62. Hot Boys "We On Fire" (1997)
Producer: Mannie Fresh
Album: Get It How U Live!!
Label: Cash Money
Though most of its principals are too young to have many first-hand memories of '80s rap, there was always a slight old-school vibe to the Hot Boys. This was no doubt partially inspired by Mannie Fresh, whose credentials ran all the way back to the previous decade.
"We On Fire" feels like a distinctly New Orleanian take on a Bronx tag-team routine. Wayne takes one corner in this game of call and response, bouncing a string of queries off his fellow souljas: "What kinda nigga young sitting on chrome? Got three or four cars ready to get his shine on?" and "What kinda nigga make your whole life frightening?" The answer to all of which is obvious-the Hot Boys.