8. State Property Runs The Streets And Beyond
In the early 2000’s, one of the most impactful rhyme cliques hailed from the City of Brotherly of Love. At their height, Roc-A-Fella’s State Property boasted a roster that included lead rhymer Beanie Sigel (more on Mack later), Freeway, the Young Gunz duo of Young Chris and Neef), Peedi Crakk, Oschino, and Omillio Sparks. After their 2002 soundtrack album for the cult street flick State Property, the two-fisted MC’s followed team leader Sigel with various degrees of solo success.
There was a sneaky diversity to State Property. The crew showed a propensity to deliver chart hits (the crossover radio favorite “Roc the Mic”), ‘hood anthems (Freeway’s exceptional Jay-Z featured “What We Do”), and enough style-changing flows to lyrically influence the rap landscape. Remember, it wasn’t just label boss Jigga taking cues from Young Gunz’ cool-handed, rhyme approach.