19. Eric B. & Rakim, Let the Rhythm Hit 'Em (1990)
Label: MCA Records
Eric B. and Rakim's third LP isn’t as celebrated as its predecessors, Paid In Full and Follow the Leader, but tracks like “In The Ghetto,” “Untouchables” and “Mahogany” were among The God MC's most advanced lyrical demonstrations, and hold up as well as anything in his catalog. Let the Rhythm Hit 'Em was equally impressive on the production side, thanks to the involvement of the late SP-1200 wizard Paul “Paul C.” McKasty and his then-unknown protégé, Large Professor. The beats on this LP really were as bangin' as its title suggests, though it would be the last time Ra, or anyone, would work with Paul C.: he was killed while the LP was in production.