Album: Aaliyah (2001)

It's the most informal of Aaliyah's collaborations with Static Major, who helped write the majority of the tracks on her 2001 self-titled album. That makes it the perfect window into their friendship. The title and hook refer to the term they jokingly shared, and on "Loose Rap" she's playful underneath his warped production-her layered harmonies come at you from different directions through his synths and stops. At heart the song's just a taunt ("I know you can come better, can come better than that") and they're two friends boasting and laughing before Aaliyah's ad libs carry us to the end. It's like she endured some lame's come on and then walked away carefree, busting on some fool with her boy. —Elena Bergeron

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