Posts Tagged ‘Album’

Very rarely in hip hop can a rappers debut album be the most anticipated album through its reputation, exclusivity and fan following. Ice Cube, Saigon and Lloyd Banks all share a similar story regarding their debut albums, they had kept their fans hungry through “freak verses” on other projects. Busta Rhythms famously stated in an interview with This is 50 about how prior to releasing an album he was satisfied with dropping bars on other projects for a fee and had no plans to drop a solo album  inadvertently this caused fans to fiend for his music.

When talking about anticipated albums the most common that comes to mind is Dr Dres Detox which has been over 12 years in the making. Some projects (e.g. Dr Dre and Ice Cubes duet album which was never released) relied on the reputation of previous albums to create a buzz, but today fans world wide will be at the end of a long wait. Papooses album Nacirema Dream will be released in a matter of 2 hours.

Today the album is already trending online, Papoose has kept his fans hungry through releasing 28 mixtapes since 2004. Every quarter Papooses mixtapes have dominated the mixtape underground with fans eager to get the next fix, these tapes established Papoose as a solid top 10 MC with consistent flows and a “new school” touch of punchlines. After a set of mixtapes in 2004, by 2005 his debut album  was being hyped by Djs, online editorials and through fans sharing information. By 2006 and after another round of mixtapes it was official that the album was being shelved.

 

PASHS like other fans is waiting for the album to write an official review but was able to find a quick note from Papoose himself in regards to his last few years in the game and a thank you to the fans.

PASHS is wishing Papoose all the best of luck with the album and we genuinely cant wait for it to drop in 2 hours time. With love from the UK.

https://twitter.com/Papooseonline

 

Honorable mentions to DJ KAYSLAY for providing us with the mixtapes and keeping the StreetSweepers vibe alive.

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JJ fad; Supersonic. 1988
During the NWA era  JJ Fad associated themselves with NWA projects and tours. From the buzz that was created Dr Dre produced an album for them, which eventually went platinum selling around 400,000 copies of their single along with no promotion. Dres and Yellas beats would later be viewed as sticking to their electric roots (from the World Class Wreckin Crew) with a friendly funky mix which allowed the music to be heard on local radio stations. The album earned the group a top status however with the departure of Dr Dre and Yella on beats future albums wouldn’t sell half as well.

10.

Michel’le: Michel’le. 1989
Known for her squeaky voice in person, Michelle debuted her top selling album during the peak of NWAs reign. Before the days of Faith and Mary J Blige the album was new, raw and bragged high quality production from Yella and Dre. Even in the days of the World Class Wreckin Crew her vocals were unique. After selling 1.5million copies of her album the buzz eventually died down and her music is now considered a Dr Dre classic.

9.

The firm: The Album. 1997. 
During the shift from New York street music emerged the mafia influenced album of The Firm. In the style of acts like Scarface the album was produced differently to other Dre albums with heaver bases and slow strings. The all-star line-up included Nas, Foxy Brown, AZ, and Narture. This period was considered the prime of the artist. Commercially the album didn’t do so well and The Firm never released a follow up album even though The Album was   certified gold and grew to have a cult following. All the artists in the group went on to fulfil successful careers.  The album would also be the reason some fans felt Dr Dre had “fallen off” after lack of appreciation for the new style.
Honourable Mentions: Executive Decision, Phone Tap, Affirmative Action.

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The D.O.C.: no one can do it better. 1989

Before NWA released Straight Outta Compton, The DOC had inputted to all prior NWA albums. His distant voice and mellow rhythms were welcomed in the rap scene leading to a debut album produced by Dr Dre and NWA. After recording the album DOC became a top figure in hip hop and with the lead single “Its Funky Enough becoming a critical success the album began having a cult following. Shortly after The DOC was involved in a car crash leaving his voice tarnished for MCing. He later began working behind the scenes for Dr Dres future works.
Honourable mentions: No One can do it better, The Formula and Its Funky Enough.

7.

The Game: The Documentary. 
After the success of 50 Cent, Compton Rapper The Game would be the next of Dr Dres prodigy’s to confirm Dr Dre hadn’t fallen off. The album went on to sell 600,000 units in its first week and eventually selling over 6million albums worldwide. The album bragged a new era for West coast music after the rise of New York Rap in the 90s. During the rise of 50 Cent the game learned how to compose music (Stating he only started rapping three years prior to being signed to Aftermath). 50 Cent helped to write around half of the tracks on the album but after relationships turned sour at Interscope, The Game who was once part of 50 Cents G Unit Group was later dropped.  Both Game and 50 went their separate ways both being involved with similar careers (Movie Roles and mix tapes).
Honourable Mentions: We Aint, Dreams and Westside Story (Feat 50 Cent).

