How Come | D12 World (2004) | D12
This is a song that gets to the emotional side of D12, with each verse being a message of sadness about the shifting dynamics of friendship. The hook opens with Em talking about the change in his relationship with all of D12 and it just isn’t the same between them anymore. In retrospect this song teaches a powerful lesson about staying connected with the people you care about, because when Proof died years later he and Eminem still had unresolved issues.
”You ran the streets,I 9 to 5ed it/ We grew up, grew apart as time went by us/ And I blew up to both yours and mines surprises” - Eminem
Life’s A Bitch ft. AZ | Illmatic (1994) | Nas
The song stands out amongst the insane debut from Nas, because the feature that AZ delivers as well as his hook and contribution to the intro. “Life’s a bitch then you die, that’s why we get high/ ‘Cause never know when you’re gonna go.” Nas, of course, holds his own of course with yet another fire classic verse, but just misses short of beating out AZ.
“Visualizin’ the realism of life in actuality/ Fuck who’s the baddest,a person’s status depends on salary/ And my mentality is money-oriented” - AZ
Drive Slow ft. Paul Wall & GLC | Late Registration (2005) | Kanye West
This track showcases Kanye’s ability as more than a rapper, with the production being the most standout moment of the song. His incredibly sampling of “Wildflower” by Hank Crawford makes for the perfect blend of jazz and hip-hop. At the end of the song the production begins to become chopped and slowed, a testament to his ability to predict the future of music.
“Hit Lake Shore, girls go all crazy/ Hit the freeway, go at least ‘bout eighty/ Boned so much that summer, even had him a baby/ See back-back-then-then, if you had a car/ You was the Chi-Town version of Baby” - Kanye West