Ice Cube, Amerikkka’s Most Wanted (1990)

Label: Priority

Pusha T: “We all knew Cube was great from N.W.A. and everything. He was the writer of the majority of the hits for N.W.A., but who steps out from something so great and wreaks havoc on all them motherfuckers? He wreaked havoc on everybody and he won.

“It’s was like, ‘I’m in N.W.A. for a reason. All that shit can go. I’m still standing here,’ and it hit everywhere. Everybody knew Cube was the truth nationwide. You couldn’t stop that. That gangster shit was just accepted from everybody. It was out of adversity too. He came from a time when people were like, ‘Damn, what’s he going to do now?’ He went solo and really killed it.

“It wasn’t half-ass or somewhat weak—none of that. We weren’t saying, ‘Oh, but I miss Dre. Oh, but I miss Eazy.’ Mind you, this is one of the greatest hip-hop groups of all time. How could you not miss them? He made you not miss them. That’s what was crazy.”