Ten essential gangsta-rap albums
7. Boogie Down Productions -- Criminal Minded
Before the violent death of DJ Scott La Rock and KRS-One's subsequent shift to more positive messages and community activism, together the two were Boogie Down Productions, creators of the seminal gangsta album Criminal Minded. With "South Bronx" and "The Bridge Is Over," BDP helped create one of the first and biggest beefs in hip-hop history, one that captivated New York -- in particular the South Bronx, home of BDP -- and Queensbridge, where MC Shan (their primary target) resided.