21. Talib Kweli
Major Hit: "Get By" (2003)
Other Hit: "I Try" f/ Mary J. Blige (2004)
On his song "Moment of Clarity," Jay-Z gave his fellow Brooklyn MC a back-handed compliment: "If skills sold/Truth be told/I'd probably be/Lyrically/Talib Kweli." While it's true that Hov has moved more units, Talib Kweli has a couple of hits under his belt too. Aside from his classic work with Mos Def as Black Star, and his features with the likes of Kanye West, Kweli's biggest solo success was "Get By." He followed that same blueprint the following year with the chart hit "I Try." And he's still trying—recently linking with Res to form Idle Warship.