22. A Constipated Monkey, Kurious
Fuck “g” – Kurious owned his Puerto Rican heritage and told gringos to “Spell It Wit A J” on his highly regarded debut album. Released on Bobbito’s first independent record label Hoppoh, A Constipated Monkey was dominated by production from The Beatnuts and SD 50’s with help from The Groove Merchantz and Pete Nice & Daddy Rich. The sample choice is astounding, ranging from Junior Mance to Dizzy Gillespie, and Kurious is a brutally slept-on MC, walking the streets with innocent eyes wide open. The CM crew was also known for their comedy, so it’s not only the music that makes Constipated Monkey a classic; it’s the atmosphere that engulfs the record—laidback, lighthearted, and yes, curious. That “Uptown Shit” bassline is not to be missed, either.