MEMBERS: Ras Kass, Saafir, Xzibit
BEST KNOWN SONG: "Come Widdit," off the Street Fighter soundtrack—even though it lacked Xzibit and featured Ahmad (yes, "Back in the Days" Ahmad)
DID THEY RELEASE AN ALBUM?: Nope! Just a collection of not-that-well-mixed tracks that you'll have to scour the Internet for.
MEMBERS: Fruitkwan, Prince Paul, RZA, Too Poetic--except all with horrorcore aliases (The Gatekeeper, The Undertaker, The Rzarector, and The Grym Reaper, respectively). Cannibalistic mass murder raps FTW!
BEST KNOWN SONG: "Nowhere to Run, Nowhere to Hide" (Which also marks the last time the word "ock" was used on record)/"1-800-SUICIDE"
ALBUM?: Yup! Believe it or not, they had four albums (even though 1994's Six Feet Deep was the only decent one).
MEMBERS: BG, Juvenile, Lil Wayne, Turk
BEST KNOWN SONG: 2003's "Project Bitch." CLASSIC!
DID THEY RELEASE AN ALBUM?: Yup! Three of 'em, the most famous of which was 1999's Guerilla Warfare.
RATING (IF YOU LOVE SYRUP & STRIPPERS):
HRSMN (ORIG. THE FOUR HORSEMEN)
MEMBERS: Canibus, Killah Priest, Kurupt, Ras Kass
BEST KNOWN SONG: "Horsementality," off Canibus' 2000 B.C. (Before Canibus)
DID THEY RELEASE AN ALBUM?: Kinda! 2003's The Horsemen Project, released by Dreddy Kruger, but good luck finding that one.
RATING (IF YOU'RE INTO CONSPIRACY THEORIES):
MEMBERS: Company Flow (El-P and Big Juss), J-Treds, and Juggaknots (Breeze Brewin, Buddy Slim, Queen Herawin)
BEST KNOWN SONG: "The Fire In Which You Burn," off Co Flow's 1997 Funcrusher Plus
DID THEY RELEASE AN ALBUM?: Nope!
RATING (FOR THE "INDEPENDENT AS FUCK" MINDSET ALONE):
LA COKA NOSTRA
MEMBERS: House of Pain (Everlast, Danny Boy, DJ Lethal), Ill Bill, Slaine
BEST KNOWN SONG: 2006's "Get Outta My Way"
DID THEY RELEASE AN ALBUM?: Yup! A Brand You Can Trust came out this week on, uh, Suburban Noize Records.
RATING (IF YOU HANG OUT IN BARS FESTOONED WITH SHAMROCKS):
MEMBERS: A.L.T., Kid Frost, Mellow Man Ace, and a bunch of people we've never heard of.
BEST KNOWN SONG: "Lowrider (On the Boulevard)," featuring War. Which is cheating, if you ask us.
DID THEY RELEASE AN ALBUM?: Yup! 1991's Latin Alliance