Any list that limits the most important rap capital of the past decade to just 50 songs is bound to be an argument starter. But Maurice Garland is well-equipped for such a task, having covered the scene since the early 2000s as a writer, tastemaker and current radio talk host (often with political firebrand Killer Mike). While there’s one too many Kilo Ali songs, and a few curious choices (Gucci Mane’s “Pillz” over “Freaky Gurl” and “Lemonade”?), this is a solid reflection of the vaunted rap history of the ATL. — Mosi Reeves
Note: Not all of these songs are on Spotify, hence the playlist having less than 50 tracks.