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5. Jay-Z & Kanye West “Otis,” Watch the Throne (2011)

Official Release Date: July 20, 2011
Hov and ‘Ye introduced their collabo LP with a little too much bluster via the Lex Luger-powered “H.A.M.” But then Yeezy tapped on the MP a few times and chopped up Otis Redding’s “Try a Little Tenderness” like he was a master chef and suddenly the duo were back in business. The back-to-basics track was cheered for tag-team delivery, high energy sample work and its lack of a traditional chorus. Despite it’s F.U. radio appeal, the song peaked at No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and eventually earned The Throne a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap song. Now that’s hard as a muthafucka!