50 Cent feat. Mobb Deep, "Outta Control" (2005)
Arriving at the tail end of 50 Cent's reign as the biggest star in rap, "Outta Control" has the untroubled panache of a man at the peak of his powers. His harmonized, subtly halting hook – "You…know…I…got…what it takes to make the club go outta control" – sounds like effortlessly made ear candy. Havoc and the recently deceased New York rap hero Prodigy easily segue from their Mobb Deep reputation as Queensbridge murders to thugs sipping bubbly and enjoying the models at the party. Dre and Mike Elizondo's sparsely effective interplay of halting piano keys, skidding strings, and Dre's patented bass drum thumps makes "Outta Control" a mid-2000s hit that's easy to love, but hard to reproduce.