100 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs of All Time

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71. Jay Z and Kanye West, "Ni**as in Paris"

"Don't let me get in my zone," West raps. Too late. Recorded at the Le Meurice hotel in Paris, this minimalist thunderbolt embodied Ye's claim that his music was "where art meets commercial." But the song is no breezy high-life jam: West barks about wilding out in France, while Jay imagines the dark fate that could have awaited him had he not become Jay Z.

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