Jermaine Dupri f/ Nas "Turn It Out" (1998)
Album: Life in 1472
Producer: Kanye West
In reality, any album track from Dupri' Life in 1472 could make this list. It's one of the most consistent records in the So So Def catalog, and a perfect snapshot of the late-1990s sound, with beats by D-Dot Angelettie, DJ Quik and DJ Premier, and standout features from Slick Rick, DMX, Too $hort and Ma$e, among others. It was a true post-Life After Death record, an example of how aesthetically wide-ranging the national scope of hip-hop really was.
But "Turn It Out," the record's first full track, is a special case; produced by a then-unknown producer with a heavy Bad Boy Records influence known as Kanye West, the record features a great Jiggy-era Nas verse and was the perfect place setter for Dupri's best outing as a solo artist.