2. Master P, Ghetto D (1997)
Best Songs: "Ghetto D," "Make Em Say Uhh!," "Let's Get Em," "I Miss My Homies," "Burbons & Lacs"
In music, timing is everything, and no one knows this better than Master P. Combining hard work, a street hustlers mentality, and a little luck, P found himself at his critical and commercial peak towards the end of 1997. 2Pac and Biggie were both gone, and the rap game was ripe for the taking. The East vs. West coastal war tore the country apart, and with P coming from the neutral South, he was in the right place at the right time with the right plan.
P was a marketing mastermind, and knowing Ghetto D would be his solo breakthrough, he invited each and every No Limit soldier along for the ride. Sure, it was a P solo record, but with only one song out of 19 not including a feature, it was truly a family affair. Or P’s way of tricking you into listening to his entire roster.
Despite the compilation feel, P further immersed himself in the New Orleans sound courtesy Beats by the Pound, and proved he could make hits while doing so. In fact, the two biggest songs of P’s career chart-wise, “Make Em Say Uhh! and “I Miss My Homies,” were both found on Ghetto D. The album also introduced us to new Tank dogs like Mystikal (who finally fired back at UNLV’s “Drag Em In The River” on “Let’s Get Em”), and served as the perfect set-up for lesser known acts like Fiend and Mac, whose debuts were on the horizon. Cult favorites like “Ghetto D” and “Burbons & Lacs” rounded out the album, which even the biggest No Limit detractors couldn’t deny.
The original Pen & Pixel-designed cover featured a crackhead beaming up with a cloud of smoke above his head, and featured the album covers of previous No Limit releases in the haze. Offensive? Maybe. But P really was selling his own form of ghetto dope at the time. However, he was doing it the legal way, and Ghetto D turned over three million people into mouth-breathing fiends.