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    Pharaohe Monch - "Simon Says"

    It almost feels redundant including Pharaoh Monche's classic in this list—it is the ultimate in pulse-raising, lip-curling magnificence, and if you don't know that you've been under a soundproof rock for the last two decades. "Simon Says" is the song that inspires lists like these, and you know it from the opening notes: massive horns give way to Monche's rallying cry to "get tha fack ahp!"

    It's nasty, grimy, unapologetic rap that could raise the dead. If this doesn't put a sneer on your face, seek help.