2. Eazy-E "Boyz-N-The-Hood" (1986)
Producer: Dr. Dre
Album: N.W.A. and the Posse
Label: Ruthless Records
"Boyz-N-The-Hood" marks the first big transition in the career of Dr. Dre, as he undertook the seemingly impossible transition from the fast L.A. electro style of the World Class Wrecking Cru to the brutal hood rap of Niggaz Wit Attitudes. There are still shards of the antiquated L.A. electro embedded in "Boyz-N-the-Hood," almost as though Dre smashed on the dance floor the forms of his club music past and reassembled them for a back alley audience in Compton.
You can hear echoes of the Wrecking Cru in the ferocious cuts (an early Dre specialty) and in the twinkling noise that hangs in the air as Eazy delivers his immortal couplet: "Cruising down the street in my six-four/Jocking the bitches, slapping the hoes." Eazy was the first rapper to flow on a Dre beat and even now, 25 years later, "Boyz N The Hood" leaves the listener wishing Eric and Andre had created a whole album together, just the two of them, one rapper and one beatmaker.
Then again, "Boyz-N-The-Hood" is so comprehensive and impeccable-it represents all the potential that would come to fruition over the rest of Dre's career-that the six-minute song feels like a complete album unto itself.