21. Royce da 5'9" "Remember The Titans" (2010)
Producer: J. Cardim
Album: Mood Muzik 4: A Turn 4 The Worst
Consider the lineup on this posse cut from Joe Budden's Mood Muzik 4. For starters, there was Joe himself, known for his fearless delivery and the precise insight he's offered on his signature mixtape series. Along with him on the track were Fabolous and Lloyd Banks, two rappers feared for their slick punchlines and smooth flow. Somehow, despite going against such fierce competition, Royce emerged with easily the best verse on the entire mixtape and one of the best verses of the year.
The Detroit native's bars featured a flow that danced all over the beat. He offered complex visual images, blunt yet powerful punchlines, and arguably the greatest reference to The Hangover ever. "You'll come up shorter than an Asian jumping out of a trunk in the desert/While my wolf pack looks for strippers and cocaine." As if that wasn't enough, he also recklessly threw in a cheap shot about Justin Bieber's virginity.
If anyone felt that Royce did not come correct on "Remember The Titans," here is a brutal rebuttal, courtesy of the Detroit MC himself: "Pour sugar in the gas tank, put a banana in the tailpipe/So the car can fit the driver." —Dharmic X