44. GZA f/ Masta Killa, Inspectah Deck & Ol' Dirty Bastard "Duel of the Iron Mic" (1995)
Album: Liquid Swords
Master swordsmen give a demonstration of microphone-wrecking sophistication on this GZA-commandeered combat strike. Every move is calculated, two to three steps ahead of the nearest challenger. Deck goes Chester Himes in his eloquent verse, noting, "Building lobbies are graveyards for small-timers." The extended use of various kung-fu movie samples leaves impressions, as do the flows that injure any contender.