5. The Diary, Scarface
File this as another reason why ’94 is rap’s greatest year. Face has had many phases of his career, but with The Diary he reached his most personal. The production progressed beyond the breakbeats of Mr. Scarface Is Back into full-blown symphonies thanks to Mike Dean and N.O. Joe, but it’s the emotive storytelling of Brad Jordan that makes this album punch you in the gut. “I Seen A Man Die” might be the illest song of his career.