Tour rap history with 21 of the best bass lines ever written

So maybe they’re not the 21 best bass lines of all time, but YouTuber Rob Scallon’s 3:49 run-through of 21 truly identifiable bass lines does prove one thing: Sometimes the bass is the baddest part of a rap track.

Segueing American classics like Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s “Shimmy Shimmy Ya” with 50 Cent and the Fat Boys’ autobiographical introduction, the bedroom bassist takes you on a tour of the filthiest genre, with tracks from some of the most recognizable and notorious names in rap. 

We can’t speak, however, for the Afroman.

Turns out Scallon’s not just a good copycat. His “Crazy funk solo!” from April 2013 earned all 61,000 of its views.

Full rundown of the bass-off below. (We can’t explain the Hotstylez either.)

Drake, “The Motto”
Dr. Dre, “Deep Cover”
Afroman, “Colt 45”
Dr. Dre, “Nuthin But a G Thang”
Vanilla Ice, “Ice Ice Baby”
Cypress Hill, “Insane in the Brain”
Busta Rhymes, “Woo-Hah! Got You All in Check
Kriss Kross, “Jump”
Ol’ Dirty Bastard, “Shimmy Shimmy Ya”
Ludacris, “Move Bitch (Get Out the Way)”
50 Cent, “In Da Club”
Fat Boys, “The Fat Boys”
Skee-Lo, “I Wish”
OutKast, “So Fresh, So Clean”
The Beastie Boys, “No Sleep Till Brooklyn”
Run DMC, “Walk This Way”
The Sugar Hill Gang, “Rapper’s Delight
Hotstylz, “Lookin’ Boy”
Eminem, “My Name Is”
Coolio, “Gangsta’s Paradise”
Weird Al Yankovic, “Amish Paradise”

Photo via Rob Scallon/YouTube

Chase Hoffberger

Chase Hoffberger

Chase Hoffberger reported on YouTube, web culture, and crime for the Daily Dot until 2013, when he joined the Austin Chronicle. Until late 2018, he served as that paper’s news editor and reported on criminal justice and politics.