33. Gang Starr f/ Inspectah Deck "Above the Clouds" (1998)
Producer: DJ Premier/Guru
Album: Moment of Truth
Label: Noo Trybe/Virgin
This eternal hip-hop testament feels like it originates from an ancient Far Eastern paradise in the sky. Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal, all-knowing, flows deep from where the sounds are original. At the time of its release in '98, the consensus was that "Above the Clouds," which features Inspectah Deck getting "wild like rock stars who smash guitars," was one of the best compositions of that year. Today, it has rightfully earned its legendary status. R.I.P. Guru.