58. Lord Tariq & Peter Gunz, "Deja Vu (Uptown Baby)"
A Bronx anthem for a very Brooklyn year, with Lord Tariq and Peter Gunz reminding everyone that "If it wasn't for the Bronx, this rap shit probably never would be going on." (Something so gangsta about that "probably.") The duo rhyme over the bass line from Steely Dan's superthug classic "Black Cow." An expensive sampling choice, since Donald Fagen and Walter Becker ended up owning the whole copyright, but a brilliant one, as Tariq and Gunz do the boogie-down proud with a hip-hop royal scam.