Right here we got a classic – Snoop Doggs debut sold almost 1 million copies just within the first week of its release making it the fastest selling Hip Hop record back then! Nobody else but Dr. Dre was responsible for production and following “The Chronic”, the so called G-Funk was in its prime in 1993. Snoops voice was unique and irresistible, his flow outstanding – a new rap star was born.
DJ Quik was signed by Profile Recods after they heard his mixtape “The Red Tape”. Even this album was supposed to be sold in the hood! It was recorded in only 17 days and sold over 1 million copies in the US. The production was mainly handled by DJ Quik himself and his smooth rapping accompanied by the funky beats is just a timeless classic.
Paris is a Californian rapper who is known for his highly charged political and socially conscious lyrics. His second album “Sleeping With The Enemy” stimulated much controversy with songs such as “Bush Killa”. That’s why he had had a lot of difficulties to find a label to distribute the album. After being rejected by a few companies, the record had been already manufactured by Warner Bros. but they destroyed the copies at the last minute and payed him off. So he started his own label and released the record there.
Willie D was a member of the popular Southern Hip Hop group “Geto Boys”. In 1992 he left the Geto Boys to pursue his solo career. So in 1994 he released his third album. It’s very consistent and really rather sounds like a West Coast album than Rap from the South. The lyrics are hilarious when he talks about women and sex – but a few songs also cover conscious topics. Somethin’ Good? That’s up to you…
The debut by Above The Law was a milestone for Westcoast Gangsta Rap. Nobody else but the almighty Dr. Dre was responsible for production. Introducing the so called “G-Funk” the album was a real zinger. It is very funky indeed and highly consistent as well. Untouchable? Well, judge for yourself…
His first self-titled album made it into the 100 best Hip Hop Albums by the Source. However, this one, his second record is both a lot better in terms of production and rapping. His flow is really nice thanks to his slowish rap style. The album has the typical West Coast sound to it and is very consistent. A no brainer for any Hip Hop fanboy.
Their debut “Livin’ like hustlers” is considered to be one of the best west coast rap albums of all time. However, this time Cold 187um took over production from Dr. Dre. A few guest appearances (2Pac, Eazy-E, Kokane & MC Ren) spice up their third release. “Livin like hustlers” is arguably the better record but if you like funky albums you should definitely check out “Black Mafia Life”. To put it in a few words – G-Funk at its best.