27. Souls Of Mischief "93 'til Infinity" (1993)
Album: 93 'til Infinity
Label: Jive, BMG
When Del Tha Funkee Homosapien first entered the rap game as a member of Da Lench Mob, rapping over Brides of Funkadelic samples, few would have predicted that he would go on to spearhead a new musical movement in the Oakland hip-hop scene. His Hieroglyphics crew introduced the kind of complex lyrical techniques and deep-crate beats that were previously the specialty of the East Coast, and "93 'Til Infinity" became the theme song of the new movement. One of the first notable examples of significantly speeding up a sample to rhyme over, the track was punctuated with neck-snapping drums and an echoing horn hits. The resulting track is so full of youthful energy and optimism that it's become almost mandatory for any "lyrical" rapper to take a stab at their own version, including J.Cole, Big K.R.I.T., Freddie Gibbs, and Kidz In The Hall.