So third week running I’ve had to apologise! Didn’t see my message saying I was up so thanks to the boss for stepping in.
So upfront, I absolutely love this record. Would have to admit that my experience of Bay Area hip hop at the time this dropped probably extended to Too Short and E-40 / The Click, with the Luniz a bit later. Thinking about it, I knew Souls Of Mischief and The B.U.M.S. too, but production-wise those groups could have come from NY, so would have fitted more into my east coast centric listening in 1994.
Have made a concerted effort to get more into Bay Area stuff in the last few years and wish I’d made more effort about 20 years ago tbh, because so much of it is amazing. Would be awesome if this turned into a bit of a discussion of Bay Area rap generally cos would love to hear from people who’ve been into it for years.
Anyway, of all the albums I listened to, this is my favourite (Celly Cel, Spice 1 and Mac Mal running it close though). The beats are incredible - very obvious G-funk influence, but with harder drums, which addresses pretty much the only issue I’ve ever had with west coast production. Black C and Mr. Cee are both top drawer MCs too - charismatic af, and bounce off each other brilliantly through the whole thing. Only criticism is that it’s slightly front-loaded, but it’s not like the back half sags or anything.
Don’t want to say too much more cos would prefer to have a discussion and know other people’s views on it rather than just bang on - hope y’all felt that it lives up to the standards set so far…