Album: Shyne Coldchain II (2014)
Producer: Scoop DeVille

A family tribute and tragedy, “Nate” cuts deeper than anything else Staples has done. He looks back on his father with eyes of both a child and an adult. The opening line could stop anyone in their tracks: “As a kid all I wanted was to kill a man.” Staples understands all the ways his dad went wrong, but that melts away with the beautiful sample of the soul band Bobby Taylor and the Vancouvers and the voice of James Fauntleroy: He still loves the man. (Bonus: The video is equally great.)