40. Heat 4 Yo Azz, Celly Cel
Celly Cel was a member of the early Sick wid It infantry, along with artists like Al Kapone, D-Shot and The Click. Judging by “Gin Wit No Juice,” Celly Cel and his cohorts weren’t looking to identify with Death Row’s powerful movement. E-40, who owned Sick-Wid-It, is known for being real in the field without having to talk about it too much.
Heat 4 Yo Azz is a street documentary—bullets wiz, gold diggers abound, friends die, and the cops don’t give a fuck. To answer KRS’ eternal question, Cel has to defend himself, or else he’ll be next. So is the cyclical nature of violence, but thanks to his verbal acumen, the Vallejo rapper comes through it with a classic debut album.