8. Gang Starr f/ Scarface "Betrayal" (1998)
Album: Moment of Truth
Label: Noo Trybe, Virgin, EMI Records
Producer: Guru, Scarface
Gang Starr albums were largely New York-only affairs, but deep cut "Betrayal" off the back end of 1998's Moment of Truth paired Primo and Guru with Scarface. The song begins with a phone call between Guru and a friend on an up north trip who suggests they grab Face for a feature. Then Primo loops up an ethereal funk sample, while Guru kicks a rhyme about a family friend turned back-stabbing revenge killer, and Scarface mourns the life of a high school sports prodigy snuffed out over a brother's debt.