Summer Anne’s Best 125 Songs of the 2000s: #57

"Guns and Cigarettes" by Atmosphere

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One of the sassiest, smartest, funniest rhymes of the 00s. These boys love to play with the huge-ego hip-hop persona, and this song is their take on it at it’s most ridiculous. There’s a great juxtaposition between the verses — desperately defensive and a little bit lonely (“I’m lonely without a woman that wants to spar”) — and the big balls of the chorus (“Bigger than the Beatles and bigger than breast implants”). Awesome.

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