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Published on November 8th, 2019 | by Lydia Brooks

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Best Hip Hop Songs In The Tony Hawk Games (part 1)

The old Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater games are timeless classics. Even though their graphics are quaint, the gameplay holds up like a fine wine. The series’ downfall is tragic, but fans will always have eight incredible titles to play. One of the best aspects of the series is its licensed music.

Neversoft always picked the best of the best form a variety of genres to include on their releases. The following list will focus on the hip hop selections, highlighting the 10 best tracks. Given the sheer amount of heaters on each game’s soundtrack, it was virtually impossible to include everyone’s personal favorites.

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2: Anthrax And Public Enemy – Bring The Noise

This song is the second version recorded. The original was a more straightforward hip hop jam, but a couple of years later Anthrax approached Public Enemy about doing a heavy metal interpretation, and the collaboration arguably kick-started a new sub-genre of hip hop and rap.

It gets on the list for more than its relevance, however. The song rocks as hard as it grooves, making it perfect for ripping up lines at a school or hangar

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3 – If You Must

Those unaware of this artist and his tune before Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3 must have been mighty perplexed by the bizarre lyrics present in “If You Must.” One rarely expects rappers to espouse the virtues of good hygiene.

Despite the strange subject matter, he manages to pull off an impressive flow set behind a catchy beat. It’s also great advice for skaters, who are undoubtedly sweaty and smelly after a long day of skating.

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4: NWA – Express Yourself

The fourth mainline game was the first one to free players from the confines of a two-minute time limit. Instead, levels were significantly larger and objectives were triggered by talking to NPCs.

With the bigger scope came a larger, more varied setlist. N.W.A.’s “Express Yourself” was one of the classics put on the tracklist. The song features a surprisingly positive rap for the group and is a far cry from the music Dr. Dre would start producing just a couple of years later.

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