Playlist: Top 25 Hip-Hop BBQ Party Songs

Throwing a backyard BBQ party? Kicking back by the pool? You need the right music to soundtrack the event. If hip-hop is more your speed, then you want the right mix of warmth, nostalgia and surprise. Fire up the grill and turn up the music to this hip-hop BBQ playlist.

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Camp Lo - "Coolie High"

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Camp Lo's Uptown Saturday Night had no shortage of warm tunes, but this is my go-to when I'm trying to add a slice of soul to the party. Buy from Amazon »

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Raekwon - "Ice Cream"

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A great warm weather song from Raekwon's Only Built 4 Cuban Linx. Don't play this one at your BBQ if you plan on inviting your mom...unless, of course, she's a staunch Wu-Tang fan.  Buy from Amazon »

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DJ Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince - "Summertime"

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"Summertime" is, well, the ultimate summer rap song. No summer/BBQ playlist list is complete without Will Smith and Jazzy Jeff's smooth jam.  Buy from Amazon »

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A Tribe Called Quest - "Can I Kick It?"

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This Tribe special has only grown sweeter since the 90s. Fire this one up to promote crowd participation at your party. Can I kick it? Yes, you can. Buy from Amazon »

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OutKast - "Spottiedopaliscious"

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"Her neck was smelling sweeter than a plate of yams with extra syrup," raps Big Boi on "Spottieottiedopalicious." And this one is definitely sweet enough to evoke swoons and a tinge of nostalgia. Buy from Amazon »

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Showbiz & AG - "Next Level"

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Every BBQ playlist needs an element of surprise. "Next Level" is surely one of those songs that will have people going, "Oh yeah, I haven't heard this in a while." Buy from Amazon »

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Blackstreet - "No Diggity"

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Teddy Riley and 'em swaggering all over a flirty beat. Dr. Dre spitting his most innocuous rhymes ever. The glory days when people said things like "no diggity." What's not to love? Buy from Amazon »

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The Notorious B.I.G. - "Big Poppa"

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With this masterfully composed party rap song, Biggie testifies about his fantasy of kicking it with some fly ladies and a T-Bone steak, while smoking in the jacuzzi. Buy from Amazon »

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Juvenile - "Slow Motion"

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Ideal for the slow, bump and grind segment of your party. When this comes on, watch out for the freaks. Buy from Amazon »

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UGK - "Int'l Players Anthem (I Choose You)"

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This is just perfect for everything. Pool parties, BBQ parties, weddings, Bar Mitzvahs. Everything. But be careful -- "Int'l Players Anthem" will have your guests doing their best Willie Hutch impression, going "I-i-i-i I chooose you, bae." Buy from Amazon »

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Kanye West - "Good Life"

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 Kanye West and T-Pain bring you to a place where life is good whether "you broke or rich." One of the highlights from Yeezy's Graduation LP. Buy from Amazon »

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Ice Cube - "It Was a Good Day"

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The music video shows Ice Cube rolling through an unusually peaceful day in South Central L.A. The song is exactly 4:20 in length. #coincidence? #methinksnot

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Nelly - "Country Grammar"

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Don't front like Nelly didn't have the game in a chokehold for like 8 months straight. "Country Grammar" is a reminder of the era of rap-singing and left-eye bandaid. Buy from Amazon »

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Coolio - "Fantastic Voyage"

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"Fantastic Voyage" is one of Coolio's better songs not named "Gangsta's Paradise." It's a fun song to bop to, or simply eat potato salad to. Buy from Amazon »

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Sugarhill Gang - "Rapper's Delight"

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Sometimes you just need a little dash of hip-hop history to go with your BBQ party. For that, simply walk through the legs of Rapper's Delight bravely into the past. A landmark song so historically essential it's preserved by the US Library of Congress. Buy from Amazon »

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Ludacris - "Growing Pains"

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A great tale of survival meets a great summer song. When the going gets tough, just eat some beef ribs.

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The Fugees - "Fu-gee-la"

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A simple but powerful hit single from The Fugees' sophomore smash album. Before you know it, "Fu-ge-la" is taking over your guests' bodies and making them move to the rhythm. Buy from Amazon »

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Q-Tip - "Life is Better" (Ft. Norah Jones)

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A pillow-smooth jazz number from Q-Tip's The Renaissance. This is also a great choice if your guests are new to hip-hop. Buy from Amazon »

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2Pac - "I Get Around"

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"Weekends were made for Michelob" raps Digital Underground's Money B, echoing the vintage beer jingle. Even if you don't give a whit about Michelob or weekend grilling, you'll still enjoy this tune on any day of the week. Buy from Amazon »

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Nappy Roots - "Po Folks"

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Perfect for those sunny days when you want to kick back and reminisce about humble beginnings.  Buy from Amazon »

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Rehab - "Lawn Chair High"

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Your idea of a party is sitting in the carport, looking down the driveway and watching cars go by? That's alright, too. It's not exactly clear which grass they're rapping about, but who gives a flyin' paraplegic chicken? Buy from Amazon »

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Bubba Sparxxx - "Deliverance"

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What's more relaxing than Sunday morning poetry set to the folky grooviness of Bubba Sparxxx and Timbaland? Blue-eyed rap never sounded so soulful. Buy from Amazon »

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Scarface - "On My Block"

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In the vein of Ice Cube's "It Was a Good Day," Scarface takes us on a journey through his hood in H-town, TX where "everything is everything fo sheezy." "On My Block" is ultimately about loyalty and friendship, which is what BBQ parties are all about.  Buy from Amazon »

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David Banner - "Cadillac on 22s"

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David Banner literally put Mississippi on his back. He tattooed his state on his back and titled his first album Mississippi: The Album. Most people know Banner for like "Like a Pimp," but tucked away in the middle of the same album is "Cadillac on 22s," a stirring warning about the dangerous streets of Mississippi. Buy from Amazon »

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Kendrick Lamar - "The Recipe"

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A bonus track from good kid, m.A.A.d city, "The Recipe" finds Kendrick Lamar and Dr. Dre paying tribute to the triumvirate of west coast tourist's attraction: women, weed and weather. Buy from Amazon »