20. Common, Resurrection (1994)
In his autobiography One Day It Will All Make Sense, Lonnie admits that he considered putting down the mic forever after his debut album sold a meager 2,000 copies when it was first released. Part of the reason for those lackluster sales might be due the annoying vocal technique he was using at the time, which saw him nearly ruin some great beats with his squeaky, high-pitched outbursts he incorporated into his delivery.
When he returned with "I Used To Love H.E.R." two years later, it was clear that Common had taken the time to refine his flow and stepped up from the amateur leagues into the majors with his newfound confidence. With No I.D. and YNot providing the rich musical tapestry of Resurrection, Com delivered a sincere and powerful statement of intent, capturing the imagination of jaded rap fanatics across the globe while ruffling the feathers of grumpy L.A. representative the Westside Connection in the process.