Album: Country Grammar
Producer: Jason "Jay E" Epperson
Label: Derrty/Universal

Rap hooks often rely on a simple, sing-song melody not unlike a nursery rhyme or jump rope song. But one of the biggest pop rap breakthroughs of all time was especially bold it, jacking the playground chant “Down Down Baby” and giving it a hip-hop twist with Range Rovers, street sweepers and instructions to “light it up and take a puff.” Nelly’s nobody’s idea of subversive, but you gotta give him credit for dropping lines like that into what was considered one of the more family-friendly rap hits of the era. The best part? There’s no known author of "Down Down Baby," so Nelly and producer Jay E didn’t have to split their songwriting royalties with anyone else.