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Published on December 18th, 2019 | by Lydia Brooks

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Best Hip Hop Songs In The Tony Hawk Games (part 2)

Nas – The World Is Yours: Tony Hawk’s Underground

Nas was just twenty years old when his debut album, Illmatic, came out. Simply putting out a record at such an age is impressive enough, but every track on it is pure fire. Neversoft was smart enough to include The World Is Yours on the series’ fifth mainline entry.

Had any other song from the same album been there instead, it still would have made it onto the list. Nas hasn’t recaptured the same magic on later records, but having one phenomenal album is more than most other people can ever say.

Living Legends – Moving At The Speed Of Life: Tony Hawk’s Project 8

Tony Hawk’s Project 8 was the only good sixth generation game of the series. It all went downhill afterward. As the last fun entry, it still delivered a nice soundtrack with a solid mix recognizable hits and hidden gems.

Living Legends are an underground hip hop supergroup, and Moving at the Speed of Life showcases all the MCs’ skills. True to its title, the rhymes are lightning-fast, but the groove is simultaneously laid back, giving the tune a unique vibe.

The High And Mighty – B-Boy Document 99: Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2

The first game’s soundtrack mostly consisted of rock tunes, so it was nice to see the sequel diversify its tracklist more with hip hop. They didn’t strive for the biggest hits of time, instead going for more underground sensations.

This is no better exemplified than with The High and Mighty’s B-Boy Document 99, which also features Mos Def. While “Hands On Experience Pt.II” is a better song from the same record, its lyrical content would have made its inclusion impossible in a rated T game.

Sugarhill Gang – Rapper’s Delight: Tony Hawk’s Underground 2

Rapper’s Delight was one of the first hip-hop tunes to introduce the genre to a more mainstream audience. Before the days of sampling, a band had to play the loop over and over again for the entire fifteen-minute track without error.

While some of the text is quaint by today’s standards, the record’s influence cannot be mistaken. Besides, the groove is still a blast for dancing. Given the series’ affinity for the genre, it made sense to include this iconic track eventually.

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