29. Jadakiss - "From Now Til' Then"
Mix some hardboiled rhymes with a flawless Premo beat and you have Jada's most fascinating contribution to rap in 2008.
Weezy goes on a free-verse rampage, rambling about everything under the sun. But you simply can't turn it off because his flow is so damn infectious.
It's rare to find a rap song that sets out to be the ultimate car anthem and actually delivers on its promise. Thankfully, "Drivin' Down the Black" is the beautiful exception to that trend. It's big, bassy, and ridiculously addictive.
25. Wale - "The Kramer"
An usually lighthearted Wale gets serious on "The Kramer," in which he weighs in on the N-word debate.
Sounds like it was lifted right off a contemporary jazz station. So fresh and so clean.
23. Rhymefest - "Stolen"
"Stolen" is an early buzz cut from Rhymefest's sophomore album, El Che. 'Fest weaves three different narratives of African struggle, while referencing conflict-torn regions like Sierra Leone, Sudan, and Rwanda. The video is set in a classroom full of students as diverse as the countries in question. [Video]
22. Nas - "Sly Fox"
Nas delivered more than just a scathing indictment of Fox News Network, he also teamed up with the political organization Moveon.org to deliver over 620,000 petitions against the news network in protest of what Nas described as the network's racist attacks on the African-American community. How real is that? [Video]