#13. Gang Starr f/Lil' Dap & Jeru the Damaja "I'm the Man" (1992)
Album: Daily Operation Label: Chrysalis/EMI Records
DJ Premier in deep innovation: "I'm the Man" transforms the traditional posse cut into a three-part suite, the beat changing for each MC. Guru sets things off lovely ("My street style and intelligence level/Makes me much more than just an angry rebel"). Lil' Dap of Group Home's section ingeniously introduces Preem's affection for flipping classic rap rhythm tracks (in this case the reverb-soaked drums of "P.S.K."). Jeru straight rips it over a beautifully sparse beat, foreshadowing the genius of "Come Clean" a year later.