Nowadays, every rapper is a lover—sorry, LL!—but Mary J. Blige circa '94 aside, there's been precious little female soul for the discerning thug. Jiggaman must've whispered in Beyoncé's ear: "Soldier," a transfixing number, might do for r&b what "I'll Be There for You/You're All I Need to Get By" never did for rap: convince the other team of its merits as an entrée, not a side. DC bring ringers T.I. and Lil Wayne, Jigga groupies both, but don't need them so long as Beyoncé nails the hip swivel and eye arch that come with "I know some soldiers in here/wouldn't mind taking one for me." (Self-awareness alert: A rap-only remix is forthcoming featuring Nas, Ice Cube, Bun... More >>>