14. ENTER THE WU-TANG (36 CHAMBERS) (1993)
Artist: Wu-Tang Clan
Acclaim: Kung-Fu flick obsessions; ‘hood-fueled street drama; and quirky, genre-busting sampling courtesy of the RZA; indeed, the nine-man Staten Island rhyme clique was as inventive as it was lyrically frightening.
Peak moment: The Wu’s most slept-on MC Inspectah Deck eloquently describes ghetto life as, “Living in the world, no different from a cell” on a chilling “C.R.E.A.M.” verse.