Popular contention would have you believe the sequel to this tape was the best of the series. While the second TINC was great and certainly the more popular one, the original is one of the most slept-on releases on this list. It wasn't a crucial moment for Fabolous (though he delivered the punchline goodness he's known for), but the lack of reception was a turning point for DJ Drama after the feds raided him.
Last year, Drama told us, "I remember there was a period where they felt as though the [Gangsta Grillz] brand wasn't as strong. When I did Fab's first tape VIBE put it in 20 Questions; 'The fact that Fab's underrated Gangsta Grillz is so underrated, does this mean that the brand is not as potent as it was?'" It wasn't, but that only inspired Drama to go harder and regain his throne. —Insanul Ahmed