Album: Bow Down

Ice Cube got his rap start in a group, so it should have come as no surprise that once his post-NWA solo career took off he'd form another one. Westside Connection, which consisted of Cube, Mack 10 and WC, dropped tracks on Mack and WC's solo joints before putting out lead single "Bow Down" in August of 1996. A driving beat from producer Bud'da backed aggro verses from each of the trio stating their supremacy, tied together with the hook "Bow down to some niggas that's greater than you." Westside Connection wouldn't last long, putting out just two LPs, but "Bow Down"—which hit No. 1 on the rap charts—stands as a certified piece of gangsta history. —Russ Bengtson