11. YoungBloodZ f/ Lil Jon "Damn!" (2003)
Album: Drinkin Patnaz
Producer: Jazze Pha, Lil Jon
The Youngbloodz' "Damn!" was one of the first shots fired in Lil Jon's eventual revolution in rap production. With a few synthesizer tones and an assist from Jazze Pha, he set the pattern for a new sound in Atlanta hip-hop, and popular rap more generally. The Youngbloodz, a rap duo consisting of Sean P and J-Bo, were initially signed to LaFace records. Their debut album had a Dungeon Family feel, and one of their best songs, "85," even featured Big Boi.
The group's sophomore record Drinkin Patnaz, however, was released on So So Def, and while "Cadillac Pimpin" would become a minor hit, it was "Damn!" which would become the group's biggest smash, due in part to its extremely novel production sound. It hit No. 4 on the U.S. pop charts and was eventually certified gold. The remix, which featured Ludacris, would also become a favorite among hip-hop heads for featuring one of the rapper's best verses.