3. Prodigy, Return of the Mac (2007)
Label: E1 Music
Many New York ’90s icons fell on hard times in the 21st century, but perhaps nobody had it rougher than Mobb Deep. From being slandered on the Summer Jam screen to a commercial decline that not even signing to G-Unit could reverse to Havoc and Prodigy beefing on Twitter, the Infamous duo couldn't catch a break. But before Bandana P went upstate for three years, he went on a tear of solo releases that included Return Of The Mac, perhaps the greatest rap album ever released by the much-maligned indie giant Koch Records. As terse as ever but also enlivened by Alchemist's creative production, Prodigy is in rare form on Return Of The Mac, giving the Queens legend a win during an era rife with losses.