Wednesday, July 16, 2014

VaRiouS ARTiSTs: "The LaWHouSe ExPeRieNCe VoL. 1"...

What`s up  y`all? Hope all is well! Today I`m dustin` off a compilation album that was released back in 1997 to share with y`all, this joint was put together by producer/songwriter Laylaw. For those of you that aren`t familiar with his work he has done ish for Above The Law, N.W.A., Eazy-E, Kokane ("Addictive Hip Hop Muzick"), Michel`le (wrote most of her self-titled debut album), Ice Cube, 2Pac ("Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z.", "California Love [Rmx]") & E-40 to name a few. It`s safe to say that he`s been puttin` in that work on the West Coast for a long while & has worked with plenty of talented artists. I`ve always thought that he was an unofficial member of Above The Law, but apparently that`s not the case at all....LoL, anyway he released this West Coast compilation (only folks that weren`t reppin` the West on there are Eightball & MJG) on his very own label Lawhouse Records. I think if I`m not mistaken that this comp` is the only project that was released thru Lawhouse Records, that is until he decides to drop "Lawhouse Greatest Hitz" which is supposed to be a 3-Disc Box Set. It`s said to feature both released & unreleased music from Ice Cube, 2Pac, DJ Quik, E-40, Above The Law, Eazy-E, MC Ren, Nas, Flo-Rida, Pharcyde, Luniz, Michel’le, Stanley Clarke & George Duke amongst others...

As a youngster I remember seeing this on the shelves at the records stores & wanted to cop it, especially since the featured artists were some of the best from the West, but back then with limited funds I chose to  skip out on it because the price tag was just not all that attractive at $21.99.....LoL, especially when I was able to grab a newer release for $12-15. Fast~forward 17-18 years later I was able to cop this joint for a whole $4.25 so I did (guess it paid off to wait.....hehe~heh!) Anyways let`s get to the music now shall we? Now right off the top I have to be honest & say that the Intro, Skits, Interlude & Outro are nothing short of just album filler. Sure there are some aspects of the Phat Freddie skits that are a lil` comical, but really if you don`t hear them you aren`t missing out on anything. Once you get passed that there`s really only 1 joint on this compilation that I didn`t really care for much; L.V.`s "I Just Wanna Play". L.V.`s joint isn`t wack I just find that it`s a lil` out of place since it`s the only R&B flavored joint on this comp`...

The rest of the artists on this compilation deliver some pretty decent joints overall, nothing super spectacular but also nothing that`s crazy wack either. Standout tracks for me are the Ras Kass & Xzibit collabo` "Arch Angels", Ice Cube`s "Legal Paper", Kausion`s "Lil` Sumpin`", Phalos` "Phalosmode", K-Dee`s "World Wide" & Da Pharcyde`s "Westcyde 242". Above The Law`s former DJ, Go Mack`s "One Way In" isn`t too shabby either. In conclusion I wouldn`t say that this album`s to die for, but if you`re a fan of the late 1990`s West Coast sound you should give it a listen. So there ya have it y`all now go `head & check it out for ya`self...

If you`re interested in reading a lil` more about Laylaw & his begins in the Rap world you should peep this interview that he did with Hip Hop DX back in 2011. He talks about his early days, working with Dre, working with Eazy & Ruthless Records, as well as working with 2Pac amongst other interesting ish...

Label: Street Life Records/ Lawhouse Records
Released: 1997

1. Entrance [Intro] {Coolio & Kokane}
2. Arch Angels {Ras Kass ft. Xzibit}
3. Give It Up {W.C.}
4. Legal Paper {Ice Cube}
5. Spank That Ass [Skit] {Phat Freddie}
6. Your Hustle Ain`t On {Ice-T}
7. One Way In {Go Mack}
8. Lil` Sumpin` {Kausion}
9. Drank Break [Skit] {Barney Rubble}
10. Live Yo` Life {The Luniz ft. Dru Down}
11. You Might Get Stuck {Above The Law}
12. Phalosmode {Phalos}
13. Housin` [Interlude] {Eightball & M.J.G.}
14. World Wide {K-Dee}
15. Westcyde 242 {Da Pharcyde}
16. I Just Wanna Play {L.V.}
17. Phat Chance [Skit] {Phat Freddie}
18. Exit [Outro] {Kokane}

R.i.P. KMG...

Friday, July 11, 2014

Sunday, July 06, 2014

CiZZLe`s "No DRaWs"...

Today I`m going to share with y`all an album that I had picked up more so because I was curious as to how it would sound. No one put me on to it, I just came across it by accident really. Found it at a used CD store for a whole $4 so I figured why not grab it. The album in question is titled "No Draws" by Cizzle (a.k.a. Big Cizzle) & it was released back in 2002 thru K`Otic Records. Now I know most of y`all are asking ya`selves who the fuck is Cizzle? Don`t worry you`re probably not the only one.....LoL, I was asking myself the same question while in the store looking at the album cover because the dude on it really looked like Guerilla Black. You know that emcee from Compton, California that sounds a lot like Biggie???

 Turns out that Cizzle a.k.a. Big Cizzle is what Black used to go by a few years before he released "Guerilla City" in 2004. Another interesting fact is that "No Draws" is pretty much just a re~release of the 2001 album "Ya Neva` Seen It Com`n" that he put out under the alias of Big Cizzle, but it came out on Bungalo Records. The only difference between the two of them is the order of the songs & the fact that "I Spit Dat Shit" is added to "No Draws" so it has one more song than "Ya Neva` Seen It Com`n". While rappin` under this 'Cizzle' moniker it`s safe to say that he sounds a lot like Mystikal & even DMX (peep "Ay-Yo") on a track or two. It kind of makes me wonder whether it`s intentional or not because I mean it`s just a lil` too much of a coincidence that he sounds a lot like two well known emcees...

