The legendary posse cut. 4 or more of your favourite emcees jumping in on one song, all trying to outshine each other. To me posse cuts are like the pinnacle of a great rap album, the main event so to speak. You know the old saying, “nobody wants to be out-shined on their own song”, so the posse cut was like the ultimate test for showcasing rhyme skills side by side.
A hip-hop track in which four or more artists rap.
For this post I want to present what I consider to be the 40 greatest posse cuts of all time. You can give us your favourites in the comments section at the end.
The criteria for this list is that all the songs must feature mc’s or more, preferably from at least 2 different rap group. I’ll make an exception for Wu Tang solo joints featuring other Wu members but not Wu Tang group albums. Wu Tang Clan would need a top 20 list all their own, but It wouldn’t be right to leave them out of this one entirely.
40. Craig Mack – Flava In Ya Ear (1994)
Ft: Biggie, LL Cool J, Busta Rhymes and Rampage
Craig Mack’s 1994 smash hit “Flava In Ya Ear” was a hugely popular solo track that became a posse cut when it received the remix treatment, adding Biggie, LL Cool J, Busta Rhymes
39. Tommy Tee – World Renown (1999)
Ft: AG, Large Professor, Mike Zoot, Pete Rock
Back in 1999, Norwegian record producer, Tommy Tee, assembled some of hip hop’s royalty for a Guesswhyld project. This quality posse cut with it’s steller production also has some classic record sleeve artwork by the talented Skam2 making it a nice collectable piece of 12″ vinyl.
38. MC Ren –
Mr Fuck Up (1993)
Ft: Rocc, Grinch, Bone and Ren’s brother Juvenile
In 1993, N.W.A legend MC Ren, dropped his most controversial album to date, the
37. Mobb Deep – Eye For An Eye (1995)
Ft. Havoc, Prodigy, Nas and Raekwon
We couldn’t have a posse cuts list without throwing in one from the Infamous Mobb Deep. Legend has it that Nas actually recorded two versions of his verse for the track but I doubt the lost verse will ever surface.
36. Penthouse Players Clique – Trust No Bitch (1992)
Ft: DJ Quik, Playa Hamm, Eazy E & AMG
Absolutely love Penthouse Players, “Paid The Cost”. Their one and only album from 1992. The production from DJ Quik and DJ Battlecat was on point, and of course you couldn’t have a Ruthless records joint without Eazy E dropping a verse or two, which he did on the albums posse cut, “Trust No Bitch”. An ode to scandalous females everywhere. The album was also another opportunity for DJ Quik to let off hard on the East coast’s rap scene, particularly the South Bronx. A diss aimed straight at Tim Dog no doubt
35. Too Short – The Dangerous Crew (1993)
Ft: Too Short, Pee Wee, Spice 1, Ant Banks & Mhisani
Too Short’s 1993 album, Get In Where you fit in, showcased Short’s Dangerous Crew. A collective of Oakland emcees and live musicians;Shorty B on the bass and drums, Pee-Wee on keyboards, drums and guitar, and Ant Banks on keyboards, drums, programming and mixing. The rappers consisted of Too Short, Goldy, FM Blue, Dangerous Dame, Rappin’ Ron, Ant Diddley Dog, Spice 1 and Father Dom. This posse cut featuring Pee Wee, Spice 1, Ant Banks and Mhisani, made great use of Funkadelics “Freak of The week”, Just like Digital Underground had done 2 years earlier with “Heartbeat Props”, only this time Ant Banks turned the funk up a notch more.
34. Venomous2000 – The Most Efficient (2011)
Ft: Venomous 2000, Cymarshall Law, John Robinson, El Da Sensei
I’ve been a Venomous fan since 2013, but I must confess I was a latecomer to this posse cut. I have to say Scottish Beatmaker SciFi Stu killed it with the production here, El Da Sensei has never sounded so good……Quality!
33. N’Matez – Trajical (2012)
Ft: Lady Of Rage, RBX, Daz & Kurupt
It’s been over 20 years since the fall of the mighty Death Row records, but the Death Row N’Matez, Daz, Kurupt, Rage and the Narrator RBX demonstrate why the O.G’s are still untouchable. Just listen to the Lady of Rage, as she almost explodes!!!!
