6. Ka, Grief Pedigree (2012)
Label: Iron Works
Nearly two decades after he first appeared in the original lineup of Natural Elements and four years after 2008's Iron Works began his unlikely comeback, Ka finally made the album of his career. Brownsville's most famous MCs are shouters, but Ka raps only as loudly as he needs to for the mic to pick up his voice, laying plain-spoken, unflinchingly honest rhymes over his own skeletal productions. Grief Pedigree is an album that often mourns old friends, but just as often seems to mourn a New York that no longer exists.