Hip-Hop's Catchiest Choruses Since 2000

14. Three 6 Mafia f/ Young Buck, 8Ball & MJG "Stay Fly" (2005)

Album: Most Known Unknown
Producer: DJ Paul, Juicy J
Label: Sony BMG

A six-man posse cut entirely comprised of MCs from the perennially slept-on state of Tennessee is not a typical recipe for a monster hit. That is, unless you also have a monster hook. Whether it's the original "Stay High or the more famous bowdlerized radio edit version, the hook of "Stay Fly" remains a mind-numbingly simple mantra: "gotta stay fly/ til I die." But it's the way Juicy J stretches out the vowels at the end of each line of the couplet that makes it immortal, with his voice being muted and then cut back in, over half a dozen times, in time with the track's delirious, Willie Hutch-sampling beat.

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