16. Joe Public "Live & Learn" (1992)
Album: Joe Public
Producer: Lionel Job/Joe Public
It's a surprise that socially-conscious New Jack wasn't done too often, especially if it sounded as good as "Live & Learn." Sure, the party tracks were cool, but this quartet was more interested in making listeners more aware of the world around them. As great as everything was, everybody still died eventually, crime was still a problem, and Mary still had to prostitute. Sucks—but at least we got to listen to that catchy bassline.