Label: Priority, EMI

How do you follow up the revolutionary West meets East genius that was AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted? By pushing the envelope even further, of course. While Death Certificate may have lacked the sonic edge of his debut and the equally impressive Kill At Will EP with its more conventional P-Funk tracks, Cube delivered a double dose of verbal venom to compensate.

Taking shots at Korean shop-keepers, white girls,and his former N.W.A band mates with equal aplomb, the "Bitch Killa" hurt more feelings than the local pimp. Split into "Life" and "Death" sides, this record solidified O'Shea as the leading voice for the hip-hop nation—despite his polarizing views—and a master story teller.

While his subsequent musical output and film career may have diluted his legacy, the impact of Death Certificate was earth-shattering when it was released, and "No Vaseline" still makes both "Ether" and "Takeover" seem tame in comparison to the absolute brutality with which he shut down the Ruthless Records crew.