22. Eve ft/ Gwen Stefani "Let Me Blow Ya Mind" (2001)
Producer: Dr. Dre, Scott Storch
Label: Ruff Ryders, Interscope
Despite his reputation as one of rap's most infamous misogynists, Dre had a long history of collaborating with strong females, from J.J. Fad and Michel'le to Jewell and the Lady of Rage. His feminine sensibilities reached a peak on "Let Me Blow Your Mind." It's impossible to imagine two males handling this composition with the sophistication of Eve and Gwen Stefani.
Imagine if he'd given the beat to Xzibit. It would have been like placing a porcelain vase in the hands of an MMA fighter. The song is slippery and relaxed and funky but it displays the flawless texture of fresh-blown glass. Along with "Xxxplosive," which preceded it by two years, "Let Me Blow Your Mind" is the culmination of one of Dre's sonic signatures: An immaculate, airless funk, as spotless as the leather upholstery in a factory Lexus.