Lesane Parish Crooks, better known as 2Pac, started out as a background dancer for the alternative Hip Hop group “Digital Underground”. His second release “Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z.” was his breakout album and reached platinum status. It has a weird raw sound to it – in a good sense. A few singles stand out such as “I Get Around” or “Keep Ya Head Up” making it not only a must have for 2Pac fans but a great rap album of 1993.
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.
The Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E. consists of six brothers from Samoa. After their youngest brother got shot they decided to stop with their gangster life and toured in Japan in the late 80’s and got popular there. Eventually, they would return to California where A&R Chris Blackwell of Island Records got interested in them. This album is the result, very funky – and they played the instruments themselves.
In 1993, out of nowhere, a Hardcore Hip Hop group released “Bacdafucup” and won the Soul Train Award even acing out Dr. Dre’s “The Chronic”! The group was founded in a small barber shop in Queens where Fredro Starr and Stinky Fingaz were working at the time. After they presented a demo to Jam Master Jay at Def Jam they were promised an album – and what an album it is! Their rap style was unique back then – shouting & screaming to put it in a nutshell. Atak of da Bal-Hedz!
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…
Another one of those rap groups that seemed to pop out of nowhere in the late 80’s. 415 is the former area code of Oakland. This album has been well overlooked. It has that raw 80’s sound to it but at the same time features some nice funky samples. The lead rapper Richie Rich has a gritty voice and a great flow. This album is very rare to find nowadays at a decent price. So if you’re able to get a hold of a copy – pick it up!
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…
Right from the cover and the title of the album you might get what you’re about to listen to. Pure West Coast Gangsta Rap at its best! MC Eight’s rap style differs from most rappers, it’s quite slowish but fits perfectly to the typical west coast sound being used. This is a must have for hardcore hip hop heads. Chyeah!
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.