The 100 Best Native Tongues Songs

26. De La Soul f/ Common "The Bizness" (1996)

Producer: De La Soul
Album: Stakes Is High
Label: Tommy Boy/Warner Bros.

The beat sounds tailor-made for a freestyle cipher, so Pos, Dave, and guest Common treat it as such, dropping quotables galore. Favorite line has to be Pos' "My rhyme escalates like black death rates/Over musical plates." Or maybe Dave's "Of course it's much greater than your Benz or your Lex/The engine to my comprehension is just too complex." Or maybe Common's "Not a hater of the players, I'm more like a coach, or an owner/I used to love H.E.R., but now I bone H.E.R." You get the point.

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