46. The Notorious B.I.G. f/ Method Man "The What" (1994)
Producer: Easy Mo Bee Album: Ready To Die Label: Bad Boy
In 1994, Method Man was arguably the most popular new hip-hop artist on the planet. His natural charisma and witty, unpredictable talent set Meth apart from his Wu brethren, so it was only right that Biggie enlisted his services for “The What.” Nothing short of epic, the track featured two budding MCs trading calculated battle bars back and forth while cleverly finishing the last words of each others' verses.
“The What” turned out cold as the Pole in the winter, with both rappers spewing quality lines that were accepted by kids with chewsticks and bottle-poppers alike—they even tapped into that hard-to-reach female audience. The track also sparked an eternal debate: Who murdered who?