Annie Lennox probably never could've forseen her most famous chorus being flipped into a coke dealing anthem, but on It Was Written, a mafioso-leaning Nas (along with an legendary Trackmasters beat that also sampled Tupac and Linda Clifford) did just that. "Sweet Dreams" became "Street Dreams," which means: fancy cars, willing women, and access to kilograms of cocaine. Esco caught some flack for the pink suit in the record's accompanying music video—a Hype Williams-directed big-budget tribute to Casino—but we should understand now that this certified-gold 1996 track's full thesis could never be communicated without a dash of flamboyance. They are, after all, dreams.
19. Nas "Street Dreams"