4. Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth "They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)" (1992)
Producer: Pete Rock
Album: Mecca and the Soul Brother
Large Professor may allege that he was the one who found the Tom Scott record that anchors this anthemic ode to family and lost friends, but nobody could have flipped it more perfectly than Pete Rock in his prime. Pete was the king of the horns in the '90s, and "T.R.O.Y." was his crowning achievement. Crisp, rolling snare hits provide added punch to the lush, melodic backdrop. Despite sounding more King Arthur than King Records, the song become hip hop's "Stairway To Heaven"-â€”in that it's inspired several awful cover versions yet still has the capacity to bring a tear to the eye of even the most stone-faced rap fans.
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