Will Smith Big Willie Style (1997)
For many, Big Willie Style was the impetus for the so-called "Jiggy" era. You can blame gigantic single "Gettin' Jiggy Wit' It" for that, as it propelled the wearing of shiny suits, style over substance, and the like. Blaming a single dude for starting a whole "mess" is one thing, but to toss aside Will Smith's solo debut as the cause for hip-hop's downfall is another. Yes, "Gettin' Jiggy Wit' It" and "Miami" are pretty much insufferable to this day, but that's because they were such masterful pop tracks that they've been played to death.
"Y'all Know" remains a feel-good, boom-bappy jam and "Yes Yes Y'all" with Camp Lo was decent, too. "Don't Say Nothin'" still hits with its fuck-off-haters honesty while the album's other singles, "Just the Two of Us" and "Men in Black" are undeniably catchy.