Album: Trap Muzik
Producer: David Banner
Label: Grand Hustle/Atlantic

"Rubber Band Man" was already T.I.'s de facto theme song by the time it was released as the third single from Trap Muzik in late 2003, capping off a tumultuous year in which Tip beefed with Lil' Flip and did a stint in jail while his breakthrough album was racking up plaques. "Call me 'trouble man'/Always in trouble, man" continued to resonate throughout his later legal ordeals, even inspiring the title of his latest studio LP. It may be a little quaint now to think about a time when Clifford Harris would brag about being only "worth a couple hundred grand," but nobody can knock him for still performing that perfect hook on tour while he earns more than that every night.