11. Missy Elliott "Work It" (2002)
Album: Under Construction
Missy Elliott's 2002 album Under Construction was a love letter to hip-hop's early days, from the fond reminiscences of "Back in the Day" to the lyric sheet, which made references to scores of old school hip-hop classics. "Work It" features hilarious sex raps and sparse production tipping its hat both to the synth-drenched sounds of electro and to Run D.M.C., whose "Peter Piper" drums come in to close the song out after the last verse. Missy and Tim's homage to classic rap was a resounding success: when "Work It" was released as Under Construction's second single, it quickly became (and remains) the biggest single of Missy's career.