11. Big Pun feat. Joe, "Still Not A Player"
Uptown, baby. The late great Big Punisher drops a
utopian celebration of hip-hop's cross-cultural diversity circa 1998 – hardcore
and pop, reggae and quiet storm, Nuyorican and Dirty South, butter pecan and
blackberry molasses. The South Bronx's biggest man teams up with Georgia-born
R&B heart-throb crooner Joe to serenade "highly intelligent
bachelorettes." The bittersweet piano hook and the "boricua,
morena" sing-along chant have echoed on ever since. Big Pun's uptown ends
up sounding a lot like Prince's – a place where it's all about being free.