#7. Gang Starr f/ Inspectah Deck "Above the Clouds" (1998)
Album: Moment of Truth Label: Noo Trybe/Virgin/EMI Records
One of the highlights of Moment of Truth, "Above the Clouds"—anchored by Guru's contemplations of righteous celestial paths and other metaphysical graffiti—can't help but be heard as an elegy in light of his tragically premature passing. Deck's slashing sword-style rhymes are perfectly complementary. Premier's Far Eastern production touches elevate the track to the ranks of "They Reminisce Over You" as one of hip-hop's most regal recordings.