Album: Hard to Earn
Label: Chrysalis/EMI

It's funny that Premier says that this song "was recorded as a joke." Because, umm, "Mass Appeal" ain't no joke. It remains one of the defining records of New York '90s hip-hop golden era, thanks to the awesome descending-keys Vic Juris "Horizon Drive" sample, and its catchy, scratchy hook. He may have been making fun of songs on the radio with this one at first—and sure enough, it ended up getting plenty of spins on hip-hop stations coast to coast—but still, there is no song that better catches the beat of walking NYC streets. Straight, unmitigated classic. Daniel Isenberg