23. Lil' Bow Wow f/ Snoop Dogg "Bow Wow (That's My Name)" (2000)
Album: Beware of Dog
Producer: Jermaine Dupri
While "Bounce With Me," the first single from Lil' Bow Wow's debut, was a notable track, it was "Bow Wow (That's My Name)" which remains the most impressive moment in the rapper's early career. The second single from Beware of Dog, the Dupri-produced song samples of Francois de Roubaix's "Dernier Domicile Connu" and George Clinton's "Atomic Dog."
Thematically, it was reminiscient of Snoop's "Who Am I (What's My Name)," down to the parenthetical title, so it was appropriate that Snoop would be the guest on the track ("Woof! motherfucker, the dog came to play."). It also transcended its intended age group; older heads knew a jam when they heard one.
The song reached No. 21 on the Billboard Hot 100 after its release in October of 2000. (Bow Wow's Wanted, released in 2005, would be considered a successful return to form, but that record wasn't released on So So Def.)