Watermelon, Chicken & Gritz
Label: Atlantic Records
A rare example of hip-hop at the margins that made a commercial impact, Watermelon, Chicken, and Gritz is the musical equivalent of outsider art. The bluesy boom bap perfectly complements the lyrics' blue collar, folksy vignettes. "Slums" is an appealing slice of rural realism, while "Baller on a Budget" offers a more realistic perspective on bling culture.