29. Jay-Z f/ UGK "Big Pimpin" (2000)
Album: Vol. 3... Life and Times of S. Carter
Label: Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam
Always one to expand his musical palate, Timbaland blessed Hova, Bun B, and Pimp C with the "Big Pimpin'" beat during his bhangra phase. The rolling percussion and layered melodies made for the ideal Yacht Rap excursion, and one of Timbaland's best beats set off rap's fascination with Indian music. Jigga gets suitably ignorant here (maybe an attempt to keep up with UGK), but later recanted his verse and claimed to "regret" his bars when he read them back for Decoded. "What kind of animal would say this sort of thing?" he wondered. Guess the beat made him do it?
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