The big homie: Master P

Nepotism. It explains so much of (real-life) big brother Master P's successfully puppeteering the career flourish of a rapper who never once successfully located the beat. Which isn't to say that Silkk the Shocker didn't have a few legit smashes. He elbowed his way onto "Make 'em Say Ugh," a 1997 posse clusterfuck that still knocks despite the 17 subsequent years in which I should have outgrown this furious nonsense. Most of Silkk's solo, unaccompanied output wilts in comparison to his biggest hits with Master P, Trina, Mr. Magic, and Mystikal. Silkk's both a No Limit foot solider and a No Limit hero. He's blessed. Somehow. —Justin Charity