6. Roc-A-Fella Signs Beanie Sigel
“Y'all niggas nuts, like testicles/Hit you up in your apartment building vestibule,” rhymed a menacing Beanie Sigel on the epic 1998 Jay-Z posse cut “Reservoir Dogs.” To say that the stout newcomer came out with a Desert Eagle bang on his major label debut would be a vast understatement. Roc-A-Fella’s much hyped signing delivered on the noise. Sigel’s top 5 Billboard solo introduction, The Truth, proved to be a commercial and critical success.
The Broad Street Bully would go on to lead Philly’s next rhyme wave forming the aforementioned State Property. Perhaps Nas paid the biggest compliment to Sigel on his now infamous 2001 Jay-Z diss track “Ether,” dismissing his then label boss: “Compared to Beans, you wack.”