16. Young Dro f/ T.I. "Shoulder Lean" (2006)
Album: Best Thang Smokin'
Producer: Lil C
Label: Grand Hustle
In 2006, T.I. was at the peak of his reign as king of the south, an MC with endless gravitas amid a land of 'ringtone rappers.' So it was a kick to hear him cut loose on such a fun, simple song as "Shoulder Lean," something that would've felt lightweight on King but worked perfectly for an artist like Young Dro, who's approach has always been some more frivolous yet more lyrical than Tip's. The way T.I.'s voice turns upward, into a higher register than he usually lets us hear, as he instructs us to "get it right, two step and let your shoulder learn," he sounds downright joyful.