Release date: April 20, 1993
Record label: MCA
Back in the 1990s, Ed Lover and Dr. Dre (the shorter, pudgier one) were hip-hop culture fixtures, thanks to their fun chemistry together hosting the groundbreaking Yo! MTV Raps. It was only natural that the fellas get their own low-budget movie, and that it be a silly comedy that featured cameos from rappers like KRS-One, Ice-T, Kris Kross, Busta Rhymes, and the House of Pain fellas.
And appropriately, Who's the Man? came equipped with a formidable, original soundtrack. Right out the gate, the LP establishes its classic status with "Party and Bullshit," the first-ever official, on-an-album solo recording from a promising young Brooklyn MC known as Biggie Smalls (later the Notorious B.I.G.). Elsewhere, Pete Rock & CL Smooth calmed things down with the funky "What's Next on the Menu?," while House of Pain nearly stole the show with the gritty title track. —MB