29. Jay-Z "Where I'm From" (1997)
Producer: Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie, Ron "Amen-Ra" Lawrence
Album: In My Lifetime, Vol. 1
Label: Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam
Cipha Sounds: "Classic, straight-up Brooklyn record. This would make Brooklyn go absolutely nutso. Every time you were in trouble at the Tunnel—'cause mind you, after a half-hour of Tunnel bangers, you were getting into dangerous waters—this record would always save you. You had to be on point because it felt like you could lose your life if you didn't play what they liked. "