The Diplomats "I'm Ready" (2003)
Album: Diplomatic Immunity
The Diplomats were practically kings back in the day, but once in a while they'd drop some inspiration on us commoners. This was one of the crew's best and potentially their finest use of an inspiring sped-up soul sample. Just look at the long breaths Juelz, Jimmy, and Killa take in between verses. It's hard to get oxygen when you're at the top of the mountain.