23. The UN, UN or U Out (2004)
Label: 456 Entertainment/WORLD Records
Carson Daly has proven to be more successful at championing new music on late-night TV than he was as a record label exec but the Last Call host’s short-lived 456 Entertainment imprint was responsible for at least one brilliant—if little known—rap album, in The U.N.’s U.N. Or U Out. On their lone LP, the Uniondale, L.I.-based crew (which also included former Flip Mode member Roc Marciano, of nearby Hempstead) came off sounding like a Long Island version of Wu-Tang, while rocking over some of the best—and darkest—Pete Rock and Large Professor beats you’ve probably never heard. If only Carson went all in on this record label thing, more people might have.