34. 6 Feet Deep, Gravediggaz
It’s crazy to think that RZA and Prince Paul were in the same group after the initial success of De La Soul and Wu-Tang. Rzarector’s drunken monkey style is in full effect here while the Gatekeeper and the Grym Reaper keep their flows more in line over expert Undertaker (Prince Paul) beats. Paul claims he was depressed at the time and he felt lucky for finding a group of like-minded guys.
6 Feet Deep was originally named "Niggamortis," but you gotta give a little to get a little, so if they wanted to talk about suicide and cups of blood, they had to have a softer album title. They shopped their demo around for a year and were rejected by the likes of Jive and Def Jam, perhaps because Russell had the Flatlinerz lined up. Eazy-E met with the group with interest to sign them to Ruthless, but it must have been one of those Jerry Heller gigs, because Prince Paul said the deal was wack. “Diary Of A Madman” ended up getting play on Hot 97 (even though Funkmaster Flex didn’t want to play it), and today people see Gravediggaz for much more than a simple gimmick.