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. Jill Scott & Eve (Home Grown! The Beginners Guide to Understanding the Roots, Volume One, 1999/2005)
"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.
"Christmas in Harlem" is a song by hip-hop recording artist Kanye West. The track features rapper Cyhi the Prynce and R&B singer Teyana Taylor, both of whom are signed to West’s label GOOD Music. Produced by Hit-Boy, the song contains samples of "Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing" and "Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)", both by soul musician Marvin Gaye, and "Strawberry Letter 23" by singer-songwriter Shuggie Otis. The track features a holiday theme, and features various references to Christmas and customs associated with the holiday.
Originally released as a part of West’s free music giveaway series GOOD Fridays, the song was later released as a single onto iTunes on December 17, 2010. The song received positive reviews from critics, who complimented its lyrics and compared it favorably to other Christmas-themed hip-hop songs.
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.