'The Message' by Grandmaster Flash, deemed greatest hip hop song ever

The message

They included musician Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson of The Roots, who Brackett described as "an incredible encyclopedia" of both old and new hip hop knowledge. Brackett noted that some songs considered to be one-hitwonders, such as Audio Two's 1988 hit "Top Billin'," made the final selection.

"The references in those songs become the building blocks of all these other songs down the road ... they become touchstones, really part of the meat of hip hop songs going forward," Brackett said.

The full list will be released online at RollingStone.com and in the pop culture magazine on newsstands on Dec.7. The issue will feature four different covers of Eminem, Jay-Z, Notorious B.I.G. and 2Pac.

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