Storytime Mix: The Top 25 Hip Hop Storytelling Songs

Storytelling is a necessary skill for any great emcee to have. Without visuals, it takes a lot of talent to paint a picture and tell a story by only using words (especially when they have to rhyme). There is a story song on almost every album, but in my opinion, these are the top 25 storytelling songs:

Storytelling Mix: The Top 25 Hip Hop Storytelling Songs

25 songs, 1 hour 55 minutes, STREAMING/DOWNLOAD LINKS BELOW


25. Glen Close by Binary Star: In this song One Be Lo recounts the story of his problems with his crazy ass ex. He learns a valuable lesson in the end though.

24. Sweetest Way To Die by Vakill: Vakill is criminally slept on, and this song showcases his storytelling skills. He paints the picture of a graffiti writer deciding how to escape the law.

23. Shakey Dog by Ghostface Killah: Ghostface’s vocabulary makes for any good storytelling song. I know this one is recent, but it’s still my favorite storytelling song by Tony Starks. It’s funny as hell too. If only the sequel was this good.

22. Hellucination by Smif-N-Wessun: What a mesmerizing beat. Tek and Steele tell the story of how a normal day with them trying to get paid turned into a crazy adventure with shootings and crooked cops. And of course, this being Smif-N-Wessun, they’re smoking weed throughout the whole story.

21. Them That’s Not by J-Live: J-Live is another underrated storyteller. In Them That’s Not he tells the story of a mediocre emcee who had a hit single and tried to create a career for himself. But emcees need to be talented, and them that’s not don’t last in this industry. The beat cleverly goes with the lyrics too. My favorite story of an emcee’s rise and fall in the fickle rap game.

20. I Seen A Man Die by Scarface: On this song, Scarface tells the story of a young man just getting out of prison. As he struggles with living clean, he eventually turns back to the streets, and encounters the grim reaper.

19. Renee by Lost Boyz: What a sad story. Right when love was found it was taken…this is not your average Hip Hop ballad.

18. Casualties Of A Dice Game by Big L: Big L tells the story of how a dice game escalated into a beef. It’s complete with shootouts and betrayal.

17. Mr. Big by Eightball & M.J.G.: Eightball tells the story of a character on his way to becoming Mr. Big. But will he make it?

16. Uncommon Valor (feat. RA The Rugged Man) by Jedi Mind Tricks: Heres a unique storytelling song. It’s about Vietnam. What’s really interesting about this one is that RA The Rugged Man’s amazing verse is actually the true story of his father. For more information check out this interview. Amazing song and story

15. My Summer Vacation by Ice Cube: Ice Cube tells the story of how he moved to St. Louis for the summer to try to take over. It didn’t turn out too well…

14. I’m Gonna Kill You by Juggaknots: Breezly Brewin is such a sick emcee. I got no problem saying he has the most hypnotic flow of all time. On this great song, he tells the story of how he was threatened by his girl’s ex.

13. One Day by Jeru The Damaja: Jeru was another great storyteller, and in this unique track he combines a dope story with a deep metaphor.

12. Blowjob Betty by Too Short: Too Short is one of the funniest storytellers. This song here is a perfect example.

11. N***** Bleed by The Notorious B.I.G.: Biggie was so descriptive in his songs that you could actually see what was going on. This is just a classic tale of his.

10. Just A Friend by Biz Markie: This is arguably the most commercially successful Hip Hop storytelling song. And Biz does speak the truth, so listen closely fellas.

9. Soulja’s Story by 2Pac: Pac could really describe emotions and moods. Take this song for example, you could really hear the desperation in the soulja’s voice.

8. Boyz N Da Hood by Eazy-E: What a long and crazy story by Eazy. It’s not all that focused, and it’s really a couple of stories jumbled into one, but he still kills it.

