Released: 1998
More often than not, when Timbaland makes your beat, the beat is the star. This might be why so many great rappers either floundered on his production or never worked with him in the first place. And why his own stable often seemed so mediocre—a rapper with dead fish presence like Magoo was straight-up trampled by the sound. Jay-Z, of course, was the main exception. "Nigga What" is Jay and his old mentor Jaz staring directly into Tim's headlights and effortlessly fast-rapping their way around the impending collision.