32. RUN DMC – Down With The King (1993)
Ft: RUN, CL Smooth, D.M.C & Pete Rock
This RUN DMC classic received heavy airplay back in the day. The music video was so epic and featured cameos from, Redman, Kris Kross, Jermaine Dupri, Onyx, Salt-n-Pepa, KRS-One, EPMD, A Tribe Called Quest, Kid Capri, Das EFX, P.M. Dawn, Naughty by Nature and even the Godfather of gangsta rap, Eazy-E. The song contains samples of Galt MacDermot’s “Where Do I Go” from the original Broadway cast recording of the rock musical Hair and Run–D.M.C.’s 1988 single “Run’s House”. Pete Rock and CL Smooth’s verses contain reused lyrics from Run DMC’s 1983 single “Sucker M.C.’s”. “Down with the King” was certified Gold by the RIAA on May 11, 1993.
31. Panther: Movie Soundtrack – The Points (1995)
Ft: Notorious B.I.G, Coolio, Doodlebug of the Digable Planets, Big Mike, Buckshot, Redman, Ill Al Skratch, Rock of Heltah Skeltah,
Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Busta Rhymes, Menace Clan / 5th Ward Boyz & Jamal
This one could potentially be the most slept on posse cut of all time, which is surprising given the magnitude of the artists featured on it. Easy Mo Bee’s version featured the Menace Clan, while DJ U-Neek’s version featured the 5th Ward Boyz.
Outkast – Mainstream (1996)
Ft: T-Mo Goodie, Andre 3000, Khujo Goodie & Big Boi
A masterpiece album wouldn’t be complete without a posse cut and the ATLantian super stars brought in a couple of East Point natives from Goodie Mob to create “Mainstream”, a dark but thought provoking song about navigating through the ghettos shark infested waters. T-Mo and Khujo Goodie are both in full “Soul Food” form with their distinctively overstated Southern slang that we all love.
29. Above The Law – Call It What You Want (1992)
Ft: 2Pac, Money B, Cold 187um, KMG
“Call It What You Want” is a classic posse cut featuring the late Tupac Shakur and Digital Underground’s Money B. The track features on Above The Law’s, “Black Mafia Life” album, and was also given an official release on 12″ single in 1992. The music video features a short cameo appearance from Eazy E and MC Ren.
28. GZA – 4th Chamber (1995)
Ft: GZA, Ghostface Killah, Killah Priest & RZA
27. South Central Cartel – The Gangsta Team (1994)
Ft: Havikk, Prodeje, 2Pac, Ice T, Mc Eiht, Spice 1
Havocc the Mouthpiece assembled some of the west coast’s dopest rappers for South Central Cartel’s, 1994 gangsta rap classic ‘N Gatz We Truss’. SCC would become known for their epic collaboration projects as they released another 2 posse cuts the following year under the “Murder Squad” moniker.
26. 2Pac – Got My Mind Made Up (1996)
Ft: 2Pac, Dat Nigga Daz, Kurupt, Redman, Method Man (
In 1996, at the height of the east coast/west coast rivalry, 2Pac dropped his momentous double album ‘All Eyes On Me’. Despite the bi-coastal beef wars, Pac brought in two heavyweights from the East, Red Man and Method Man, to add some diversity to this excellent posse cut. Death Row label mates Daz & Kurupt add the finishing touches. The original cut also contained a verse from the Wu’s Inspectah Deck.
25. Luniz – Killaz On The Payroll (1997)
Ft: Phats Bossalini, Madd Maxx, Numskull, Poppa L.Q & Yukmouth
The album may have marked the end of the Luniz/too $hort rivalry, but Yukmouth still had some choice words for Rappin 4-Tay, as he fires some heavy shots at the San Francisco legend. The Luniz hit their peak with this slept on and very infectious mafioso
24. Dr. Dre/Group Therapy – East Coast/West Coast Killas (1996)
Ft: RBX, B-Real, KRS One, Nas
Between 96 and
23. MC Serch – Back to the Grill (1992)
Ft: MC Serch, Red Hot Lover Tone, Nas, Chubb Rock
While “Live at the BBQ” goes down in history as one of the most well-known posse cuts, let’s face facts, it was all about Nas on that one. “Back to the Grill” on the other hand is more balanced out with standout performances by Serch and Chubb, not to mention it boasts a funkier beat. Still, Nas’ rhymes are still irreverent and astounding as they were “Live at the BBQ”. I mean, “waving automatic guns at nuns?” “My rhymes are hotter than a prostitute with gonorrhoea?” Goddamn, Nas killed this posse cut as well, no question about it.
