Producer: DJ Premier
Album: Reasonable Doubt / In My Lifetime, Vol. 1
Label: Roc-A-Fella/Priority/Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam

When you think of hip-hop's greatest story tellers, names like Slick Rick, Ice Cube, and Scarface typically come to mind. But rarely do you hear Jay's name mentioned—possibly because he rarely flexes his muscle in the story-telling department. But when he does, it's serious, B.

Enter the “Friend or Foe” series, where Jay spins a tale of would-be drug dealers who unknowingly set up shop on Jay's block. The song is typical of the always in control Hov as he promises violence and brandishes a pistol without ever raising his voice. Did you really think you could get by with trying to move work in Hov's territory? Nah, right?

The worst part is that even after Jay gave them a pass on their first attempt (after making them promise to never, no matter the weather, ever, ever, ever come around here no more), they returned in '98 only to meet their maker. In a two hotel town, at that.