73. Raekwon f/ Lyfe Jennings "Catalina" (2009)
Producer: Dr. Dre/Mark Batson
Album: Only Built 4 Cuban Linx......Pt. II
Label: Ice H2O/EMI
Raekwon's sequel to his instant classic defied the odds. Usually, the notion that an artist can recapture past glory, especially almost a decade-and-a-half later, is ill-conceived. Rae is no regular rapper, though. The Chef, no longer that hungry street cat he repped in '95, was now a don tryin' to stay rich and fly, smellin' that money. "Brolic boots on, olive Goose/Calamari soups and noodles that spell out, 'Y'all niggas the truth'" was how he was livin' on "Catalina." The Dr. Dre-prescribed Caribbean-island steel drums made all the sense in the world for this Cuban revisit. Rae proved he was a dude built to last in this rap shit.