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Underrated/Underapperciated West Coast Albums Part 2

by Travis on January 18, 2007

Threat – Sickinnahead (Mercury/Polygram, 1993)
1. PDK
2. Sucka Free
3. Niggas Like You
4. 4 Deep
5. Let the Dogs Loose
6. When It Rains
7. Get Ghost
8. 24-7
9. Shuta Fuck Up
10. Ass Out
11. Zuu
12. Whore Said It’s Yours
13. Give It Up
14. Shote (Threw Wit Money)
15. Bust One fa Me
16. So Now You Know

Before the westside turned into the land of G-Funk, DJ Pooh, Bobcat, Battlecat, and even Sir Jinx were the producers of choice. Coming with hard funk tracks, that were hard enough to drive down the Boulevard in the six-trey, yet soulful enough to make the listener really feel the pain and restlessness that was experianced in the west in the early 90′s. True, one can only hear “Funky Worm” and “More Bounce To The Ounce” so many times before it gets repeatitious, but something about those old funk beats that just screams “good times”.

One of the better pre G-Funk albums was L.A. MC, Threat’s “Sickinnahead”. Threat had been in the LA scene for most of the early 90′s, appearing on Yo-Yo’s “Black Pearl” album, 2 pac’s “Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z”, Tha Alkaholik’s “21 & Over”, our last feature, King Tee’s “Tha Triflin’ Album”, Ice Cube’s “Death Certificate” along with the “Get The Fist Movement” and some other features.

In 93′ Threat dropped is solo release, “Sickinnahead”, which featured production from westcoast beatmakers, DJ Pooh & Bobcat. The album is severely over looked, even in the west coast. Threat comes with a strong delivery and dope lyrics. There are many verses on the album the stick in the listeners head. I was a fan of his verses on the Lik’s track “Who Dem N—a’s” and Pac’s “Peep Game”, so picking this album up when dropped was a must. The album jumps off into one of the best intro tracks there is. “PDK” comes with an opening verse that just sets the whole mood for the albums

“I’m here to let you know that no ho plays me
I don’t do crack cause I’m already crazy
And we don’t need no mo’, psycho people
Guns don’t kill people, people kill people
Haven’t you heard, there’s a new sheriff in to-own
But one black chief can’t calm us do-own
We floss ‘em out wide, the nigga ain’t from our tribe
Not +Tribe Called Quest+, the tribe called West
Too legit to quit so tell the cops they can kiss my
young black ass cause I’m out to get mine (you’re gonna get yours)
Let it be known, to all, men, that roam the planet earth
that Allah come firstLivin in the L.A. Zoo you gotta be a warrior
Make sure you got a good lawyer
Get caught with a spear that’s fifteen years
I hit the fence with my khakis and still they shootin at me
Tryin to kill us off like buffalo
Po-po can’t have my life, or my soul, so…..”

I always had problems getting pass the first track, once I did, the whole album is like a trip through South Central, from harrassing the pan handlers, to getting faded in the 6-4, it’s a like a day in the life of Deadly Threat. The single and video for “Let The Dog’s Loose” got some play on Yo! as well. Tracks like “Sucka Free”, “When it Rains”, “24-7″ tie the album nicely together in a very cohesive effort. The first half of the album is nearly flawless, while the second half slips a bit, but not enough to over shadow any progress he made early on.

Threat unfortunately pretty much vanished after polygram went tits up. He recently showed up on last year’s “Street Music” by Defari, which I have yet to hear.

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