467. Jay-Z Featuring UGK, 'Big Pimpin''
Writers: Jay-Z, Bun B, Pimp C, Timbaland, Kyambo Joshua
Released: Dec. '99, Roc-A-Fella
20 weeks; No. 18
For this thumping ode to conspicuous consumption, the king of New York rap hooked up with Houston rap dons UGK over a beat that sounds like it was cut in Cairo. Timbaland allegedly based the melody on a 1957 song by Egyptian Abdel Halim Hafez.
Appears on: Vol. 3: Life and Times of S. Carter (Roc-A-Fella)