Album: Teflon Don
Label: Maybach Music Group, Slip-n-Slide, Def Jam
Producer: J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League
Memorable Line: "Money machines, yeah they RIIIIINNNG like a mobile phone." (Rick Ross)
Who invited Jadakiss on this song? Look, we love Al Queda Jada as much as the next rap fan who prefers their Top 5 rapper's best songs to consist of guest spots and no great albums, but does he even own a Maybach?
Rather, let's focus on the charming tunes of J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League. After making "Maybach Music II" sound as epic and expansive as possible, they took a reserved approach on this one, giving the song a light, airy feel. And Ross, ever the inventive A&R, made the right move inviting Ms. Badu on the hook.
Plus, T.I. spit one of his best post-prison verses ("Tell the ATF I'm riding with another .380"). To top it off, Ross killed his verse—a flawless display of multi-syllable rhymes that proved the value of a delayed delivery. The spaces Ross left open on his verse ("Parents never had a good JOB... now it's black American Express CARDS") are a perfect example of when less is more. Verses like these make it easy to chart the growth of Rozay as an MC.