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.

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.

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. 

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

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.

"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.

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."

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?

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.

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

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."

 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.

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

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.

"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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

"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.

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

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?

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.

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. 

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.

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.