January 5, 2017

B.G. - Chopper City In The Ghetto (1999)

The cleanest album Cash Money ever did, straight up. It's All On U (Volumes 1 & 2) were exceptional showcases of Mannie Fresh's newfound production style--when he changed from a gangsta vibe to the pulsing & lavish 808 funkiness he is known for today, but Chopper City In The Ghetto is where the style was immortalized. BG shows improvement in his bars since his already great 1997 albums, but most of that is probably just him getting more comfortable with the emerging Cash Money formula and filing in tighter with the increasingly more detailed Mannie Fresh production. BG has the most forgiving voice and flow of any Hot Boy, so if you're a gangsta rap fan to begin with, he probably won't rub you the wrong way. On the other hand, he isn't an overly exciting rapper either, but he rolls on the music with a little laid back flavor and that's all a collection of Mannie Fresh beats needs to achieve legendary status. If you're looking for a unique and scorching set on the mic, you'll probably have better luck with Lil Wayne's Tha Block Is Hot or Tha Carter, but 8 times out of 10 I find myself reaching for one of BG's albums because I prefer that less fatiguing, chilled-out vibe.