4. Nappy Roots f/ P.O.D. "Awnaw" (2002)
Album: Watermelon, Chicken, & Gritz
Nappy Roots’ all-up-in-it vocals mesh something lovely with Marcos Curiel’s crackalackin power chords on the coda (as these things often are) to 2002’s top selling hip-hop album, Nappy’s Watermelon, Chicken & Gritz, an otherwise gritty, stripped-down rap album. The Kentucky kids bang out unapologetic Southern fried rootah-to-the-tootah style verses set to fat P.O.D.-flavored riffs, including a smoking solo by Marcos over some turntable ballistics to close out this Madden 3 MVP—one of the blowin'-your-doors-offenist sonic assaults of the 21st century.