34. Fat Joe f/ R. Kelly "We Thuggin'" (2001)
Album: Jealous Ones Still Envy (J.O.S.E.)
Producer: Ron G, R. Kelly
Label: Atlantic, Murder Inc.
We don't need to tell you that R. Kelly is a genius, whose hooks are often little symphonies of clubbing majesty. But we might need to remind you that "We Thuggin'" is one of the jewels of his catalog, every bit the masterpiece "Ignition (Remix)" is. From those ascending "ooh-ooh-ooh" backing harmonies, to the relentless cadence that reaches its apex with the high notes of "I got four hun-nies in the drop," it's the banger that keeps on giving. And when the hook is done, he keeps coming back with more chants, like "Fat Joe, R. Kelly, we proper" and "Some of these kids is doing they own thing/But none of these kids stack chips like us."