Reasonable Doubt is an album filled with lush narratives and gangster neo-noir, not just from the mind of a drug dealer, but from the mind of a drug dealer intent on giving you a triumphant tour through what he's been through, saying hi to all the players, hustlers, and fallen enemies who didn't make it along the way. Of all the songs, though, none of them does the job to illustrate this past quite like Jay-Z's paranoia-driven classic "Friend or Foe." If you didn't know, cocaine distribution's a risky business, and Hov does his best to paint a picture of the distrust that goes into every transaction. The short, hair-raising story inspired a sequel, "Friend or Foe '98," on the rapper's next album, but it doesn't come close to matching the legacy of this: Not just one of the greatest songs about selling drugs, but generally regarded as one of the greatest rap songs to punch out under the two-minute-mark as well.
4. Jay-Z "Friend or Foe"