11. Favor for a Favor – prod. by L.E.S.

It took a while, but we finally have a track with the rapper who I personally consider to be the G.O.A.T., Nasir “Nas” Jones. Although this song be among Nas’ best in terms of storytelling, morality, or lyricism, the beat by Leshan Davis Lewis (L.E.S.), who previously worked with Nas on “Life’s A Bitch” from the classic Illmatic, is absolutely stunning. I Am… received its fair share of criticism as an album, but Scarface’s vicious verses and the somber production make this an absolute gem. It’s no wonder that L.E.S. would go on to produce for heavyweights like AZ, LL Cool J, and Will Smith (my roommate giggles as I add the Fresh Prince to this list).

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