1991 - Ego Trip’s Top 40 Rap Singles

A snapshot of 1991’s best loved single releases, borrowing the top 40 list from the rap nerd’s bible that is Ego Trip‘s Book of Rap Lists:

1. Geto Boys: Mind Playing Tricks on Me” (Rap-a-Lot)
2. A Tribe Called Quest: “Check the Rhime” (Jive)
3. Naughty by Nature: “O.P.P.” (Tommy Boy)
4. Public Enemy: “Shut ‘em Down (Pete Rock Remix)” (Def Jam)
5. Cypress Hill: “How I Could Just Kill a Man” (Ruffhouse)
6. Brand Nubian: “Slow Down” (Elektra)
7. Main Source: “Just Hangin’ Out”/“Live at the Barbeque” (Wild Pitch)
8. DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince: “Summertime” (Jive)
9. Brand Nubian: “All for One” (Elektra)
10. Ed O.G. & da Bulldogs: “I Got to Have It” (PWL)
11. MC Breed: “Ain’t No Future in Yo’ Frontin’” (Ichiban)
12. EPMD featuring L.L. Cool J: “Rampage” (Def Jam)
13. Nice & Smooth: “Hip Hop Junkies” (Fresh)
14. Black Sheep: “Flavor of the Month” (Mercury)
15. De La Soul: “Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey)” (Tommy Boy)
16. Ice Cube: “Steady Mobbin’”/“No Vaseline” (Priority)
17. Leaders of the New School: “Sobb Story” (Elektra)
18. Compton’s Most Wanted: “Growin’ Up in the Hood” (Orpheus)
19. Tim Dog: “Fuck Compton” (Ruffhouse)
20. Digital Underground featuring 2Pac: “Same Song” (Tommy Boy)
21. AMG: “Jiggable Pie” (Select)
22. MC Lyte: “Poor Georige” (First Priority)
23. Ed O.G. & da Bulldogs: “Be a Father to Your Child” (PWL)
24. WC & the MAAD Circle: “Dress Code” (Priority)
25. Gang Star: “Step in the Arena”/ “Check the Technique”(Chrysalis)
26. Poor Righteous Teachers: “Shakiyla” (Profile)
27. De La Soul featuring Q-Tip: “A Rollerskating Jam Named ‘Saturdays’” (Tommy Boy)
28. Leaders of the New School: “Case of the P.T.A.” (Elektra)
29. K.M.D.: “Nitty Gritty (Remix)”/“Plumskinzz” (Elektra)
30. Del tha Funkee Homosapien: “Sleepin’ on My Couch” (Elektra)
31. K-Solo: “Fugitive” (Atlantic)
32. Eric B. & Rakim: “Mahogany” (MCA)
33. Kool G Rap & DJ Polo: “Bad to the Bone” (Cold Chillin’)
34. AMG: “Bitch Betta Have My Money” (Select)
35. D-Nice: “25 ta Life” (Jive)
36. DJ Quik: “Tonight” (Profile)
37. Special Ed: “Come on, Let’s Move It” (Profile)
38. Ice-T: “O.G. Original Gangster”/“Bitches 2” (Sire)
39. K.M.D.: “Who Me?” (Elektra)
40. Raw Fusion: “Throw Your Hands in the Air”/“Do My Thang” (Hollywood BASIC)

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