Rolling Stone Lists "20 Great Songs About Prison"

Rolling Stone's list of "20 Great Songs About Prison" includes Nas' "One Love."

Rolling Stone has released a list of “20 Great Songs About Prison.”  

Snoop Dogg’s “Murder Was The Case” made the list.

“This Hip Hop epic follows Snoop's character from the streets of the LBC to the California Institute for Men in Chino,” the Rolling Stone story says. "Along the way there are drive-bys, death and resurrection, deals with the Devil, weed smoke, Bible verses and ultimately, a ride on the 'gray goose' to prison, where Snoop finds himself in the middle of an all-out shank war.”

Snoop Dogg was featured on the late Nate Dogg’s “Never Leave Me Alone,” which is also included on the publication's grouping.

“Framed within Nate Dogg's 1998 G-Funk ballad about an O.G. torn between a life of love and a life of crime, Snoop delivers an insightful verse from the prisoner's perspective,” the item says. "'Somebody was naughty when they snitched on me and the judge just sentenced me to do about a century,' Snoop says, later fretting about whether his baby boo is being faithful on the outside."

Nas’ “One Love,” which was released in 1994 and is included on Illmatic, is also featured on the list.

"'One Love' is a letter from the rapper to a buddy that's in prison, updating him on what's been going on in Queensbridge since his bid started,” Rolling Stone says. "In one verse, Nas both congratulates his friend on the birth of his child and shares some bad news that his lady is messing around. It's harrowing information, but Nas at least leaves half a hundred in the prisoner's commissary to make it go down a little better.”

“Black Steel in the House of Chaos,” a 1988 song from Public Enemy, also made the list.

"A detailed odyssey about a draft dodger and a massive jailbreak,” Rolling Stone says of the song. "After a correctional officer falls asleep on the job, our protagonist secures the C.O.'s 'black steel' and the plan goes into action, leaving a trail of bodies and the titular chaos in its wake."

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  • Loaded Crack Rock

    Styles P n Jadakiss - Some Niggas . That track is a fuckin brutal banger bout jail the ghost goes in

  • Anonymous

    Actually, Last Words off Nastradamus IMO is a waaay better prison song than One Love. One Love is dope, but in terms of this subject matter...pshh... I have spoken...

  • Buckk Naastie

    Concrete Hell by 5th Ward Boyz?

  • Anonymous

    Do they have Up North Trip by Mobb Deep on the list?

  • Anonymous

    officer tRicky makes lots of prison songs but my favorite is the one about searching 2pac's crack.

  • Anonymous

    they got me trapped

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  • Will $teel

    Rolling Stone is a joke. Plies is the first rap artist to do a prison tour, show him some respect. Songs like Bid Long, 2nd Chance, 100 Years, Get My Niggas Out, Worth Goin Fed 4, Ball 4 Dem, Stay Free, Co-Defendant, 1st 48, Gotta Be, all should have made this list. Its criminal that they didnt even include one. PLIES A LEGEND WHO DA FUCK IS NAS

  • Anonymous

    Pac's "Out on Bail" Immortal Technique's "Parole"

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  • minnesota slick

    ice t the tower?

  • minnesota slick

    tommy butler - prison song (sampled for Felt - Woman tonight)

  • wow

    Black Steel in the House of Chaos? Never heard of that one...

    • TaZzZ

      You fuckin kidding me? Get to Youtube stat, that's easily one of the best story/concept records of all time and one of PE's greatest songs, which is something to say given their early discography Dope additions to the list, I'll have to check out the ones from other genres

    • Hollywood

      I wouldn't admit that on the internet.

  • Hashtags Are For Eating

    Hell, ain't enough time and space in this world to ponder and general a list of the best prison songs... IN HIP HOP!

  • Hollywood

    Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos was dissing Rick Ross decades before he made his debut on Def Jam. Those who never heard those chilling words "I got a letter from the government.... The other day" is the fan base that are Ross fans.

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