19. 50 Cent "In Da Club" (2003)
Album: Get Rich or Die Tryin'
Producer: Dr. Dre, Mike Elizondo
Label: Shady, Aftermath, Interscope
After years of honing his hook writing skills by killing the mixtape game as damn near the only rapper who wrote original choruses to go with his freestyles, 50 Cent hit the ground running once the Shady/Aftermath deal was inked. There were no tentative buzz singles or experiments; he just went into the studio with Dre, and came out with a spotless, titanium-plated megahit. But "In Da Club" is a surprisingly wordy chorus for such a huge pop hit, almost as if the simplicity of those massive synth brass notes kept things direct enough that 50 could just say whatever he wanted in that catchy cadence.