September 30, 2015

YG'z - Street Nigga (1993)


A full length version of this EP probably wouldn't have been too fantastic, but really it's more of the production, not the rapping, that falls off a little bit on the back end. It's amazing how the producers on the last two non-remix tracks are nowhere near as good as Pete Rock even though they're using the same elements, but what's on those Pete Rock songs is awesome enough to call this a forgotten classic. I lost touch with the East coast sound in favor of dirty south and West coast hip hop a while ago, but I still think there's nothing better than New York rap done well. These guys are hardcore rappers--if they had underground Chicago sounding beats instead of Pete Rock I'd probably be calling them gangsta rappers--and they talk about peeling caps and blood in the rawest way with evenly timed flows. They might not exhibit C.L. Smooth's level of wordplay, but they do have the intangible qualities and personality C.L. Smooth doesn't have and it sucks that Pete Rock didn't get the chance to do bigger and better things with them.

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Street Nigga