47. Inspectah Deck on Gang Starr's "Above The Clouds" (1998)
Album: Moment of Truth
Producer: DJ Premier, Guru
Label: Noo Trybe, Virgin, EMI
The Rebel INS was the master of the hard-hitting guest spot when DJ Premier and the Guru invited him to drop jewels for this Moment of Truth burner. Over a majestic beat, Deck attacks the mic with his "precise laser-beam technique," spitting vivid verbal imagery that spans the globe with well-aimed darts covering astral travel, biblical references, overzealous rock musicians, and talk of failed assassination days.
The Rebel concludes with, "When we die hard, they build a monument to honor us with/humongous effect on the world, we coulda conquered it!"—serving as a reminder to the days when it felt like mighty Wu-Tang Clan really were going to rule the entire planet.