26. THE INFAMOUS (1995)
Artist: Mobb Deep
Production: Havoc, Prodigy, Q-Tip
Acclaim: Prodigy and Havoc make violent tales of dangerous drug deals, Hennessy-soaked beatdowns and Queensbridge, New York housing project shootouts sound unusually elegant.
Peak moment: The harrowing "Shook Ones (Part II") on which Havoc declares, "For every rhyme I write it’s 25 to life."