Never Be Nothing Like Me
Label: Koch Records
Miami-based Terror Squad affiliate DJ Khaled has one of the biggest rolodexes in the business, and he puts it to good use on his excellent Koch debut. Jadakiss (aka "Al Qaeda Jada") and Beanie Segal deliver street bravado and meta-rap critique over the eerily hypnotic piano line of "Problem." The smash hit "Holla at Me" is spare and propulsive, and features Lil' Wayne, Paul Wall, Pitbull and Rick Ross -- making it one of the best Southern posse cuts of this decade. Elsewhere, Twista, T.I., Kanye West, John Legend and Young Jeezy show up to give their support.