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In 2004 came the self-entitled debut from the Atlanta-based Crunk five-piece, Crime Mob. Consisting of members, Lil' Jay, Killa C, Diamond, M.I.G. and Princess, the group pride themselves on having a mixed-genre line-up of rappers to all show what damage they can do with their Crunk sound.
1. "Crunk. Inc"
2. "Knuck If You Buck"
Just as te first tracks from their second album, this lead single to the record features Lil Scrappy, and in this case it has them doing exactly what is expected of them as they come out with the Crunk-est arrangement and just chant as they go around talking of the ways that they will take down any haters.
3. "If You Got Ana"
Working off the same themes as before this one has them speaking of what action will be taken to those who have ana(mosity - Southern slang for unofficial beef) towards them, and do so by calling out to these un-named opposing forces, they talk of how they are ready, able and willing to take on the hate.
4. "I'll Beat Yo Azz"
This violent display is what you should really be expecting from the group as it gets them doing pretty typical stuff on this one with a raging flow of rhymes which all centre around them wanting to take it to those who step to them in the clubs. At this stage it begins to get repetitive already, but it still strong work.
5. "F**k N***az"
PThis one is a straight Crunk recording, it is designed specifically for the clubs for chanting along to. Personally, I thought that the highlight of the entire thing was where the thing breaks down towards the end as all focus is put on the 808 pounding bass.
This one has the two females of the group, Diamond and Princess coming together for a joint track in which they rap about what they wear in the clubs. It is just amazing how they rage in this particular tune with the pair getting fired up by such a non-aggressive topic, but they manage to switch it quite menacingly into a track about how stilettoes are also the best weapon in the clubs too.
7. "Ain't No Joke"
In case they hadn't made it clear with the six tracks whihc came before it, they beat into your head further that they are people to be messed around as they have always got things to be delaing with, so anything which interupts their hustle is only going to get on their nerves even more (and it doesn't sound as if you want to be doing that).
8. "If You Wanna Try Me"
This one was a pretty average one on the tracks, and at this point it was certainly played out with what they spoke about as it had been basically used to its full limits by this point and even the beats seems recycled by this point too. However it is the most authentic hood, Crunk sound you have.
9. "Ellenwood Area"
This one is fairly simple and it shows that the group didn't think that much would really come of this album, as they keep it all very specific about where they represent with Ellenwood Area as far as it goes (since they are facing hate from so many others in Atlanta. The beats for this are as fye as the group with some Bass-inspired production from Killa C
10. "Put Yo Hands Up"
In the only tracks which isn't personally produced by a member of the group, you have Oomp Camp's DJ Montay taking control of things here, and the change is immediately apparent with a more professional sound coming through on this particular tune. It gives them a chance to open things up with a more gentle club track, but they keep it hood with another fight rap.
11. "Diggin' Me"
It seems that by this time they have lots the feel for what they are doing, and will just still anything together. It is certianly the case when you consider the theme of this one. It is completely different to the Gangsta work in opening tracks, and has the male members opening up with a desperation to make a relationship work but with wasted Crunk beats.
Despite the sub-genre of Crunk being quite destinct by this point, Crime Mob seem to do it in a very gritty manner, which certainly wouldn't give it any shot at commercial success. However they make sure that even with samey beats throughout, the thing is quite varied.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Crunk Inc.
2 Knuck if You Buck - Crime Mob, Lil Scrappy
3 If You Got Ana
4 I'll Beat Yo Azz
5 F**k N*****
6 Stillettos (Pumps)
7 Ain't No Joke
8 If You Gonna Try
9 Ellenwood Area
10 Put Yo Hands Up
11 Diggin Me
12 Black Market Bonus