8. 50 Cent "Wanksta" (2002)
Album: 8 Mile soundtrack
Producer: John "J-Praize" Freeman
Label: Aftermath/Interscope/Shady/G-Unit Records
Conventional rap wisdom states that it's fine and good to make hits, and to go at other rappers' necks on wax, but not as the same time; you put "Izzo" on the A side and "Takeover" on the B side. But 50 Cent was never one for obeying the traditional boundaries of beef, from his breakthrough single "How To Rob" to the 2005 single "Window Shopper," which came in two mixes: one that named the rappers who he was insulting as window shoppers, and one that didn't. "Wanksta," however, remains Fif's greatest power play, a playground taunt at Ja Rule that was so catchy that it set 50 up for the megaselling success he'd soon enjoy while helping to take his opponent down a peg.