Label: Duck Down

At this point, forgotten New York rappers from the ’90s crawling out of the woodwork with strong independent projects are a regular occurrence. But at the time of 2005's Monkey Barz, it was a genuine surprise to hear Ruck from Heltah Skeltah on the comeback trail, rapping under his government name and revealing more of his personality and sense of humor than ever. The 2007 follow-up cemented Price as a perennial underground hero—albeit one humble enough to mix self-deprecation with self-aggrandizement on lines like "Sometimes I feel like I'm the best I'm field/But I'm not and I'm broke, so I go invest in some krillz."