Ten essential gangsta-rap albums
9. Eazy-E -- Eazy-Duz-It
There will probably never be another rapper who can paint such violent and downright offensive material with such cartoonish charisma as Eazy-E, particularly on his debut solo (and best) album, Eazy-Duz-It. With off-kilter production from fellow N.W.A. members DJ Yella and Dr. Dre that perfectly matches the rapper's deranged musings, this album is both disturbingly lighthearted and deeply depressing. Though Eazy was never the lyricist or political thinker that friend-turned-foe Ice Cube was, he was engaging and broadly appealing in a way that Cube couldn't match.