Ben Horowitz schools you on hip-hop

Updated: Feb 27, 2014 7:00 PM UTC
The Notorious B.I.G.

FORTUNE -- Ben Horowitz grew up listening to hip-hop and to this day remains an unabashed fan. It's the music that he listens to, what's in his head a lot of the time and what often inspires him to write some management lessons on his blog. Horowitz, who has become friends with some of hip-hop's biggest stars, also believes there is a connection between rappers, who had to overcome obstacles and bootstrap their careers, and entrepreneurs.

At Fortune's request, he created a playlist of his all-time favorite hip-hop songs, and you can read annotations of these classics over at Rap Genius, a site Andreessen Horowitz invested $15 million in.

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"Juicy," The Notorious B.I.G. (Annotated lyrics)

"I Ain't No Joke,"  Eric B. and Rakim (Annotated lyrics)

"Rebel Without a Pause," Public Enemy (Annotated lyrics)

"The Message," Nas (Annotated lyrics)

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ws3Ks0FGxYM

"Can't Tell Me Nothing," Kanye West (Annotated lyrics)

"Let Me Ride,"  Dr. Dre (Annotated lyrics)

"Mind Playing Tricks on Me," Geto Boys (Annotated lyrics)

"A Week Ago," Jay-Z (Annotated lyrics)

"Swiss Francs," Ryan Leslie (Annotated lyrics)

"Keep Ya Head Up," 2Pac Shakur (Annotated lyrics)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPx87Z6zHRQ