Album: Lil Boosie, For My Thugz (2002)

Although Boosie's first record, Youngest Of Da Camp, was a promising debut—his singular vocal style was already distinctive, if not entirely finished with puberty—its follow-up For My Thugz was the first time the rapper appeared fully-formed as the viscious character we know today, emerging from the Concentration Camp as a star in his own right. "My Nigga Then" was an early highlight of that found him spitting life stories over a beat that is half-bounce and half-synth Zydeco. A celebration of loyalty, the track has an innocent charm that hard times would ground into a serrated edge over the years.