The 50 Best Debut Rap Singles

49. Styles P "Good Times" (2002)

Producer: Swizz Beatz, Saint Denson
Album: A Gangster and a Gentleman
Label: Ruff Ryders, Interscope

Leading up to release of his solo debut album, Styles P was known for being a gangster and a gentlemen, but not really a stoner. Although he had the streets on lock, he wasn't known as a hitmaker, either. And way more people were checking for Jada's solo than they were for his.

But that all changed when P dropped "Good Times." Swizz Beatz, who wasn't known for sampling, blessed the track with a sample from Freda Payne's interpolation of "I Get High (On Your Memory)." The beat smacked out of speakers, Styles laced his verses with that raw uncut, and SP the Ghost scored a Top 40 hit before bandmate Jadakiss did. —Insanul Ahmed

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