Album: The Sound of Revenge
Label: Universal/Chamillitary

When Chamillionaire split from Paul Wall and Swishahouse and missed out on the “Still Tippin’” moment of H-town going mainstream in early 2005, it seemed like he’d made a terrible mistake. But instead of leaning on the candy paint zeitgeist, King Koopa wisely banked on his facility for tuneful hooks, linking up with melodic rap forefather Krayzie Bone for the catchiest earworm ever written about crooked cops. The “Ridin’” hook remains a master class in how to craft a real chorus, with the winding, almost foreboding “They see me rollin’, they hatin’” melody setting up the anthemic “Tryin’ to catch me ridin’ dirty” refrain beautifully.