I`ll tell ya one thing though, I definitely like him more when he`s Guerilla Black......LoL, I honestly couldn`t really get into this album under Cizzle because most of the tracks are nothing special & come off to me as just some ol` generic songs that have been done already by plenty of other artists. There`s a few songs that aren`t too shabby like; "Wear`N No Draws", "I Spit Dat Shit", "Lighter `N Da Air" (even if the Reggae vibes seem a lil` forced), "Come On" & "Bitch 4 Me". The rest of the album didn`t hold my attention much, not that it`s completely wack or anything, it`s mostly because it sounds like stuff that I have already heard. It just fails to grab hold of my ears & make me want to listen.....LoL, so there ya have it feel free to check it out if you`re curious...

Label: K`Otic Records
Released: 2002

1. T Cizzle
2. Get This Money
3. Wear`N No Draws
4. Tongue Rings
5. No He Didn`t, No She Didn`t
6. Party On The Coast
7. I Spit Dat Shit
8. Lighter `N Da Air
9. Werk Dem Hips
10. Get`N Freaky Wit` U
11. Come On
12. Ay-Yo
13. Mama`s Papa`s
14. Dime Piece
15. Bitch 4 Me
16. Girl U Nasty


Monday, June 23, 2014

2 LiVe CReW`s "Me So HoRNy [12 iNCH]"...

I know that it has been a while since I made a post up on this blog & to those that do visit I apologize, I have just been a lil` on the busy side with Life & all, but don`t worry I haven`t given up on this blog! I took a trip up to my hometown in Canada a few weeks ago (had to show off my son to my parents since they hadn`t met him yet) & was able to grab a few CD`s & records that were being stored at my parents` place so y`all will be seeing some more posts in the next few weeks. Wish I could`ve grabbed everything, but the rental didn`t have very much trunk space left over after all my family`s gear was in there.....LoL, Anyway to start things off I figured that I would dust off one of 2 Live Crew`s most popular 12 inch singles titled "Me So Horny"...

Now for those that have been livin` under a rock & don`t know about 2 Live Crew I`ll just take 2 seconds to laugh at ya, then I`ll give you a lil` background info` on them so I don`t seem like such an arrogant prick.....LoL, but seriously you should really know about `em! They are mostly known for their sexually charged lyrics & at one point in time their early albums were deemed illegal to sell. Record store clerks were getting into some serious trouble legally just for selling them. They rep` Miami, Florida & the single that I`m sharing with y`all is from their most popular album titled "As Nasty As They Wanna Be" released in 1989. Well, that`s all that I really feel like getting into about `em for now.....LoL, I`m feeling a lil` lazy so I`ll save the more detailed info` for a future 2 Live Crew post...

Let`s get to the single now shall we? The 12 inch single that I`m sharing with y`all was released in 1990 thru BITE Records, a Dutch label that was around in the early 1990's that mostly focused on Dance music. You get 4 tracks in total on this joint; the clean & nasty versions of "Me So Horny", the nasty version of "Get The Fuck Out Of My House" & then the single closes out with the `89 House Mix of "We Want Some Pussy". The last track is really the only song on here that I`m not much of a fan of, aside from that though you get some classic 2 Live Crew joints! So there ya have it, go `head & check it out...

Label: BITE Records
Released: 1990

1. Me So Horny [Clean Version]
2. Me So Horny [Nasty Version]
3. Get The Fuck Out Of My House [Nasty Version]
4. We Want Some Pussy [`89 House Mix]


Friday, May 09, 2014

FuNKMaSTeR FLeX`s "Wu-TaNG C.R.E.A.M. TeaM LiNe uP" [PRoMo CD SiNGLe]...

Today I`m dustin` off a promo CD single that was originally released back in 1998 (it`s actually a European release) on Loud Records by Funkmaster Flex. The songs featured on this single are off of Funkmaster Flex`s "The Mix Tape Vol. III (60 Minutes Of Funk): The Final Chapter". There`s 5 tracks in total, the Radio/Clean Version, the LP/Dirty Version, the Instrumental & finally the Acappella for "Wu-Tang C.R.E.A.M. Team Line Up", a song that features Raekwon, the Harlem Hoodz, Inspectah Deck, Method Man & Killa Sin. It`s a pretty nice track that`s produced by DJ Scratch. The last song on this single is kind of a weird addition, well to me anyway since it`s more of an R&B song. I`m not sure who decided to add it to the single after the hardcore joint.....LoL, but for whatever reason it closes things out. "Here We Go" features Khadejia & Product, some folks that were affiliated with Wyclef at the time that`s probably why he makes a lil` appearance at the beginning of the song. The song itself isn`t bad, so go `head & give this single a lil` listen...

Label: Loud Records
Released: 1998

1. Wu-Tang C.R.E.A.M. Team Line Up [Radio Version] {Raekwon, Harlem Hoodz, Inspectah Deck, Method Man & Killa Sin}
2. Wu-Tang C.R.E.A.M. Team Line Up [LP Version] {Raekwon, Harlem Hoodz, Inspectah Deck, Method Man & Killa Sin}
3. Wu-Tang C.R.E.A.M. Team Line Up [Instr.]
4. Wu-Tang C.R.E.A.M. Team Line Up [Acappella] {Raekwon, Harlem Hoodz, Inspectah Deck, Method Man & Killa Sin}
5. Here We Go {Khadejia & Product}