22. South Central Cartel – Sowhatusayin (1995)
Ft: South Central Cartel, Ft. Jaylo Felony, MC Eiht, Treach, Sh’killa & Spice 1
Yet another epic posse cut from the “unofficial” masters of posse cuts, South Central Cartel. This one featured on the soundtrack to Russell Simmons 1995
BEST VERSE: Jayo Felony
21. Stop the Violence Movement – Self Destruction (1989)
Ft: Boogie Down Productions (KRS-One, D-Nice & Ms. Melodie), Stetsasonic (Delite, Daddy-O, Wise, and Frukwan) Kool Moe Dee, MC Lyte, Doug E. Fresh, Just-Ice, Heavy D, Public Enemy (Chuck D & Flavor Flav)
A 1988 murder during a BDP and Public Enemy concert,
20. Big L – Da Graveyard (1995)
Ft: Big L, Lord Finesse, Microphone Nut, Jay Z, Party Arty & Grand Daddy I U
“Creep through your block, fuck a
Back in the days before Hov ascended to dizzying heights of fame, he was sending emcees to the Graveyard with D.I.T.C heavyweights. R.I.P Big L.
19. Same Gang – West Coast
All Stars (1990)
Ft: King Tee, Body & Soul, Def
18. The Luniz – 5 on it – Remix (1995)
Ft: E-40, Richie, Spiice 1, Dru Down, & Shock G
There probably wasn’t a soul on earth that wasn’t familiar with the “I Got 5 On It” melody back in 95. It wasn’t long before the label would cash in on
17. 9th Wonder – Merchants of Dreams (2007)
Ft: Chaundon, Skyzoo, Torae and L.E.G.A.C.Y
When super producer, 9th Wonder isn’t making beats for his North Carolina crew, Little Brother, he’s laying the tracks for some of the dopest emcees in the game. The second installment of his Dream Merchant compilation project, released in October 2007 through
16. Marley Marl / Juice Crew – The Symphony (1988)
Ft: Masta Ace, Big Daddy Kane, Craig G, Doug E Fresh and Kool G Rap
Often touted as the benchmark that all posse cuts are measured by. The Symphony featured some of the
15. Digital Underground – Family Of The Underground (1991)
Ft: Shock G, Blocko, Mack-Mone, Kenny K, Big Stretch (Live Squad), Master Mind,
“People wanna know about the Underground, and how the
In my opinion, Shock G is the unsung melody master of hip-hop, and Digital Underground’s,’Sons Of The P’, is still one of my
14. South Central Cartel – No Peace (1995)
Ft: Prodeje, Young Prodeje, Havik,Ice-T, Powerlord JEL, Spice 1, Ant Banks, Boss & Treach
Taken from South Central Cartel’s 1995 ‘Murder Squad
13. LL Cool J – I Shot Ya (1995)
Ft. LL Cool J, Fat Joe, Foxy Brown, Keith Murray, Prodigy
This infamous LL Cool J track may have come at a time when East Coast/West Coast tension was heating up after Tupac being shot 5 times at a Times Square recording studio, but the track is allegedly aimed at Puff Daddy. LL had featured on Craig Mack’s “flavor in ya ear” remix the previous year and was due to feature on a project for Mary J Blige with Biggie and Kieth Murray guest versing. For whatever
12. Heavy D – Don’t Curse (1991)
Heavy D, Kool G Rap, Grand Puba, C.L. Smooth, Big Daddy Kane, Pete Rock, Q-Tip
I’ve never been a big fan of Heavy D, probably because I still have visions of him and the Boyz dancing around in yellow rubber rain-coats in the “Now That We Found Love” video. Still, there’s no denying he did drop a few gems, including “Don’t Curse”, which featured some major
11. D.I.T.C. Presents – South Bronx (2014)
Ft: AG, A-Bless, Tashane, Majestic Gage
South Bronx veteran and criminally
10. Main Source – Live at the Barbeque (1992)
Ft: Nas, Joe Fatal, Akinyele
Nasty Nas had his career mapped from day one and this classic from Main Source was just another opportunity for him to shine. This was also the debut track for Akinyele, who would later become known for his notoriously explicit sex rhymes.
