6. Jay-Z "Friend or Foe '98" (1997)
Better Than Original?: No
Some people never learn until you shoot them in the abdomen. The original version of this song found Jigga rapping nonchalantly, shooing away a rival dealer without firing a single shot or even raising his voice. But this time around, Hov means business so his rapping is sort of the like a classic case of "talking bad guy syndrome." If we were Hov we would have skipped the explanation and just shot the dude.