65. Lil Wayne f/ Curren$y "Diamonds & Girls" (2007)
Album: The Drought Is Over 2 (The Carter 3 Sessions)
In some ways Prince and Lil Wayne feel like kindred spirits. Both are insular and hyper-productive artists, adored by the same masses that question their more eccentric choices. The irony, of course, is that those eccentricities are what separates artists of their ilk from the rest of the pack.
But where the two definitely diverge is on the issues of quality and creative control. It's hard to imagine a perfectionist like The Purple One signing off on Wayne and Curren$y's reinterpretation of his classic "Diamonds And Pearls." But it's equally difficult to see Wayne caring what Prince thinks about the matter. "Diamonds" was just another beat for him to devour and then he was on to the next one.