5th Ward Boyz – Ghetto Dope (1993)Standouts: “Studio Gangster” “Pleeze” “Thanks for the Blessing”
Following the popularity of the Geto Boys, Rap-A-Lot wanted another group to achieve similar success. They might not exactly have been next in line for the Southern crown, but 007 and E-Rock managed to pump out more Ghetto Dope for everybody to rock with. Mike Dean and N.O. Joe handle most of the crisp, riding production, but it’s the brash, unapologetic style of E-Rock and 007 that make the 5th Ward Boyz so fun to listen to.
Subsequent albums had the same elements (with the addition of Lo-Life after his release from prison), but none of them popped out of speakers the way Ghetto Dope does. It’s held up as one of the best albums to ever come out of the legendary Rap-A-Lot camp.