15. “Get It Together”
A gem tossed off between two-on-two basketball games, “Get It Together” features a freestyling Q-Tip at the peak of his powers and the Beasties riding his verse’s coattails.
Quotable: “‘Cos she’s the cheese and I’m the macaroni!”
14. “She’s Crafty”
These guys don’t do enough story songs. Who could top this cautionary tale of a scheming party girl?
Quotable: “The girl is crafty like ice is cold.”
13. “Jimmy James”
Does anyone else get a Public Enemy vibe from this beat? What a statement to open Check Your Head. And it became the namesake for an excellent NewsRadio character.
Quotable: “People how ya doing there’s a new day dawning.”
12. “Body Movin’”
The night of 1,000 steel drums!
Quotable: “Like a bottle of Chateauneuf du Pape / I’m fine like wine when I start to rap.”
11. “Car Thief”
We easily could have packed another two or three Paul’s Boutique deep cuts onto this list, but this track wins for its sheer, spaced-out L.A. vibe.
Quotable: “Buy my cheeba from the cop down the street / The only cop with the rope chain when he’s walking the beat.”