23. Jean Grae “Love Thirst” (2008)

Album: Jeanius

Label: Blacksmith

Producer: 9th Wonder

Peter Rosenberg: “‘Love Thirst’ is a dope, funky, soulful, sexy record from Jean Grae, who easily could have ended up higher on the list if she had more notable songs that blew up. But that’s not who Jean is. She’s a happy performing/writing/recording artist who has never really been about the rap life, and just makes dope music. But if you really break it down in terms of skill and live performance and charisma, she really could be one of the best female MCs ever. She’s so special, and charming. Without even trying, Jean Grae will make a straight woman fall in love with her.”