Ten essential gangsta-rap albums
6. Ice Cube -- Death Certificate
Though multiple Ice Cube albums have been called racist, Death Certificate earns the dubious distinction of being the most racist, with material that the white, Asian and Jewish communities objected to. However, it is also his most brutally honest album, and this is perhaps why it proved to be so visionary. In particular, "Black Korea" included the lines, "So pay respect to the black fist/Or we'll burn your store right down to a crisp." The next year, the 1992 riots erupted in L.A. and black-Korean hostility reached its boiling point. Whether Death Certificate was indeed prophetic or a self-fulfilling prophecy, it was nonetheless deeply tied to South Central L.A. and its inhabitants.