Producer: Dr. Dre Album: The Chronic Label: Death Row Records
Even if you're not familiar with The $20,000 Pyramid, Dr. Dre's masterfully orchestrated send-up of the popular '70s TV game show still gets plenty of laughs. Possibly a small nod to De La's famous 3 Feet High and Rising game show sketches three years earlier, "The $20 Sack Pyramid" is, of course, a low-budget, gangstafied version with a woman credited as Big Tittie Nickie playing the part of host Henny Loc, while contestant Duck Mouth (played by The D.O.C.) provides clues ("En Vogue, Halle Berry, your Auntie Clarisse") and Bootnee Lee Farnsworth (played by somebody named Samara) guesses the answers ("Bitches I want to fuck!") in hopes of winning the grand prize of a dub sack and a $35 gift certificate to the Compton Swap Meet. Expertly acted with impeccable comedic timing, the skit also manages to take a shot at Compton's musical nemesis Tim Dog. These types of imaginative disses doesn't happen in hip-hop that often anymore—and boy, do we miss 'em.