Label: Star Trak/Arista
Key Track: "Grindin'"

Rap had been talking about the coke trade for years, but never with as much style and intricacy as the Thornton Brothers. And with the Neptunes taking a break from their Midas Touch phase to provide the disc with its nerve-jangling (albeit still toe-tapping) sonic backdrop, Lord Willin' would be a sign of things to come in rap for the rest of the decade.

YOU AUGHTA KNOW:
Pusha and Malice were originally not fans of the beat for "Grindin'" but Pharrell convinced them to record it.