97. Birdman f/ Lil Wayne & Mack Maine "Always Strapped" (2006)
Producer: Mr. Beatz
Label: Cash Money, Universal Motown
Squawk! Baby tricked you into thinking that this was going to be a Rebirth-style rap rock with that opening guitar riff. But the thrash quickly fades away in favor of a synth-horn driven thumper. The subject matter for a Baby and Wayne single is always predictable-a decadent jump into a world of rims, guns, and hoes, sprinkled with just enough of Wayne's oddball free association (here he's going on about vanilla pudding and polka dots)-but it's just so damn effective.