47. De La Soul "Itzoweezee" (1996)
Producer: De La Soul
Album: Stakes Is High
Label: Tommy Boy/Warner Bros. Records
Dave's solo joint takes hilarious potshots at the kind of mafia-lore-inspired rap typified by Nas' "Street Dreams." Favorite barb: "See them Cubans don't care what y'all niggas do/Colombians ain't never ran with your crew/Why you acting all spicy and sheisty?/The only Italians you knew was ICEEs." It's not playa-hating if it's better than what it critiques, remember.