24. Immortal Technique "Peruvian Cocaine"
We tend to ignore the implications of the drug trade outside of our immediate surroundings. "Peruvian Cocaine," on the other hand, does anything but. The record, by, yes, Peruvian-American rapper Immortal Technique (in the event that credibility and close-to-home proximity are factors to judge by), traces the coca plant from the jungles of South America to the streets of urban American in harrowing detail, with a grim filter of reality. For the purpose of elucidation alone, it's one of the most thorough and knowledgeable pieces of music about the drug trade, full stop. It helps that it's a great sound, too.