Album: Neighborhood Watch
Producer: Kanye West
Label: Capitol

At the time, Kanye could bless Jigga with hits like “Encore,” then turn around and give “Get By” to Talib Kweli. He was the happy medium between backpack and commercial rap, and his work offended neither side.

On "This Way," he overshadowed the verses of both Evidence and Rakaa, but also gave the West Coast trio their first and only Billboard Hot 100 hit, and offered one of the best observations ever featured on a rap song: “I don’t know what’s better, gettin’ laid or gettin’ paid/I just know when I’m gettin’ one the other’s gettin’ away.”