Producer: Organized Noize
Album: ATLiens
Label: LaFace/Arista

ATLiens was OutKast's chance to prove that the critical attention their debut record garnered was no fluke, and album opener "Two Dope Boyz (In a Cadillac)" managed to do just that. From Big Boi's statement of purpose ("Every time I rhyme for y'all, I'm looking to prove a point") to beat's haunting two-note vocal sample to Andre's live-wire freestyle that closes out the song, "Two Dope Boyz" had a coiled, tense energy, only relieved by the sound effect that cuts off the chorus to bring it to a conclusion. —David Drake