26. Channel Live "Mad Izm (1995)
Producer: KRS-One, Rheji Burrell, Salaam Remi
Album: Station Identification
Label: Capitol / EMI Records
Years before weed rap became like, a thing, Channel Live hit it big with "Mad Izm," a song about... well... smoking. "Wake up in the morning got the yearning for herb," is how group member Hakim Green opens his verse. Indeed. Buoyed by an appearance from KRS-One, the song made it to No. 3 on Billboard's Hot Rap Singles chart. Although rap would continue to suffer from a chronic case of reefer madness, Channel Live never did recapture their spark.