See, life for Devin isn't all weed, wine and women -- actually, it is. "Lil Girl Gone" connects three stories about a girl gone wild despite her proper upbringing.
39. Beanie Sigel - Return of the Bad Guy
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Beanie Sigel specializes in songs that are grim enough to make even the toughest villains whimper, and this is a perfect example of that. This was the original title of his fourth album, which was later renamed The Solution.
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Armed with Kanye's staccato drum blasts, Quence assures his family that he won't forget 'em once he makes it big time.
37. Sean Price - P-Body
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Sean Price is already famous for being the brokest rapper you know. P's knack for alliteration ("Pound for pound perfection, and punch potholes in pretenders") adds yet another feather to his NY fitted hat.
There was so much hoopla about the process behind "The Heart Gently Weeps" that many forgot just how brilliant the song is. Backed by a warm acoustic guitar, "The Heart Gently Weeps" is meditative storytelling at its finest.
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This was billed as a bonus track on American Gangster
because Jay-Z wasn't sure if it belonged on that album. He's right: The musical charm that is "Blue Magic" is in a world of its own. From the Pharrell's barebones production to Jay's sophisticated rhyme scheme ("Blame Oliver north and Iran-Contra/I ran contraband that they sponsored").
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Avant-garde storytelling from one of 2007's most promising newcomers.
Blue Scholars echo the sentiment of 70% of Americans and ask for an end to the Iraq war.
There's a certain magic to this song that I don't want to ruin by trying to dissect the ingredients. Thankfully, it's just one of many gems to come from this hip-hop supergroup that consists of Kanye, Pharrell, and Lupe Fiasco.
Seventeen years after it was first laced on wax, Public Enemy's "Welcome to the Terror Dome" gets a facelift from Pharoahe Monch.