48. Marley Marl, 'The Symphony'
In Control, Volume 1, 1988
Wizardly producer Marley Marl dials up a beat for the ages – a ferocious drum break and Otis Redding piano loop – and summons the cream of his Juice Crew affiliates. The result is the first truly great posse cut. Sharpest couplet: Kool G Rap ("Making veterans run for medicine/'Cause I put out more lights in a fight than Con Edison"). MVP: Marley Marl.