29. Ocean Of Funk, E.S.G.
Everyday Street Gangsta is a Houston rapper down with DJ Screw’s Screwed Up Click. If the album cover doesn’t immediately convince you to spin the LP, perhaps the fact that E.S.G.’s classic “Swangin and Bangin” is the main sample for Drake’s “HYFR.”
Ocean Of Funk is tailor made for rolling in a slab during the summertime thanks to expert production from Sean ‘Solo’ Jemison, who would go on to produce other classic albums by Lil’ Keke and Big Pokey. Today, E.S.G., like many rappers from the S.U.C., aren’t as celebrated as their patriarch, but a quick survey of topics on the album—crooked cops, close friends, and the death of family members—shows that Ocean Of Funk is much more than a bed of flawless beats.