7. Dance With The Devil by Immortal Technique: This is definitely the most haunting story on the list. Immortal Technique is a sick fuck. I’m sure most of you have heard it, but if you haven’t, it’s the story of a lost youth trying to prove himself.

6. Love’s Gonna Getcha (Material Love) by Boogie Down Productions: KRS-One was another great storyteller. In this song he tells the story of a young man who’s desire for material objects and money led to his downfall.

5. Warning by The Notorious B.I.G.: This is my favorite story song by Biggie. The sound effects and the whole story are just perfect. This is how stories should be told.

4. Stan by Eminem: Maybe this song is the most clever one on the list. Say what you want about Eminem, and I’m not a big fan, but this song is fucking amazing.

3. Undying Love by Nas: Nas is so descriptive with his lyrics. He can really paint a picture, and in this song he tells the story of him and his unfaithful girl.

2. La Di Da Di (Live Version) by Slick Rick & Doug E. Fresh: And now, the greatest storyteller of all time…Slick Rick. I had to include the live version to capture their energy. The greatest storyteller of all time on the lyrics and the greatest Hip Hop entertainer of all time on the beat? Certified classic.

1. Children’s Story by Slick Rick: Best storytelling song of all time. Without this, 25-2 would have sucked. Rick paved the way.

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12 Responses to “Storytime Mix: The Top 25 Hip Hop Storytelling Songs”

  1. 1 Graham
    May 3, 2008 at 12:22 am

    nice. you’ve got my favorite storytelling song of all time, my favorite KRS one song of all time, and a top 10 hip hop song of all time on this mix.

    great concept, can’t wait to listen.

  2. 2 baydestrian
    May 3, 2008 at 6:22 pm

    this is some sick chit!!!!

  3. May 3, 2008 at 11:42 pm

    Yeah man…You put in work on this joint here..excellent post..

    peep us ova at dotgotit.blogspot.com

  4. May 4, 2008 at 12:26 am

    Maaaaan, you beat me to the punch. I’ve been meaning to do a WYDU Classic with story telling songs (not necessarily the best). Actually looking at my list, I would have to include a couple that you don’t include, such as Ice T’s “Six In The Morning” or “Millie Pulled A Pistol On Santa” by De La. Props on including “Glen Close”, that definitely would have been in my list. Great post. And no worries on “spamming”, feel free to advertise things anytime on my c-box.

  5. 5 mashpg
    May 4, 2008 at 12:30 am

    thanks for the feedback ya’ll. and ay trav, i’m probably not the first to do this. i’m sure you and the WYDU crew could put together a dope list…and ya’ll have waaay more readers than me. trust me though, there are so many great story telling songs, it’s hard to narrow them down. thanks for checking it out though, and hopefully one day my blog will get to the point where (like yours) i won’t have to advertise it on others. peace.

  6. 6 bbballboy90225
    May 5, 2008 at 1:45 am

    there’s totally a special spot in my heart for some good story telling songs
    i did i brief post about them on my own spot: http://www.musicalessence.wordpress.com, but certainly didn’t mix them. all the picks on here are dope, look forward to hearing the mix (currently dl’ing)
    keep up the good work! 🙂

  7. May 10, 2008 at 2:52 am

    great picks Mash…I am listening to the new mix now

  8. 8 ---Supreme-G.R.E.A.M---
    August 10, 2008 at 10:15 am

    I am ruing at the state of Hip Hop in my country Kenya where people dont tell tales and if they do, its shallow dim witted shit that has made lots of folks here hate rap. I will be doing a piece about it soon. I stumbled on this while doing abit of a research on it. Thank you for the trax. By the way, I think Rewind and Blaze A 50 by Nas are also dope and deep stories.

  9. 9 endz
    October 19, 2008 at 10:37 pm

    Hey u forgot Killah priest

  10. 10 ThePrince
    November 22, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    Thanks, ive been lookin for something like this.

  11. 11 mk ultra
    July 3, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    i heard this mixtape on a torrent site here is the link

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