Album: Paper Trail
Producer: Kanye West
Label: Grand Hustle/Atlantic
In 2008, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Lil Wayne and T.I were arguably the four hottest MCs in the game. The grouping of this fearsome foursome on “Swagga Like Us” was a giant middle finger to the rest of the industry—a “we da best” moment, if you will.
Kanye not only verbally attacked the track, but also produced the “Paper Planes”–sampling monster, making his claim of “Swagger is Mick Jagger” an actual fact.
Luckily “Swagga” felt more like a traditional posse cut than one of those emailed posse cuts—it sounded like these four genuinely enjoyed sharing mic time together. The song did, however, give us hip-hop's most overused buzzword since “bling bling.” But watching them perform the song live at the Grammy Awards alongside a very pregnant M.I.A. made it all worthwhile.