Producer: John "J-Praize" Freeman
Album: 8 Mile Soundtrack
50 Cent Mania didn't break worldwide until February 2003, but anybody that was in New York in the summer of '02 knew a storm was coming. The warped ice cream truck beat from "Wanksta" was everywhere, with a lazily-sung hook that proved to be a pivotal moment in rap.
In retrospect, the irony is that the song's most famous lines ("Damn, homie/In high school you was the man homie/What the fuck happened to you?") might well address a whole different artist in 2012 than it did ten years ago.