Song: "Renaissance Man" (2007)

No one will ever confuse Keanu Reeves with Laurence Fishburne, and no, not just because of skin color. Neo's and Morpheus' acting abilities are universes apart. So it's a tiny bit of a letdown that such gripping words from The Matrix (1999) which are integrated into the beginning of Jay Electronica's "Renaissance Man," couldn't have been better delivered. Still, the monologue works, slowly building an atmospheric setting that leads listeners into an alternate realm.

"I know you're out there," states Neo. "I can feel you now. I know that you're're afraid of us. You're afraid of change. I don't know the future. I didn't come here to tell you how this is going to end. I came here to tell you how it's going to begin. I'm going to hang up this phone, and then I'm going to show these people what you don't want them to see. I'm going to show them a world without you. A world without rules and controls, without borders or boundaries. A world where anything is possible. Where we go from there is a choice I leave to you." May the rejuvenation of hip-hop continue.