13. I'm Bout It
Release date: May 13, 1997
Record label: No Limit/Priority
Before No Limit's onslaught of Pen & Pixel album covers that flooded record stores throughout the late '90s and early 2000s, there was I'm Bout It, the Southern rap game-changing classic that took damn near all the attention away from its poorly made, shoestring budgeted movie of the same name.
At the time, No Limit leader Master P was a hot commodity in his local New Orleans region, having released five independent solo records. With I'm Bout It, Percy Miller's movement officially broke into the mainstream's consciousness, introducing rap dudes and dudettes from all cities to names like Silkk the Shocker, C-Murder, Mr. Serv-On, Mia X, and Fiend.