40. Dilated Peoples "Work The Angles" (1998)
Album: The Platform
Producer: Kut Masta Kurt
Alongside Jurrasic 5, the punningly named Peoples were L.A.'s standard bearers of trad rap in the '90s. And because tradition dictates that hip-hop came from New York, this track has NYC in its guts, with a sample of Phife Dawg ("not now but right now") and a lyrical reference to the Baseball Furies. Nevertheless, "Work The Angles" is a West Coast number due to the angular piano and fatback funk of Kut Master Kurt's production. Oh, and Evidence's shout-out to Lakers' color commentator Stu Lanz.