A bouncy anthem that showcased DP's versatility while underlining their commitment to activism.
Two revered groups merge forces for the first time and yield a pulverizing hip-hop moment. From the goofy concept to the way the beat is tailor-made to suit each artist, "Int'l Players Anthem" is flawless. It doesn't matter if you're a backpacker, a purist, or a southern rap aficionado, this is one anthem you won't forget anytime soon.
The pared down beat and thumping bass made this a solid club banger and one of the strongest singles of the 2000s.
"One Mic" builds up gradually and explodes into a torrent of explosive rhymes. One of Nas' finest moments.
Lupe’s skateboard anthem made the world take notice of the Chi-Town MC’s push for the return of the art of storytelling sorely needed in this decade.
West demonstrated that a rap song could marry the mainstream to the Messiah and make it both sonically dynamic and commercially viable.
"Stan" unmasks a vulnerable Eminem, one that turns up the pathos several notches while barely raising his voice. Dido's ethereal crooning adds more soot to the tale.
It's impossible to fully appreciate the genius of this concert favorite until you've seen hip-hop fans leap up in excitement as Jay-Z delves into an exercise in lyricism.
Produced by the late great J Dilla and inspired by Common's ex Erykah Badu, "The Light" warmed up many nights throughout the 2000s. It was musical irrigation to our souls the first time it washed over the summer airwaves.
They couldn't have foreseen the emergence of vuvuzelas or octomom's prominence, but they had everything else covered on "B.O.B. (Bombs over Baghdad)" The gulf war, political imbalance, and global warming never sounded so good. A frenetic drum blast supplies the backdrop while the chorus gets its riveting effect from a group of children now old enough to enlist in the military. OutKast used the eerily prescient "B.O.B." as a missile metaphor to challenge their peers to go hard or go home: "Don't pull the thang out, unless you plan to bang."