Album: Thugs Are Us
Producer: Righteous Funk Boogie
Label: Slip-N-Slide Records

Ever since Jay-Z plundered the Annie soundtrack for multi-platinum glory, the pop appeal and subversive underbelly of a chorus of little kids singing the hook of a big, booming rap song has been irresistible to countless rappers. And that's true of perhaps nobody more than Trick Daddy, who included singing tykes to great effect throughout his career, on "Amerika," "I Wanna Sang," and of course, "The Children's Song." But the main reason we know Trick love the kids is "I'm A Thug," his 2001 crossover smash, in which a crowd of elementary schoolers proudly declares "All day every day, baby 'cause I'm a thug/Wouldn't change for the world."