Artist: Smif-N-Wessun Track: "Gotta Say It" Album: The Album Listen

Much of this Brooklyn hip-hop duo's 2007 release, The Album, sounds how we all wish Snoop Dogg still sounded, before his brain was torn and frayed by weed smoke, paternity and reality TV contracts. Together, as on "Gotta Say It," Tek and Steele have the same laidback swagger as Snoop, giving the vibe that they could blow you away without getting up from the couch. Their production on that track and "Stomp Thru" is bouncy like the best G-funk, yet made contemporary by harder edges and staccato backbeats.