20. Cage "Ballad of Worms" (2002)
Album: Eastern Conference All Stars III
Producer: Cage, Camu Tao
Label: Eastern Conference
There are seemingly endless message board debates over whether this song's meaning is literal, or a metaphor for hip-hop, or at least a girl who's addicted to drugs. Either way, all of the above scenarios are depressing. There's a swift current of despair and hopelessness running all throughout the record, and that doesn't change, even when the perceived meaning does.