rap crews such as A Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul, to today's current rap stars like Big Sean and Kendrick Lamar. Elton appreciates every facet of the urban music genre and follows the major developments that are made within the industry. Elton obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Saint Augustine's College in 2010. With his degree in hand, he now looks to make a lasting impact in the world of music journalism. He also hopes to attend a SXSW and Rock The Bells concert someday.

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