Even with several unabashed celebrations of the gangsta lifestyle (see Murder, 3 in da Mornin’, and Good Stuff), a big part of what really makes this awesome is the clear-eyed, “holy shit we could die at any minute” bent to their songs. And that’s when this one’s at its best – Diamonds & Wood, Hi-Life, and the all-time masterpiece One Day. The other part, of course, is the beats. The atmospheric, laid-back, late-night Ridin’ Dirty, or the funkiest hip-hop song of all time, Pinky Ring… those are timeless, timeless beats that anyone can get good vibes off of.
Choice Cut: One Day