Outro tracks on hip-hop albums may not always get the love and recognition they deserve, but they play a crucial role in the storytelling and creative expression that make the genre so unique.

These closing tracks are often where rappers leave their final impressions, summing up their message or providing a reflective perspective on the album as a whole. From Biggie’s haunting “Suicidal Thoughts” to Pac’s aggressive “Against All Odds,” the outro tracks on some of hip-hop’s most iconic albums have left an indelible mark on the genre. Kanye West’s “Last Call” provides a deep dive into his journey to success, while Ice Cube’s “No Vaseline” is a fiery dis track aimed at his former N.W.A. bandmates.

So let’s get into it, here are the 50 best hip hop outro songs of all time.

50. A$AP Rocky – “Purity”

Released: May 25, 2018

Album: Testing

Producer: Dean Blunt, FnZ, Delgado, Lord Flacko

49. A Tribe Called Quest – “God Lives Through”

Released: November 9, 1993

Album: Midnight Marauders

Producer: A Tribe Called Quest

48. Mobb Deep – “Party Over”

Released: April 25, 1995

Album: The Infamous

Producer: Mobb Deep, Matt Life

47. Pusha T – “S.N.I.T.C.H.”

Released: October 7, 2013

Album: My Name Is My Name

Producer: Pharrell Williams

46. J. Cole – “4 Your Eyez Only”

Released: December 9, 2016

Album: 4 Your Eyez Only

Producer: BLVK, J. Cole, Elite, Childish Major

45. DMX – “Niggaz Done Started Something”

Released: May 19, 1998

Album: It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot

Producer: Dame Grease

44. Jay-Z – “You Must Love Me”

Released: November 4, 1997

Album: In My Lifetime, Vol. 1

Producer: Nashiem Myrick

43. Eminem – “Underground”

Released: May 19, 2009

Album: Relapse

Producer: Dr. Dre, Curtis “Sauce” Wilson

42. Public Enemy – “Party for Your Right to Fight”

Released: June 28, 1988

Album: It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back

Producer: The Bomb Squad

41. The Game – “Why You Hate The Game”

Released: November 14, 2006

Album: Doctor’s Advocate

Producer: Just Blaze

40. Drake – “Jungle”

Released: February 13, 2015

Album: If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late

Producer: 40

39. Kanye West – “Saint Pablo”

Released: June 14, 2016

Album: The Life of Pablo

Producer: Kanye West, Mike Dean, Allen Ritter, Noah Goldstein

38. 50 Cent – “Gotta Make It to Heaven”

Released: February 6, 2003

Album: Get Rich or Die Tryin’

Producer: Megahertz

37. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – “Piñata”

Released: March 18, 2014

Album: Piñata

Producer: Madlib

36. The Roots – “Can’t Stop This”

Released: August 29, 2006

Album: Game Theory

Producer: J Dilla, The Roots, The Randy Watson Experience

35. Drake – “Do Not Disturb”

Released: March 18, 2017

Album: More Life

Producer: Boi-1da, Allen Ritter, 40

34. Common – “It’s Your World (Part 1 & 2)”

Released: May 24, 2005

Album: Be

Producer: J Dilla, James Poyser, Karriem Riggins

33. UGK – “Outro”

Released: July 30, 1996

Album: Ridin’ Dirty

Producer: Pimp C

32. Kendrick Lamar – “HiiiPoWeR”

Released: April 12, 2011

Album: Section.80

Producer: J. Cole

31. The D.O.C. – “The Grand Finalé”

Released: August 1, 1989

Album: No One Can Do It Better

Producer: Kanye West

30. Dr. Dre – “Bitches Ain’t Shit”

Released: December 15, 1992

Album: The Chronic

Producer: Dr. Dre

29. Snoop Dogg – “Pump Pump”

Released: November 23, 1993

Album: Doggystyle

Producer: Dr. Dre

28. Eminem – “Still Don’t Give a Fuck”

Released: February 23, 1999

Album: The Slim Shady LP

Producer: Bass Brothers, Eminem

27. Raekwon – “Heaven & Hell”

Released: August 1, 1995

Album: Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…

Producer: RZA

26. De La Soul – “Stone Age”

Released: September 21, 1993

Album: Buhloone Mindstate

Producer: De La Soul, Prince Paul

25. Young Jeezy – “Air Forces”

Released: July 26, 2005

Album: Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101

Producer: Shawty Redd

24. Ice Cube – “The Bomb”

Released: May 16, 1990

Album: AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted

Producer: Sir Jinx, The Bomb Squad (co.)

