Album: Ear to the Street

Coming straight outta East Oakland, Carla "CMG" Green and Karryl "Special One" Smith passed their demo to the politically provocative Bay Area rapper Paris and landed a deal on his label, Scarface Records. Living up to their name, the Conscious Daughters were known for kicking that real shit. From "Shitty Situation" to "Wife of a Gangster" the songs on their debut album, Ear to the Street, repped for the females caught up in street life, from single mothers to spouses of criminals. Their biggest hit was this funkdafied Thelma & Louise jam that saw TCD on a mission, cruising through the city streets over a smooth SOS Band sample as they "kick it loud and clear/making hoes disappear." —Rob Kenner