Ice Cube, AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted (1990)

Label: Priority

Roc Marciano: “To me, that’s like the gangster version of The Great Adventures of Slick Rick. The storytelling is next level, but it’s all gangster stories. It’s ridiculous. [Even on his next album, Death Certificate, that song] ‘Summer Vacation.’ What? ‘My homie got shot he’s a goner black/St. Louis niggas want their corner back/Shootin’ in snowy weather/It’s illegal business, niggas still can’t stick together.’ Damn, Cube. I don’t pride myself on that, but we used to take little out of town trips to try and get our little money, so I can relate to these stories.

“And how big was it for Cube to leave N.W.A and come to my hood to record with Public Enemy and The Bomb Squad? That kind of just let me know that where we were at, was where it’s at. For Cube to come to New York, and not only New York, but to come to Long Island and work with The Bomb Squad. That was big. I’m proud of that.”