In the sixteen years since XXL's inception, we have spoken with a LOT of rappers about how the sausage is made with their music. Pretty much since the mag's beginnings, we have been running a reoccurring column "Train Of Thought" where hip-hop's most esteemed lyricists touch upon the inspiration for their illest verses. Over the years, we've had everybody from Kanye West to Scarface break down some the greatest verses from their songs.

XXL is looking back today at 10 of the best "Train Of Thought" features we have run in the past 16 years in the magazine. Here are the stories behind some of the best to ever do it. -B.J. Steiner