7. Ice T "6 N The Mornin" (1987)
Album: Rhyme Pays
Producer: Afrika Islam
Label: Techno Hop Records
When Ice-T heard Schoolly D's raw, uncompromising "P.S.K. (What Does It Mean?)" he immediately felt inspired. The result was his 1986 single "6 N The Morning", which is considered by many to be one of the foundational documents of the gangsta rap era. Ice wakes up to the sound of the police at his door first thing in the morning, but instead of panicking or, well, answering the door, he coolly books it to the bathroom and hops out the window. What follows is a labyrinthine bout of bicoastal partying, crime sprees, hard time in county jail, and even more bathroom window escapes. Ice's fixation on brazen lawlessness and disdain for the police opened up new avenues for rappers to peruse in their lyrics, and the benefits were immediately felt with the rise of acts like N.W.A. not long after.