November 2, 2015

Mac Dre - Young Black Brotha: The Album (1993)

The Young Black Brotha album is a full length made up of funky cuts from Mac Dre's four EP's put out in the late 80s and early 90s as well as a couple of tracks exclusive to it. With Dre focusing on macking, breaking hoes, selling some rocks, smokin' hemp, and staying independent over Khayree's dirty mobb beats, this is as important to the Bay Area hip hop culture as the albums put out by Too $hort and E-40. Khayree packs this album full of fat, steady, and unswinging bass, juicy guitar licks, and subtle synth lines which proved the Bay Area's funk was much different from the sounds coming out of Los Angeles. Other than some competition from Too $hort, Dre is easily the mobbiest rapper to ever hit wax; he just bounces on and on and sticks to the confident basslines funkier than three wheel motion. The 75 minute duration is made very manageable by the fact that this is a compilation of 4 different EP's and guarantees most tracks on the album are going to have a slightly different flavor while all coming together under the dope mobb aesthetic. Dre isn't an incredibly diverse rapper, but the way he pieces up his mackin' lyrics under that flashy Bay Area accent should make anyone want to listen to what he's got to say.

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Young Black Brotha: The Album