Producer: J Dilla
Album: Like Water for Chocolate
Label: MCA Records

While Dilla was best known for his production, he was no slouch on the mic either. He knew exactly how to rock over his own beats, and crafted quality hooks to accompany them. Jay Dee produced the bulk of Common's Like Water For Chocolate, so it was only right that Com Sense invited Dilla's crew, Slum Village, to participate on “Thelonius.”

The composition was masterful, featuring a great mix of thumping basslines and bleeding keys—beefed up from a choice sample of George Duke's “Vulcan Mind Probe.” And it's not debatable who had the best verse here—James Yancey lambasted imaginary players with the whole “Numbers look crooked like King Kong shook it” line.