23. Jay-Z – “Where Have You Been”

Released: October 31, 2000

Album: The Dynasty: Roc La Familia

Producer: T.T.

22. Kanye West – “Gone”

Released: August 30, 2005

Album: Late Registration

Producer: Kanye West

21. Kendrick Lamar – “Mortal Man”

Released: March 15, 2015

Album: To Pimp a Butterfly

Producer: Sounwave

20. The Notorious B.I.G. – “You’re Nobody (Til Somebody Kills You)”

Released: March 25, 1997

Album: Life After Death

Producer: Sean “Puffy” Combs

19. Mobb Deep – “Quiet Storm (Remix)”

Released: August 17, 1999

Album: Murda Muzik

Producer: Havoc, Jonathan “Lighty” Williams

18. GZA – “B.I.B.L.E. (Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth)”

Released: November 7, 1995

Album: Liquid Swords

Producer: 4th Disciple

17. Madvillian – “Rhinestone Cowboy”

Released: March 23, 2004

Album: Madvillainy

Producer: Madlib

16. Black Star – “Twice Inna Lifetime”

Released: September 29, 1998

Album: Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star

Producer: Hi-Tek

15. Jay-Z – “My 1st Song”

Released: November 14, 2003

Album: The Black Album

Producer: Aqua, Joe “3H” Weinberger

14. Public Enemy – “Fight the Power”

Released: July 4, 1989

Album: Fear of a Black Planet

Producer: The Bomb Squad

13. Clipse – “Nightmares”

Released: November 28, 2006

Album: Hell Hath No Fury

Producer: The Neptunes

12. Jay-Z – “Blueprint (Momma Loves Me)”

Released: September 11, 2001

Album: The Blueprint

Producer: Bink

11. Lil Wayne – “Fly Out”

Released: December 6, 2005

Album: Tha Carter II

Producer: T-Mix, Batman

10. Kendrick Lamar – “Duckworth”

Released: April 14, 2017

Album: DAMN.

Producer: 9th Wonder, Bēkon

9. Eminem – “Criminal”

Released: May 23, 2000

Album: The Marshall Mathers LP

Producer: Bass Brothers, Eminem

8. Future – “Codeine Crazy”

Released: October 28, 2014

Album: Monster

Producer: TM88

7. Ice Cube – “No Vaseline”

Released: October 31, 1991

Album: Death Certificate

Producer: Sir Jinx, Ice Cube

6. OutKast – “Chonkyfire”

Released: September 29, 1998

Album: Aquemini

Producer: OutKast

5. 2Pac – “Against All Odds”

Released: November 5, 1996

Album: The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory

Producer: Makaveli, Hurt-M-Badd

4. Kanye West – “Last Call”

Released: February 10, 2004

Album: The College Dropout

Producer: Kanye West, Evidence, Porse

3. Nas – “It Ain’t Hard to Tell”

Released: January 18, 1994

Album: Illmatic

Producer: Large Professor

2. A Tribe Called Quest – “Scenario”

Released: September 24, 1991

Album: The Low End Theory

Producer: A Tribe Called Quest

From the thumping bassline to the intricate wordplay, “Scenario” is a tour-de-force of lyrical prowess and sonic excellence. Each member of the crew delivers a standout performance, with Busta Rhymes stealing the show with his shape-shifting flow and dynamic delivery.

1. The Notorious B.I.G. – “Suicidal Thoughts”

Released: September 13, 1994

Album: Ready to Die

Producer: Lord Finesse

Few rap songs are as haunting and raw as The Notorious B.I.G.’s “Suicidal Thoughts,” the final track of his classic debut album, Ready to Die. In this track, Biggie calls up Puff in the middle of the night to confess that he’s about to commit suicide, revealing the innermost thoughts and emotions that drove his troubled life. In many ways, “Suicidal Thoughts” is the ultimate outro track. The track’s fictional death serves as a poignant reminder of Biggie’s own tragic death, which occurred just a few months after the release of his follow-up album, Life After Death.

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