23. Word…Life, O.C.
Don’t ask a diehard D.I.T.C. fan to choose between Word…Life and Jewelz —they’ll get broken up about it. O.C.’s debut album is impeccably produced by Buckwild with help from Lord Finesse, DJ Ogee and Organized Konfusion. It’s also somewhat dense lyrically—not that he’s talking about moving mountains, but his delivery awards repeated listens as you catch nuances in his flows from one verse to the next. And in case you forgot, there are few better ways to start a song than “You lack the minerals and vitamins, Iron and the Niacin.”