13. Jermaine Dupri f/ Jay-Z "Money Ain't A Thang" (1998)
Album: Life in 1472
Label: So So Def, Roc-A-Fella
Producer: Jermaine Dupri
"Money Ain't a Thang," So So Def maestro Jermaine Dupri's classic 1998 collaboration with Jay-Z, began with Dupri listening back to Jay's Reasonable Doubt before a planned meeting between the two. Struck by the "Bouncing on the highway switching four lanes, screaming through the rooftop, money ain't a thing" line from "Can't Knock the Hustle," JD re-purposed the line into a chorus, looped up a funk sample underneath, and came out with a chart smash. Jay made it a hot line, Dupri made it a hot song.