11. Hot Boys "Tuesdays & Thursdays"
Most gangsta rap is heavy on clichéd Scarface fantasies and light on specific street-level details. So it’s refreshing to hear the Cash Money supergroup endorsing a less glamorous D-boy strategy: hiding from the police. “On Tuesdays and Thursdays, you better watch for the sweep,” warns Juvenile, referring to the two days of the week that the N.O.P.D. task force hits the streets in search of illegal drug activity. On the two hottest days of the week, B.G. recommends you keep a low profile and “cool out on the couch.” It’s pragmatic advice for hustlers, but the song makes a bigger point about racial profiling—everyone in the hood is vulnerable, whether you’re a dope boy or a rap star who just happens to look like a dope boy.