Producer: Craig B Album: Unpredictable Label: No Limit
Because of New Orleans hip-hop's tendency to wear its influences on its sleeve, it's usually (relatively) easy to follow its stylistic bloodlines from one artist to the next. The glaring exception, however, is Mystikal. There's seemingly no precedent in New Orleans hip hop—or anywhere else—for his rap style. His trademark scattershot rasp was seemingly born in a vacuum, concocted solely from the mind of the man himself, and the world is better off for it.