21. Kane & Abel, Am I My Brother's Keeper (1998)
Best Songs: "Call Me When You Need Some," "Watch Me," "Tryin' To Have Sumthin" "Greens, Cornbread & Cabbage"
One of the most common misconceptions about No Limit Records was that there were no lyricists on the label. Critics panned P’s soldiers for lacking lyrical substance, but in fact, there was a whole stable of spitters on the roster. Mac, Mia X, Mystikal, Fiend, Young Bleed, and Magic were all talented emcees—especially by today’s standards. But two of the Tank’s most overlooked rappers were the twins, Kane & Abel.
The Garcia brothers, b.k.a. Kane & Abel, were signed in the early days of No Limit, and released their NL debut, 7 Sins, in 1996. The album included a fairly significant regional hit entitled “Gangstafied,” but the twins really found their groove on their follow up album, Am I My Brother’s Keeper. Released during the onslaught of albums that seemingly dropped weekly in ‘98, Am I My Brothers Keeper was a bright spot in a crowded year for No Limit.
In 1998, the house that P built dropped 23 albums, so you’d be forgiven if this one missed your radar. The bloated No Limit release schedule became hard to digest, based on sheer volume alone. But despite the flood, Am I My Brother’s Keeper was one of the bigger success stories of the year, moving a respectable 737,000 copies and landing at No. 5 on the Billboard 200.