Album: Patience
Producer: DJ Spinz
Label: Epic
If any song can instantly transport you to a time or place you heard it, "Cashin' Out" is it. It's not complicated; this is just the glee of payday in song form. From DJ Spinz' cheery production to the unforgettable hook from ATLien Cash Out, the song became a national hit the old-fashioned way, burning up airplay charts and gradually conquering the country.

In the mix from clubs to parties to late-night drives with the radio on, it was a moment of unalloyed optimism on playlists that tend to the dark and aggressive, a moment of pure joy too often denied space in hip-hop clubs. -David Drake