37. Funkdafied, Da Brat
Funkdafied doesn’t sound like any other album on this list—and no, it’s not because a woman is spitting. After winning the grand prize at a rap competition in ’92, Da Brat met Kris Kross and was introduced to Jermaine Dupri, who signed her and began developing her image as a female Snoop (it’s apparent not only in her voice, but in how much weed she smokes on the record.) As only the second album to be released on So So Def, Funkdafied was also the second one that to go platinum.
Before the beat drops on each song, you’re expecting to hear a generic drum kit. As a production mastermind, Dupri made sure that every track stood out from the next, and as a whole the album stood out from any others in the field. He also wrote the single “Funkdafied” and incorporated an Isley Brothers sample, thus hitting the lotto with the first solo female rapper to ever sell 1,000,000 records.