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.

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