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Bitch Please IIThen rookie, Eminem found himself outshined by rap vets Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg on this West Coast-style banger off of the Marshall Mathers LP. Nate Dogg handled the hook, while Xzibit delivered an impressive cameo. While Slim may have been out-rapped by the pros on this track (though, the same thing wouldn't happen nowadays), his verse remained memorable, rapping in Snoop's voice and then switching into his imfamous goofball drawl.
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Self Destruction- KRS-One, D-Nice, Ms. Melodie, Delite, Daddy-O, Wise, Frukwan, Kool Moe Dee, ...The first hip-hop posse cut in history featured the best MC's from the East Coast as an attempt to put the growing gang violence in New York to rest. It was an admirable attempt, however, as the '90s came in, the West Coast gang perspective grew wider, and the demand for gangster rap heavier. Still, it was a catchy song to sing along to and many still try to enforce the message.
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Freedom- Queen Latifah, Yo-Yo, Patra, Left Eye, MC Lyte, Nefertiti, Meshell N'Degeocello, Salt ...In response to the R&B version from the Panther soundtrack, featuring the genres most prominent divas, the hip-hop version (and the first-ever all women posse cut) was a more aggressive approach. Dancehall queen Patra laid the hook down while Queen Latifah, MC Lyte, Yo-Yo, Salt-N-Pepa, and Me'Shell N'Degeocello dropped verses more memorable than the movie itself. The most memorable verse came from TLC's Left Eye who felt that the life of a bald eagle "is never more important than [her] people".
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I'm On One- DJ Khaled ft. Lil' Wayne, Rick Ross, DrakeAnother jewel in Khaled's crown, "I'm On One" became the anthem of the 2011 club scene, thanks in part to Drake's opening verse. Drizzy set the bar high, but Rozay and Weezy had memorable lines, too.
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Forever- Drake, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, EminemWhile the So Gone EP was a great introduction in the music world to former teen star-turned-rapper, Aubrey Drake Graham, the single off of some LeBron James documentary turned out to be a sign of good things to come from the Canadian rookie. Even though he couldn't escape the shadow of Eminem's ridiculously killer closing verse (the start of a killer comeback), he still proved he can hold his own with Slim, Weezy, and Yeezy as a standout rapper to remember.
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