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Eminem: The Slim Shady LP. 1999
With 300,000 albums sold in the opening week, The Slim Shady LP brought Dr Dre and Eminem to a more commercial market. Dr Dre was quoted with saying the album as created by Eminem and Dr Dre both popping Ecstasy Pills in the studio. After a heavy two day jam session they would reunite after a night to hear what they had recorded. The album established Eminem as a heavyweight rap artist and indirectly helped to overcome critics who argued Rap was a form of racial discrimination singling white people out as an enemy ( A view built from the early hard-core rap records of the 80s, e.g. Public Enemy and X- Clan)
Honourable Mentions: I’m Shady, Still Don’t Give A Fuck, Brain Damage.

5.

Eazy E: Eazy Duz It. 1988
Arguably the rap album that earned Dr Dre the title of most upcoming producer. By 1995 the album had sold over 2.5 Million with little to no promotion. This would become the only full length LP produced by Dr Dre for Eazy E before departing from NWA. The album was an early chance to see what the future of what West coast music would become, with mellow beats and Eazys signature style this album really was the solo album everyone was expecting and more! The album was written by MC Ren, Ice Cube and Dre which would pave the way for all future NWA albums.

Honourable mentions: Ruthless Villains (Feat M.C. Ren), 2 Hard Mutha (Feat Mc Ren), Eazier Said than Done (Feat Dr Dre).

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Snoop Dogg: Doggystyle. 1993

Before Eminem, Outcast and Little Wayne, Doggystyle was the fastest selling rap album of all time selling over 800,000 copies in its first week. Considered Snoop Doggs Best work the album boasted a new G funk style with mellow but hard beats over Snoops slurred style. Rumours of how the album was created have often been disputed in the past. The song “Tha Shiznit” was said to be completely freestyled and done in one take.
Honourable Mentions: Gin and Juice (Feat Daz), Tha Shiznit and Murder Was the Case (Feat Daz)

3.

 50 Cent: Get rich or Die Trying. 2003

In its first week 50 Cent had sold 900,000 records and was already signing movie deals as well as brining G Unit to the forefront of the new era of Hip Hop. Eminem and Dr Dre reportedly produced the whole album, Eminem was responsible for tweaking lyrics and Dre perfected the beats. The outcome was among the most acclaimed Debuted albums in history. The fusion of Dr Dre and Eminem had created a verbal monster who had achieved more through his debut album than many of his New York counterparts had in their whole career. The album is considered 50 Cents finest work with every track in my opinion a hit.

2.

Dr Dre: The Chronic, 1992
Arguably the most anticipated album of its Era. The Chronic has been in top ten lists since the dawn of 90s Rap. With all-star appearances the album was the first time Snoop, Daz, Nate and Warren G would be in the mainstream. Chronic is hailed as holding the precedence for all Hip Hop albums, boasting a new style of beats, flow and even to an extent a world away from the political influence from the 80s (X-Clan, Public Enemy, NWA). The album was surrounded with controversy from finding a label to distribute it to members of the public concerned for the wellbeing of their children and the affect the music would have on them. For me this album was a turning point for Dre and 25years later it’s still being spun in my CD drive.
Honourable Mentions: Let Me Ride, Rata tat tat, Nuthin But A G Thang.

1.

NWA: Straight outta Compton. 1988
During the rise of inner city gang violence NWAs début album went double platinum with no tours or marketing. The album morphed the five members into superstardom and is often credited with launching hip-hop into the mainstream market. With tracks like Fuck The Police and Gangstar Gangstar the members were constantly hounded by threats from the FBI and other government officials demanding all future albums sales to be halted and censored, but it was too late to kill the buzz. The production of the album was acclaimed and is still considered top quality even by today’s standards. Chris Rock ranked the album as his number one top rap album of all time. The album was also credited from shifting the buzz of New York hip hop towards the west coast. I have a feeling ill be listening to this record when I’m 50!
Honourable Mentions: Fuck The Police, If It Aint Ruff and Express Yourself.

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”

“We want sanitary food  Planetary conquest
Thug peoples on some hard cold body shit
Get your shit together before the fuckin’ Illuminati hit…”  

Artist: Wu Tang Clan
Track: Impossible
Album: Wu Tang Forever
Year: 1997

“Excuse me Doug E Fresh
Yes?
Have you ever seen a show with fellas on the mic
With one minute rhymes that don’t come out right
They bite, they never right, that’s not polite
Am I lying?
No, you’re quite right
Well tonight on this very mic you’re about to hear
We swear, the best darn rappers of the year
So, so, cheerio, yell, scream bravo
Also, if you didn’t know this is called The Show”

Doug E Fresh
Track: The Show 1985

It’s funny how money changes situations
Miscommunication leads to complication
My emancipation don’t fit your equation

Now, now how come your talk turn cold
Gained the whole world for the price of your soul
Tryin’ to grab hold of what you can’t control
Now you’re all floss, what a sight to behold
Wisdom is better than silver and gold

Now don’t you understand man universal law
What you throw out comes back to you, star
Never underestimate those who you scar
Cause karma, karma, karma comes back to you hard
You can’t hold God’s people back that long
The chain of Shatan wasn’t made that strong
Trying to pretend like your word is your bond

Lauren Hill
Track: Lost Ones