Jay-Z - Ain’t No Nigga feat. Foxy Brown (Reasonable Doubt, 1996)
"Ain’t No Nigga" is the second single from the rapper Jay-Z’s first album, Reasonable Doubt, and is featured on the soundtrack to the 1996 Eddie Murphy movie, "The Nutty Professor". It features a long verse of rapping from a then 16-year old Foxy Brown.
"Paranoid" is a song by American hip hop recording artist Kanye West, released March 24, 2009 as the fourth and final single from his fourth studio album, 808s & Heartbreak (2008). The song was co-produced with Jeff Bhasker and Plain Pat, while co-written by the three along with Consequence and Kid Cudi.The original version of the song, which appears on the album, features Mr Hudson, an English R&B/alternative rock singer who had recently been signed to West’s GOOD Music label.
2Pac - Do For Love (R U Still Down? (Remember Me), 1997)
"Do for Love" (originally titled ‘Sucka 4 Luv’ in its unreleased form) was the second posthumously released single by Tupac Shakur from his second posthumous album R U Still Down? (Remember Me). The vocal sample is from “What You Won’t Do for Love" by Bobby Caldwell. It charted at #21 on the Billboard Hot 100, and #12 in the UK.
Janet Jackson - Got ’Til It’s Gone (Ummah Jay Dee’s Revenge Mix) (1997)
One of the more contentious moments in Dilla’s career is an issue of attribution. Yancey claimed co-authorship of this song alongside Tip and Ali Shaheed Muhammad, and the original version of “Got ‘Til It’s Gone” bears all the hallmarks of the Ummah style: neo-soul electric pianos, subdued kicks paired with prominent snares, and bass that burbles so thickly that it flows instead of pops. But the official production credits name Jackson, Jimmy Jam, and Terry Lewis alone.
Jhené Aiko - Stay Ready (What A Life) feat. Kendrick Lamar (Sail Out Ep, 2013)
Tell me find your spot with the warning that I might slip And when you climb on top that’s the ultimate road trip Ride on me like you’re Pac got me thinkin’ it’s 96’ I can rap on some nineties shit, wrap your leggings around my hip I’m so into it tourists want to come speculate But if I stay monogamous promise this kiss will always taste like candy And yea, it’s obvious momma now probably can’t stand me I’m sure they’re tired of this look that you have when you’re antsy We gon’ fuck around (Mmm), we gon’ fuck around And triple through triplets of babies right now And that might break the record and no, that don’t mean you’re fertile That means we’re fucking reckless, plus we don’t use protection I find myself reading old text messages when I’m bored We find ourselves sexting ‘til that connection is restored I know that sounds immature, but if we never grow up Then I wish you good luck on the seas that’s inside this wall
“Being with you is a top priority. Ain’t no need to question the authority. Chairman of the board, the chief of affections. You got mine’s to swing in your direction. Hey, you’re like a hip-hop song, you know? Bonita Applebum, you gotta put me on.”—A Tribe Called Quest (Bonita Applebum, 1990)
"Can It Be All So Simple" features rapping from Ghostface Killah and Raekwon. Its lyrics deal with a glorified mafioso lifestyle. In the song, Raekwon and Ghostface discuss the hardships of growing up in New York City during the 80s, and how they want to live a lavish and famous lifestyle to escape the hardships of life. The music video was directed by Hype Williams, with images similar to the song’s content and a cameo by MC Eiht.
A remix, with new lyrics can be found on Raekwon’s debut album Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…. Lauryn Hill’s “Ex-Factor” uses the break beat from “Can It Be All So Simple”.
The song samples “I’m Going Down” by Rose Royce. It held the number one spot on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles for five weeks straight. It also held the number one spot on the Hot Rap Tracks. It peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100. The song is produced by Just Blaze who originally made it for Memphis Bleek.
Justin Timberlake - Like I Love You feat. Clipse (Justified, 2002)
“Like I Love You" is a song recorded by American singer Justin Timberlake featuring hip-hop duo Clipse for his debut studio album Justified (2002). Released in 2002, the Neptunes-produced single peaked at #11 on the U.S.Billboard Hot 100. It also peaked at #2 in the United Kingdom. The song’s drums were an ode to the funk era according to producer Pharrell Williams, who came up with the music loop. This track received a nomination at the Grammy Awards of 2003 for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.
The Roots - You Got Me feat. Erykah Badu & Eve (Things Fall Apart, 1999)
"You Got Me" is a song by the hip hop band The Roots, featuring vocals by Erykah Badu (who sings the chorus) and Eve, then known as Eve of Destruction, who raps the second verse but does not appear in the music video. She is often thought to be the female that Black Thought lays next to on the concrete at the end, but was merely just a resembling female. The track was released as a single from the band’s fourth studio album, Things Fall Apart (1999).
"You Got Me" was co-written by musician Jill Scott, who recorded vocals for the song’s chorus and bridge. Her part was subsequently re-recorded by Badu at the insistence of MCA Records, who wanted a higher-profile collaboration for the album’s official lead single (at the time, Scott was relatively unknown outside of Philadelphia). When the group later went on tour, Scott joined them during performances of the song. The original version was later released on the 2005 compilation Home Grown! The Beginners Guide to Understanding the Roots, Volume One.
The song garnered The Roots and Badu a Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group in 2000.