History & Now, Music

Squads behind Hip-Hop’s most memorable compilation albums

Slime Language 2 is the latest proof that crew love pays off.

words by: Kai Acevedo
May 10, 2021

Crew love is squad goals at the house that Young Thug built. The Grammy Award-winning ATLien rallied up the YSL troops to present their litty compilation, Slime Language 2. The album, which debuted at No. 1 in the Billboard 200, showcases the growing roster of talent found on Young Stoner Life Records, the record label founded by Thugga and supported by 300 Entertainment.


It’s a family affair throughout the second installment in the Slime Language series. Crew members like Thugga, Gunna, Lil Keed and others take center stage as they show out alongside famous friends of the family like Kid Cudi, Lil Uzi Vert, Future and many others.


Drake drops his signature melodic bars on “Solid.” A standout track, the smooth banger featuring Drizzy, Thugga and Gunna debuted at No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100.


Rowdy Rebel is home! And he sounds refreshed and ready to return to glory on his SL2 collaboration with Young Thug, “Came and Saw.” Amped up verses from Jim Jones, Lil Baby, Big Sean, DaBaby and Skepta also appear on the album featuring the TikTok hit “Ski.”



Young Thug has carved out a lane for himself and with Slime Language 2 is opening the door for the homies to showcase their abilities on another level. DMX, J. Cole, Rick Ross, 50 Cent and other top dogs have also shown that crew love is squad goals by curating dope and memorable compilation albums. Here’s a look at some of hip-hop’s most memorable compilation albums.


Quality Control: Control The Streets, Volume 1 (2017)

Crew: Quality Control
Leader of the squad: Coach K and Pee
Songs to revisit: “Ice Tray” featuring Quavo and Lil Yachty; “My Dawg (Remix)” featuring Lil Baby, Kodak Black, Quavo and Moneybagg Yo; “Too Hotty” featuring Migos



Diplomatic Immunity (2003)

Crew: The Diplomats
Leader of the squad: Cam’ron
Songs to revisit: “I Really Mean It” featuring Cam’ron and Jim Jones; “Bout It Bout It… Part III” featuring Cam’ron, Jim Jones and Master P; “Dipset Anthem” featuring Juelz Santana and Cam’ron



Self Made Vol. 1 (2011)

Crew: Maybach Music Group / MMG
Leader of the squad: Rick Ross
Songs to revisit: “Ima Boss” featuring Meek Mill and Rick Ross; “That Way” featuring Wale, Jeremih and Rick Ross; “Tupac Back” featuring Meek Mill and Rick Ross



Beg for Mercy (2003)

Crew: G-Unit
Leader of the squad: 50 Cent
Songs to revisit: “Poppin’ Them Thangs”; “Stunt 101”; “Wanna Get to Know You” featuring Joe



Cruel Summer (2012)

Crew: G.O.O.D. Music
Leader of the squad: Kanye West
Songs to revisit: “Mercy.1” featuring Kanye West, Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz; “Clique” featuring Kanye West, Jay-Z and Big Sean; “Don’t Like.1” featuring Kanye West, Chief Keef, Pusha T, Big Sean and Jadakiss



Ryde or Die Vol. 1 (1999)

Crew: Ruff Ryders Entertainment
Leader of the squad: DMX
Songs to revisit: “Jigga My Nigga” featuring JAY-Z; “What Ya Want” featuring Eve and Nokio



Revenge of the Dreamers III (2019)

Crew: Dreamville Records
Leader of the squad: J. Cole
Songs to revisit: “Middle Child” featuring J. Cole; “Down Bad” featuring JID, Bas, J. Cole, EarthGang and Young Nudy; “Under the Sun” featuring J. Cole, Lute and DaBaby



The Dynasty: Roc-La-Familia (2000)

Crew: Rocafella Records
Leader of the squad: JAY-Z
Songs to revisit: “Change the Game” featuring JAY-Z, Beanie Sigel and Memphis Bleek; “I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)” featuring JAY-Z; “You, Me, Him and Her” featuring JAY-Z, Amil, Beanie Sigel and Memphis Bleek



JackBoys (2019)

Crew: JackBoys/Cactus Jack Records
Leader of the squad: Travis Scott
Songs to revisit: “Gatti” featuring Travis Scott and Pop Smoke; “Out West” featuring Travis Scott and Young Thug



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