8. Jermaine Dupri f/ Ludacris "Welcome to Atlanta" (2001)
Producer: Jermaine Dupri
"Ma'am...in this brochure it says this tour is...crunk? What does that mean?" For Dupri's second solo album, he dropped a song that was perfectly-timed for Atlanta's ascendance to the top of hip-hop's commercial hierarchy. The second single from Instructions and a bonus track on Ludacris' own Word of Mouf, the song became a hit, reaching No. 35 on the Hot 100.
It sampled The Miracles' "Do It Baby" and Whodini's "Five Minutes of Funk." The video, which followed a tour bus full of tourists traveling throughout the city, managed stops at noted nightspots (Strokers, Fuel, Velvet Room). It featured cameos from prominent Atlanta celebrities from T.I. and Lil Jon to Evander Holyfield and Dominique Wilkins (pro tip: windmill dunks are 34% more effective when this song is playing).
The track's "Coast 2 Coast Remix" video added scenes in New York, St. Louis, and Long Beach, CA, and the video featured (among many, many others) Diddy, Nelly, and Snoop Dogg.