10 Best Angry Rap Songs
When talking about the 10 best angry rap songs it is important to keep in mind that for a rap song to qualify for this list we can't just be talking about some kid pretending to be hard. He can't be angry because his woman was seeing someone else. When we talk about the best angry rap songs we are talking about the artists being angry for an actual reason. Without further ado, here are the 10 best angry rap songs ever.
- "By the Time I Get to Arizona" - Public Enemy. The best angry rap song out there partly because Chuck D and Flavor Flav laid down a great beat. Also a great song because it truly expressed the outrage and anger the group felt about Arizona no longer recognizing Martin Luther King Jr. day as a state holiday. The state has since rectified that, and there is little doubt this song played some part in that.
- "F*ck the Police" - N.W.A. There are plenty of angry songs by NWA. Heck even their name suggests anger. This song was originally cast as nothing more than disrespectful but if you actually listen to the lyrics you begin to realize that there is some deep-seated anger towards police in their neighborhood thanks to heavy handed and outright illegal approaches by law enforcement.
- "Can't Truss It" - Pubic Enemy. You'll notice the top of this list is dominated by Public Enemy and NWA and there's a reason for that. Public Enemy was one of the best groups ever at getting out a real message and making it catchy to boot. Can't Truss It is simply the group stating that they don't trust the white establishment of the time.
- "Straight Outta Compton" - NWA. Another song from NWA that is somewhat braggadocios but at the same time talks about how hard life is in that area of California.
- "1 Million Bottlebags" - Public Enemy. Yep, Public Enemy one more time. This song is about the artists' disgust with the alcohol abuse problem in the black community and how their neighborhoods were seemingly set up to increase, rather than ease the problem.
- "Cop Killer" - Ice Tea. The song wasn't actually that great, but the message behind it was important. Ice Tea raps about wanting to kill cops because of all the terrible things he's seen them do. This song was in the middle of quite the controversy in its day.
- "The Message" – Grandmaster Flash. One of the earlier rap songs that did not sound nearly as angry as the lyrics. You really had to listen to the song before you realized he was talking about the decay of black neighborhoods among others.
- "AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted/The Nigga You Love To Hate" – Ice Cube. Perhaps it is not surprising that Ice Cube made one of the best angry songs around, considering he was once a member of NWA.
- "Mosh" - Eminem. Mosh was a statement about Eminem's anger at what the American Government had become. Specifically, it showed his extreme dislike of George W. Bush and the Iraq war.
- "Stronger" - Kanye West. While the song was upbeat in tone, the lyrics demonstrated West's anger at being constantly criticized by the media and others.