January 23, 2015

Spice 1 - Spice 1 (1992)


Spice 1 is an authoritative MC with sick lyrics but he's real loose on these low key mobb bass lines. Like most bay area albums of the time he's got deep, simple, and semi-melodic bass working with a mid tempo hi-hat and snare and 2 different samples/synths maximum. For that reason I think this sounds better and more cohesive than the instrumentals his sophomore album. As far as rapping goes Spice can stutter, rap fast, rap with breaks, story tell, and has the energy to put the listener in their place, and that's why he's one of the greatest gangsta rappers ever. A lot of people are scared of him to this day, but Too $hort says you shouldn't be and that he's really just a great guy. Very influential bay area mobb album that let a whole new generation of gangstas in cities in the bay and across the country know how to rap, an essential.

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Spice 1