23. De La Soul "Ego Trippin' Pt. 2" (1993)
Producer: De La Soul & Prince Paul
Album: Buhloone Mindstate
Label: Tommy Boy/Warner Bros.
This is the song where De La come out of hiding behind a wall of abstraction and mercilessly ridicule lesser artists for their superficiality and conformity. The music is perfectly produced, with everything, from the screams to the sample of Al Hirt's "Harlem Hendoo" to Shorty's ad-libs to Pos and Dave's stream of old-school references, coming together perfectly. "Ego Trippin Pt. 2" established De La as both owners of an inimitable style and heirs to an avant-garde sensibility epitomized by Ultramagnetic MCs.