#23. De La Soul, Buhloone Mindstate (1993)
Label: Tommy Boy
Game: “That was fucking crazy, man. Their first two albums are two of the greatest albums ever in hip-hop. De La Soul was dope. Prince Paul was dope, he was producing for them. They were like the early ’90s Drake—they had songs that were cool and still hip-hop but they also had this smooth singing vibe to them.
“They fell in a era that they excelled in. If you took them out of that era and put them anywhere else, I don’t think they would have been as successful. I just remember they were making shit cool. There’s another album that I left off that would go hand-in-hand with that: A Tribe Called Quest’s A Low End Theory.”