4. Hard To Earn, Gang Starr
You may think Daily Operation is the duo's greatest album, while others think Moment Of Truth was Gang Starr’s shining moment, but neither of those LPs sound like Hard To Earn. Top moments include: the intro (pair it with RZA talking shit on the intro for disc 2 of Wu-Tang Forever), the beat switch on “Speak Ya Clout,” beats like “Mass Appeal” and “Comin’ For Datazz,” and lemonade still being a popular drink. Guru had not only come into his own, but slowly forced his way into the “best rapper out” discussion, while Premier fleshed out his sparse drum patterns for a bigger, warmer sound. The result is an album that doesn’t sound like it’s aged a year.