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HEY…Whatever Happened To The….EEEEE PEEE? PT.II

by Eric on April 20, 2007

Boodah An Da Bandit-Brain On Drugz EP


Boy, I can’t count all the times I passed this one up in record stores. The title really gives away the theme of this album and after countless listens to Cypress Hill and Total Devastation…well, let’s just say that “Smoke” anthems weren’t really doing it for me. I’ve had this one just sitting on my hard drive for about 2 years and about a month ago I finally decided to give it a listen. To my surprise, I found the album to be a worthy listen. Now again, you can pretty much sum up the theme of the album…still, there is some pretty dope material on here that actually stood the test of time quite well. The first cut on the album “Brain On Drugz” wound up being my favorite and someone recently used that same sample….it’s on the tip of my tongue but you give it a listen and help me out if you can. Both of the MC’s have odd but attractive flows, and do a more than sufficent job of keeping the listener awake. If I can throw on a joint from 94-95 that I’m just now hearing and it keeps my attention than that in itself says something about “Brain On Drugz”.-words by Eric

MC Ren-Kizz My Black Azz


Ren was the essential backbone of N.W.A. Ice Cube had gained his notoriety as a lyricist (a tag not reserved for a lot of West Coast artist) long after he had left his former comrades and what MC Ren had exhibited on “Efil4Zaggin” was very much the total package! He rode every track to perfection, his voice was trenchant, he covered different but distinct aspects (at times political if you will) but more than an anything, he wrote very good songs. In 1991, N.W.A minus Cube penetrated the minds and psyches of suburban America and Ren decided to follow in his own footsteps and declare the West as his kingdom on “Kizz My Black Azz”, released successfully in ’92. The notion was crystal clear: Dre was underlining Cube’s accusations, eventually leaving the camp too, and the torch had to be carried by Ren and his antics. With Bobcat on the boards and DJ Train on the wheels of fortune, this long-overdue EP had everything a gangster-rap-fan could possibly ask for: From “Behind the Scenes” (tell me, when was the last time you’ve heard a story like this?) to the frontrunner “Final Frontier” ( Putting wack records in the make / By using R&B singers in the god damned breaks / Try to go commercial but they started out street / That’s the reason why they’re still driving their two feet) and “Kizz My Black Azz”, his ode to Funkadelic and Parliament, this was a well-balanced jewel. I always liked Ren and I think this is an excellent choice by my man Eric. Although check for C.P.O’s “To Hell and Black”: A criminally underrated west-coast classic, executive-produced by Ren. Maybe Eric will post it some time soon…-words by Rasul

N.W.A.-100 Miles & Runnin’


I have never owned a Raiders-Cap. You could catch me rocking Chucks in some outlandish colors but no, I have never owned a Raiders-Cap! For some strong reasons I am hopefully capable to expound, I never succumbed to an accessory that had become synonymous with pride, anger and a criminal mind state. When N.W.A their first album hit the streets in 1986, they were more or less a collective of up and coming rookies Easy-E had put together to showcase Los Angeles and its ways of life. Well, they failed and I honestly paid them no mind. When the group found their now legendary formation (don’t forget Arabian Prince) to release “Straight Outta Compton” in 1988, they failed too- well, initially!? The album contained three good songs and by the holy standards of those times, that was hardly enough to cause any jumping-jacks: “Straight Outta Compton” was basically “Boyz in the Hood” Part 2. “Gangsta Gangsta” was halfheartedly touching on the growing gang violence in the districts (yeah, I know, I’m giving them too much credit) and the most outstanding track “F*$& The Police”, well, that song sparked up a second-to-none career. Some retarded asshole from the FBI wrote a letter to Ruthless Records, posing some semi-threats and strong demurs about the way the law enforcement has been portrayed. He was basically saying, “Hey we don’t play that ish”! Smart enough, N.W.A. started to feed off that controversy- along the fact that their songs were completely banned from mainstream radio and that they literally could not tour, since police wouldn’t grant them any security- and the rest is history. Then came the departure of Mister O’Shea Jackson in ’89. Cube accused Easy of stealing money from the group and left for New York to work with the Bomb Squad. Besides, he kept saying how he has tapped into some of Minister Farakhan’s doctrines and felt the urge to uplift his people and how N.W.A could never be the right environment to express those motifs. “AmerKKKa’s Most Wanted” was a very good album and it contained some sublime jabs at his former brothers with attitude and those “hints of disappointment” became the food for thought (better yet inspiration) for Easy, Ren, Dre and Yella. The EP “100 Miles and Runnin’” came in the summer of 1990 and it was pure energy. Like I said, up to that point, I never cared about them: I was more into New York and I hardly identified with N.W.A’s form of content. My boys and I were very much “in the streets” but we never thought of ourselves to be gangsters with a loose mouth. Let’s just say, we agreed more with Kool G. Rap and his ways of expression. Nevertheless, this EP took our hearts by storm for its enigmatic detail (try to count the bits of samples they’ve used on the title-track and don’t forget the little breaks), the majestic royalty displayed (“Kamurshol”) and its sarcasm every man could relate to (“Just Don’t Bite It”). The “Don’t F*** With Us”-Message was undeniable and trust me, this was the very first record you would hear everywhere: You heard it in every club; you heard it in every car, every barbershop and at your girlfriend’s house. Along with Pete Rock & CL’s “All Souled Out” and Beatnuts’ “Intoxicated Demons”, this is the best EP of all time. Now throw your dubs up…-words by Rasul

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Tomislav April 21, 2007 at 10:11 pm

that boodah & da bandit ep is great.

nice site, keep it up…

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