Maaaaaan, anything Rawkus is like a portal back in time to college for me. That era might just be my favorite in hip-hop as far as looking forward to new music from so many different artists.
My homie is a DJ and was our school's urban music director back then, so he'd always slide me demo/promo copies of all the Rawkus stuff. I was the king of edited albums.
That Rawkus era was just fun though. I was never a true backpacker, but their stuff always let me feel like I was. It was underground hip-hop without being too obscure, if that makes sense.