50 | Marley Marl - "The Symphony" | Download|
An apt reminder of the good days when producers picked collaborators based on poetic prowess, not politics.
48 | Run-DMC & Aerosmith - "Walk This Way" | Download|
Long live the rap-rock collabo that had everyone biting the kings.
46 | Zion I feat Talib Kweli - "Temperature" | Download|
A straight-out-of-nowhere smash by a west coast duo and an east coast veteran.
45 | Eminem - "Stan" | Download|
An ill-fated account of a psychotic Eminem worshipper. Dido's ethereal crooning adds more soot to the tale.
44 | Slick Rick - "Children's Story" | Download|
A masterfully woven narrative by hip-hop's greatest storyteller.
43 | Kanye West - "Jesus Walks" | Download|
West meticulously marries the mainstream and the Messiah and makes it look easy. Kinda like walking on water.
42 | M.O.P. - "Ante Up" | Download|
Further proof that M.O.P albums should come with a warning sticker: "Repeated listens may cause you to run into a wall, especially at the crack of dawn."
41 | OutKast - "Miss Jackson" | Download|
Two dope boys from the A plead their case before a baby mama's mama.