Producer: Kanye West
Kanye West has dedicated much of his career to collapsing, or at least confusing, the divide between "conscious" hip-hop and "mainstream" hip-hop. But before his solo career started tearing that old wall down, he was putting dents in it by producing an unlikely radio hit for Talib Kweli. But while it was one thing for a Roc-A-Fella producer to work with a Rawkus alumnus, it was quite enough for the remix to feature Jay-Z spitting alongside both members of Black Star. Later that year, Jay was shouting out Kweli and Common on The Black Album as rappers he'd aspire to write like if sales weren't a concern, which was a little surprising that it would've otherwise been in light of this remix. As Mos says, Brooklyn wins again.
1. Talib Kweli f/ Busta Rhymes, Mos Def, Kanye West and Jay-Z "Get By (Remix)" (2003)