Kendrick Lamar - "Rigamortis"
Producer: Willie B
Typically, melodic elements–whether live or sampled–play complementary roles to the rappers they accompany in hip-hop songs. On Kendrick Lamar's "Rigamortis," a snaking two-bar horn loop serves as a sort of challenge, a hot spur for the ensuing tour-de-force of technique. Like dueling soloists, Kendrick and the sample from jazz drummer Willie Jones III's "Thorn" engage in a sort of playful battle, making for one of the emcee's signature songs and one of the more inventive recent uses of horns in hip-hop.