9. Nas – Affirmative Action (1996)
Ft: AZ, Foxy Brown, & Cormega
Following the acclaim of his landmark debut album, “Illmatic”, Nas hooked up with AZ and together with Foxy Brown and Cormega, planned to form a super-group that would tap into the popularity of the mafioso rap genre of the
8. FTP Movement – Wrath Of The Siafu (2013)
Ft: Zayd Malik, El Sun, Ekundayo, Methuzulah, Mike Flo, G.R.E.A.T. Scott, FluxWonda, Isreal, Sa Roc, Chosen, StaHHr
Next up we have a posse cut from more recent years. Back in 2012, eleven of the dopest underground mc’s from around the Atlanta area gathered together under the umbrella of community activist Kalonji Jamma Changa and his FTP Movement. The result was mind blowing!!!
7. De La Soul – Buddy, Remix (1989)
Ft. Jungle Brothers, Q Tip, Monie Love & Queen
was the third single released from their hugely successful debut album 3 Feet High and Rising. Buddy is also one of those tracks that’s often referred to as a true remix; as not only was the beat switched up, but the lyrics and guest features were too. Phife Dawg lends a verse on the extended mix but his appearance was left out on the official video.
6. D All-Stars – 1.. 2.. Pass It (1995)
Ft: Mad Lion, Doug E Fresh, KRS-One, Fat Joe, Smiff-N-Wessun and Jeru The Damaja
The mighty D&D Studios, the iconic recording space whichpermanently closed its doors in January 2015 after more than 20 years of spawning some of hip hops most important records, including this
5. Ice Cube – Color Blind (1991)
Ft: Ice Cube, Deadly Threat, J Dee, Kam, King Tee, Coolio & WC
Who could forget Color Blind, a vivid expose of L.A gang
4. Ice-T – What Ya Wanna Do? (1989)
Ice-T & The Rhyme $yndicate, Randy Mac, Nat The Cat, Donald D, Bronx Style Bob, Hen-Gee, Shaquel Shabazz, Toddy Tee, Everlast, M.C. Taste & Divine Styler
An absolute classic from Ice-T’s 1989 album “The Iceberg/Freedom of Speech…Just Watch What You Say“. The song features the whole line up of Rhyme Syndicate royalty, with fine production from Afrika Islam and Ice T himself.
3. Raekwon – Wu Gambinos (1995)
Ft: Method Man, Raekwon, RZA, Masta Killa, Ghostface Killah
“No information, just say yes or no”I’ll never forget the first time I heard Wu Gambinos on Tim Westwood’s hip-hop show back in 95. I remember throwing a TDK tape in the deck and hitting record. Being the huge Wu fan I was at that time I was always looking for any new material I could get my hands on and Westwood’s Wu exclusive had me eagerly anticipating what the rest of Rae’s Cuban Linx joint had in store. Wu Gambinos is still one of my all-time
2. A Tribe Called Quest – Scenario (1991)
Ft: Phife, Q-Tip, Leaders of the New School: Dinco D, Charlie Brown, Busta Rhymes
What can we say about this classic posse cut anthem from A Tribe Called Quest? People still lose they shit every time this drops. Probably the first introduction to Busta Rhymes for many people too….“Raaah raaah like a dungeon dragon”. Classic!!!
Geto Boys – Bring It On (1993)
Ft: Scarface, 2Low, Seagram, Too Much Trouble, 5th Ward Boyz , Odd Squad, Ganksta N-I-P, DMG, Lord 3-2 & Big Mello
I’ve got a soft spot for anything coming out of the early Rap-A-Lot stable and “Bring It On” from the Geto Boys 1993 album ‘Till Death Do Us Part’ tops my list of
If only Lil’ J had put out a video for this, that shit would be historical, especially now that 3 of the featured rappers have now passed away. R.I.P Seagram, Big Mello & Mr. 3-2
And that concludes my “40 Greatest Posse Cuts of All Time” list. How did I do? Tell me your favourites in the comments below ⇓
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