At a time when gangsta rap was the order of the day, Posdnous and his De La cohorts crashed the party with a smile and some daisies.
Best Album: Stakes Is High(w/ De La Soul)
Although the "chef" in Raekwon the Chef has more to do with white meat than soul food, you can bet that Rae helped create the recipe for mafioso rap in the 90's. Apart from his obvious influence on many of today's emcees, this clansman is also the author of one of the best hip-hop albums of all time, Only Built for Cuban Linx.
Best Album: Only Built 4 Cuban Linx
33. Royce da 5'9"
Once friends with Eminem (the two formed Bad Meets Evil in the late 90s), Royce managed a string of classic cuts early in his career before imploding.
Best Album: Death Is Certain
Canibus is well known for his scientific references and intricate rhyme schemes. Extra points for vocal presence and battle skills.
Best Album: Mic Club - The Curriculum
31. Kool Moe Dee
With his deadly combination of wit and grit, Kool Moe Dee helped set the manifesto for what would eventually become known as battle rap.
Best Album: How Ya Like Me Now