Producer: A Tribe Called Quest
Album: Midnight Marauders
Label: Jive, BMG

This Q-Tip solo joint concisely articulates the hip-hop generation's willful reclamation of the slur "nigger" in its new form as "nigga," a term of endearment. It's a controversial viewpoint, but Tip was so sure of the cogency of his argument that he repeats his verse word for word. Brilliant use of "Red Clay" here.