This could be why I can recite Crucial Conflict lyrics (specifically "Hay") word-for-word and Do or Die's "Do You Wanna Ride." And Da Brat "Funkdafied" makes me homesick if I'm anywhere but Chicago. Everyone has a special place in their heart for local success.

From the West Coast, I couldn't really get into anyone but Tupac (pre Death Row) and Ice Cube. East Coast? Well, that's not even fair. Start with Rakim and Lyte and work your way down. Still though, I get your point. I would be more likely to want to hear T.I.'s entire discography before 50 Cent's though, and I don't have a regional bias.

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