9. Creepin’ On Ah Come Up, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
Kurupt might have called them “hoes in harmony” on the opening track of Dogg Food, but by that time Bone Thugs were well on their way to becoming one of the most influential rap groups to ever touch down. Their debut EP (not counting Faces Of Death), executive produced by Eazy-E and released on his Ruthless label, shot them into the stratosphere while E.1999 and Art Of War would suspend them there.
Creepin’ On Ah Come Up had the cultish harmonies of “Mr. Ouija,” the breakout single “Thuggish Ruggish Bone” and the blunt-melting “Foe Tha Love Of $.” Their influence was felt almost immediately—in ’95, Three 6 Mafia would accuse them of biting and diss them on “Live By Yo Rep,” even though Mystic Stylez simply doesn’t compare to the Bone Thugs EP. Today, artists like A$AP Rocky and Freddie Gibbs owe elements to BTH’s fearless experimentation on their breakout project. Plus, if you haven’t already heard it, DJ Screw made the intro sound like the climactic scene in a horror movie.