The 50 Best Songs of 2012

3. Rick Ross f/ Drake & French Montana "Stay Schemin'"

Album: Rich Forever
Producer: The Beat Bully
Label: Maybach Music Group, Def Jam
"Stay Schemin'" was the best single from Rick Ross' massive Rich Forever, and even stands above anything released from his proper album, God Forgives, I Don't. It's a continuation of the chilling sound Drake and Ross had already developed on a string of collaborative singles, from "I'm On One" to "Aston Martin Music," and French Montana's slurred style perfectly complemented the ambiance.

From Montana's hilarious catchy "fanute" to Drake's sympathetic shout out to Kobe Bryant, and Rozay's paranoid opening bars, "Stay Schemin'" remains the stark, ominous soundtrack to the emotional turbulence of 2012. -DD

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