Label: Chrysalis/EMI Records

The duo of DJ Premier and Guru have in many ways influenced later hip-hop gems like Nas' Illmatic and The Notorious B.I.G.'s Ready To Die . The evidence is in their third album Daily Operation , which set the standards for streetwise, socially conscious East Coast rap. Songs like “Ex Girl To Next Girl” and “Take It Personal” are straight ill '90s cuts, accented by Premo's jazz-influenced beats. Nearly 20 years later, true hip-hop heads are still bumping this classic.