13. N.W.A "Fuck Tha Police" (1988)
Album: Straight Outta Compton
Label: Priority, Ruthless
Producer: Dr. Dre, DJ Yella
The song that put N.W.A on the FBI's radar was also the one most often cited as predicting the simmering tensions that would explode four years later during the Los Angeles riots. For all its sociopolitical significance, "Fuck Tha Police" is first and foremost a great rap record. Framed as a court case with Judge Dre presiding and prosecuting attorneys MC Ren, Ice Cube, and Eazy Muthafuckin' E, this one's an open and shut case.