Label: Ruthless, Priority
N.W.A.'s incredible second full-length was a middle finger to critics and censors everywhere. After the group was targeted by parents, the press and politicians for their music's explicit, violent content, the LP's name showed the Compton crew was doubling down, proudly waving the N-word at detractors. "It's plain to see, you can't change me, 'Cause I'm a be a n---a for life," they rapped on the title track's hook. N.W.A. gets extra props for slickly reversing the album name on the cover to pull a fast one on retailers and censors.
20. N.W.A., Efil4zaggin (1991)