Been listening again this afternoon and agree some of those lyrics are a bit
Always find that the ‘product of its environment’ type arguments that are always wheeled out when people try to justify suspect stuff are pretty hollow, but the early-mid 90s were kind of a weird time. Hip-hop was still in its relatively early stages (at least as a major commercial concern) and there was definitely a certain type of consumer that would buy rap records purely on the basis that they had swearing on them. I think that may have contributed to rappers trying to be more controversial in order to sell more records (not all rappers obviously, but definitely some).
It was also the time of Tipper Gore, the PMRC and ‘Parental Advisory’ stickers, and the PMRC in particular focused their ire almost exclusively on rap music. I personally think this created an atmosphere in which performers may have upped the ‘offensive’ quotient on their records, purely as a bit of a ‘fuck off’ to the increased censorship. You could also see this in other genres at the time too - Buju Banton, Cannibal Corpse and Dismembered all got into trouble around this time for putting ‘offensive’ music out (and some of it was genuinely very offensive).
It was pretty easy to become numb to this sort of thing at the time (guess I was younger too), but think it’s a good thing that it seems more shocking in retrospect. Totally agree also that this record is pretty mild compared to some other contemporary stuff, though. Those early Geto Boys records make it sound like 3 Feet High and Rising! Definitely Akinyele too. His tune ‘I Luh Her’ has one of my favorite beats ever (it single handedly got me into Don Convay too - cheers Large Professor!) but I cannot actually listen to that track because the lyrics are so vile.