Under tha Influence
Under tha Influence

DJ Quik

Under tha Influence

June 4, 2002

Gangsta Rap

Rather than stick with G-funk, Quik presents an array of beats that sound just as much Dirty South as they do West Coast. Like Dr. Dre, Quik obviously found much inspiration in the early-2000s Dirty South style of beat-making -- big, sparse, bass-heavy beats offset by subtle, rattling, high-end percussion -- and replaces the "crunk" element with a slowed-down, West Coast sense of groove. His production work here is nothing short of amazing and amazingly varied.

- Jason Birchmeier

The Lion and the Cobra
The Lion and the Cobra

Sinéad O'Connor

The Lion and the Cobra

October 25, 1987

Adult Alternative Pop/Rock

Before she went to number one around the world with her haunting take on Prince's "Nothing Compares 2 U" in 1990, O'Connor made waves with a debut album that reached the Top 40 in the U.S., U.K., and Australia, among other countries. Included are the self-penned club hits "Troy" and "Mandinka."

- Marcy Donelson