Year: 2003 Produced By: Just Blaze Album: Diplomatic Immunity Label: Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam
Jay-Z's Blueprint repopularized chirping vocal samples—for earlier examples of chopped crooning, peep Mobb Deep's "Still Shinin'" or Wu-Tang Clan's "Tearz"—but it quickly became a hallmark of Dipset production. Here, Just Blaze flips Major Harris' lounge-y "I Got Over Love" into a triumphant tour de force where Killa delivers unforgettable couplets like "Lock my garage/Rock my massage/Fuck it/Bucket by Osh Kosh B'Gosh/Golly, I'm gully/Look at his galoshes." If you don't love that shit, you probably have the swag of a sea cucumber. Take a couple bars off, let Just live.