6. Ma$e f/ 8Ball & MJG "The Player Way" (1997)
Album: Harlem World
Label: Bad Boy Records
Mase's 1997 debut album Harlem World remains a monument to the gleeful materialism and squeaky clean production of late '90s New York pop rap, but things get a little gritty midway through the album when Memphis rap luminaries 8ball & MJG show up to toss around some tough talk. Ball & G's pimp tales and Ma$e's unrepentant displays of wealth proved a winning combination, and when Puff launched a Southern wing years later, he reached out to 8ball & MJG to be his flagship artists.