EPMD, "You Gots to Chill" (1988)
Before De La's "Me Myself and I," EPMD made an art of looping "barbecue jams" – songs your old uncle rocks at the family function – to fine effect. This is the record, in my opinion, that marked the beginning of the idea of G-Funk. Slow flow, lazy drawl, tough talk, and a Roger Troutman sample that even your uncle could embrace. The makings of a classic.