44. J. Cole "Lights Please" (2009)
Album: The Warm Up
Producer: J. Cole
Label: Roc Nation
On first listen "Lights Please" doesn't sound like a story telling track, but it is. It's a self-contained story that doesn't even leave the bedroom but still has plenty happening in it beyond sex. Cole rhymes on both a micro level—about what's happening between him and the girl he's with—and the macro level about what the girl's small-minded worldview says about the culture. "Lights Please" isn't just a great story telling song, but one of his best songs ever.