Hip-Hop's Catchiest Choruses Since 2000

43. Jay-Z f/ Pharrell "I Just Wanna Love U (Give It To Me)" (2000)

Album: The Dynasty: Roc La Familia
Producer: The Neptunes
Label: Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam

By now, it feels like an entire generation has been up all night to get lucky now and then to the sound of Pharrell Williams's endearingly cracked falsetto. But there was a time, around the turn of the century, when the more public half of the Neptunes hitmaking braintrust just threw his amateur Curtis Mayfield routine onto tracks as a scratch vocal, to be replaced by a more technically proficient hook singer. That is, until clients like Mystikal and Jay-Z started leaving his voice on the track with platinum results. Jigga has rarely sounded like he's having more fun in the booth than on "I Just Wanna Love U," darting in and out of Pharrell's melodic delivery. But then there's a third, less familiar voice cutting through the middle of the hook—as it turns out, Omillio Sparks, a State Property second-stringer who barely has a handful of verses in the Roc-A-Fella discography, but ended up hollering a memorable Rick James interpolation about "That funk, that sweet, that nasty, that gushy stuff" on one of Hov's biggest hits.

Tags: jay_z, pharrell
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