29. Wu-Tang Clan, 'Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)'
The nine-MC Wu-Tang Clan — including the ruckus-bringer Ol' Dirty Bastard, sword-sharp GZA and Kennedycharismatic Method Man — burst out of the slums of Staten Island by capturing the sound of chaos on tape: tracks by RZA that were so rugged they recall pre-sampler, basement-collated hip-hop. Rhymes about drug dealing, project living, beef and martial arts. Furious flows that roar through speakers like controlled screaming. The Wu create an air of wildness that promised violence to anyone who challenged them and to some who didn't. A generation of fans memorized every word.