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46. Nas f/ Lauryn Hill "If I Ruled the World" (1996)

46. Nas f/ Lauryn Hill "If I Ruled the World" (1996)

Album: It Was Written
Verse: Verse 3
Best Line: "Watch the blimp read, 'The World Is Mine.'"

Although we don't get why despite ruling the world Nas dreams of cooking coke, it's still hard not to fall in love with this song. Nas' lyricism is the hands down best here but it doesn't have to be. This wasn't the moment for Nas to flex his lyrical skills, everyone already knew he could rap. However, they doubted he could make a pop hit but this song proved everyone wrong. Nas made a hit record that was true to his style and still got heavy radio airplay. The only part we couldn't get behind was freeing every prisoner and sending them to Africa. Dude, WTF would that solve?

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