Westside Connection: A Quick Reload

Posted: January 16, 2013 in Hip Hop Editorials
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The year was 1994 when Ice Cube, Mack 10 and WC would begin working collectively on each of their solo projects (Mack 10s album: Mack 10 on Westside Slaughterhouse). After the decline of west coast hip-hop with a shift to the East and South, the trio would serve as the last remaining dominating powers from the west for a long period.

Ice Cube, Mack10 and WC were among the few super groups to complete two ground breaking albums. I always wondered however why they haven’t been more appreciated in hip-hop. Even going through countless rap forums WC is rarely listed among top 10 lists often over shadowed by other groups such as NWA.

The groups first LP was “Bow Down” in 1996 with the biggest selling Tupac Album “All Eyes on Me” taking over the west, rap fans were also banging to this record. Around 4 of the tracks on the album were diss tracks towards Cypress Hill and showcased Ice Cubes battle skills (since No Vaseline). The album became an instant classic of the 90s and since the departure of “The Firm” the album was a prime example of how super groups could dominate an industry.

The follow up album Terrorist Threats (2003) boasted premium hard-core beats fused with west coast lyrics to provide a ground-breaking LP. The album received less favourable reviews but on reflection I prefer this record a lot more. With guests such as Nate Dogg and producers such as Young Tre, the album was everything I expected and more from the duo.

After years of AWOL Cube would openly declare the groups departure due to allegedly misunderstandings with Mack 10 over touring and producing a solo albums. Shortly after this rapper “The Game” was announced to join the group however this never materialised. In recent times the feud between Ice Cube and Mack 10 seems to have fizzled out, but don’t bet on another album as all three artists are currently focused on solo projects.

If anything we should be grateful to have received two knockout LPs from the time of the trios reign but any chance of a reunion is slim as it seems all artists are preoccupied with side projects (such as Cube bringing his kids into the game). I hope as time goes on more people get a chance to listen to the albums to really get an insight as to what the bench mark for hip hop albums really were.

In the words of DMX (Fame)
“Take it for what it’s worth, my birth was a blessing. Sent to live and die, on earth as a lesson. We each have a star; all we have to
do is find it. Once you do, everyone who sees it will be blinded”

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