#40. Gang Starr f/Jadakiss "Rite Where U Stand" (2003)
Album: The Ownerz Label: Virgin/EMI Records
The second single off The Ownerz evokes a Wild West flavor thanks to its duel motifs and Preem's twangy sampled guitar riff and rolling piano. Guru is in prime shit-talking Ill Kid form ("It's that OG flavor/Remind you of a corner bodega/And that Old E behavior"). No lyrical outlaws, however, are outgunning guest Jadakiss, who memorably kicks off his verse with the couplet, "They wanna know why I invest all my money in the haze and in the dope/'Cause right now I'm currently a slave for Interscope," and later wryly notes, "This industry is like bacteria and my flow is the germ." Right on.