Producer: Swizz Beatz
Album: Flesh Of My Flesh, Blood Of My Blood
Label: Ruff Ryders/Def Jam

“Blackout” was a classic '90s posse cut. It gave you that feeling where each rapper was in the cramped studio, laying on the floor all sweaty and carefully crafting their verses, secretly trying to outshine the next man—and perhaps even sneaking a peak at their peer's notepad.

When you have Jadakiss, Styles, Sheek, DMX, and Jay-Z all on one track, you've got to expect some stiff competition. Although Kiss received The Source's 'Hip-Hop Quotable' nod for his verse, it was no secret that Jay stole the show with lines like: “I'm a Monster/I sleep cold winters/Wake up and spit summers/Ghetto nigga, puttin' up Will Smith numbers." Ask anyone about “Blackout” and that's the first lyric they'll cite. Jay literally blacked out.