Nas Names His Favorite Songs From Hip Hop’s “Golden Age”

In the May 22 edition of Rolling Stone magazine, the publication asked several music artists to name some of their favorite songs from special playlists. One of the stars that participated in the feature was Nas.

The emcee’s selections were all tapped from Hip Hop’s “Golden Age” of the 1980′s. Not surprisingly, the majority of the songs were released in 1988 - a quintessential year in the history of the culture.

“Hip Hop has had so many golden ages, but I picked the Eighties,” said the Queens, New York legend. “That’s when it turned from rock-sounding, disco-sounding s**t to the essence of rap.”

Check out Nas’ list of favorite 80′s Hip Hop songs below.

1. Public Enemy – “Rebel Without a Pause”  (1988)
2. Eric B. & Rakim – “My Melody” (1987)
3. Run-DMC – “My Adidas” (1986)
4. EPMD – “It’s My Thing” (1988)
5. Doug E. Fresh & Slick Rick – “The Show” (1985)
6. Big Daddy Kane – “Ain’t No Half -Steppin’” (1988)
7. De La Soul – “Plug Tunin’” (1988)
8. Slick Rick – “Hey Young World” (1988)
9. Dana Dane – “Nightmares” (1987)
10. Queen Latifah feat. Monie Love – “Ladies First” (1989)