Hip-Hop's Catchiest Choruses Since 2000

27. T.I. "What You Know" (2006)

Album: King
Producer: DJ Toomp
Label: Grand Hustle/Atlantic

"What You Know" is T.I. at his most stern and authoritative, a king ruling all that he surveys, and that probably shouldn't be much fun, but it is. The slow, striding DJ Toomp track is a more bombastic kind of crawl than the Houston beats in vogue at the time, and created a whole new template for Southern anthems that has yet to be improved upon. The chorus is full of throwaway lines that could've been hooks to hits on their own, from "When I chirp, shawty, chirp back" to the "Loaded .44 on the low, where the cheese at?"

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