“ Genre: Hip-Hop & Rap - Gangsta & Hardcore / Artist: Eightball / Import / Audio CD released 2008-04-01 at Real Talk „
"Doin' it Big" is the first, and what I'm guessing to be the final album between 8Ball and E.D.I. Mean. The Mmephis rapper 8Ball makes up half of the legendary Southern Rap duo 8Ball * MJG, and the other artists on this album, E.D.I. is part of a crew, once lead by 2Pac (as Makaveli) going by the name of the Outlaws. The 2008 album has the two, who I wouldn't have put together, come together for a one-off piece.
1. "The Business" (Intro)
2. "F**k N***as"
With several references to popular, topical culture of the time when it was released, this one has 'Ball and E.D.I. (named in reference to idi Amin), use these as examples to describe what detremental effects came come as the result of such peoepl, named in the title snitching on thier "friends".
3. "It's Music"
Opening with a couple of lines in referenece to Soulja Boy, and his place in the world of Hip Hop, you get 8Ball showing respect for him, and all others out their doign music for specific crowds as Beezy does for the teens, nad he liekns this to how it took a while for Hip hop to be accepted.
4. "Super Bowl Big"
In what I would conder to be the best track on the album, you get the rapper taking on a pure Ganngsta Rap format as he has all aspects of things, such as production and lyrics focused on referning to how he buys to reflect his stature, which nothing short than "Super Bowl Big".
Here is an unexpectedly soft track, and has the pair pick on the fact that they don't have certainty when it comes to whether they will live another day, so they should do everything they wish to do as soon as it pops into their heads, and spend time wisely with close associates.
6. "Blow It Out"
Here you get a slowly-paced recording from E.D.I. Mean and 8Ball, and it has them come together in a pretty typical way as their share their experiences of recreational drug use. It is a laid-back cut, reflecting the mood of the tune, but this prevented it from expressing any internal energy.
7. "Real Down B***h"
8Ball talks us through a storty of a girl who he has know since school and was known for her great academic achievement, now grown, this now-matured figure has all whichc is required to satisfy him as she has the looks as well as the ability to stand on her own feet.
8. "Don't Stop"
I wasn't into this one as much as a lot of the rest of the track, sand this one seemed to siginfy where the energy levels dropeed dramatically as he goes for a rather slow one, but having poor production, leaving it with little really enjoy. It's just very plain.
9. "All I Need" (Lude)
10. "Real Quick"
On this one you have the low pace maiantained as he keeps the theme on the lines of relatiosnhips with girls, and in this one he condones promiscuity by rapping about how he has just found a girl out at night and wishes to have a one-night-stand, since he doesn't want to spil the faimly unit he has at home (not that this will help things).
11. "Greed" (Lude)
12. "Puttin' In Work" (feat. MJG)
By having 8Ball and E.D.I. joined by the former artists teamamte, it simply emphassies the fact that I see the pair so highly due to the input of MJG. It wasn't until this point where I realsieed that he's the one who held it all otgether, and the presence of so many weak tracks on this album showed this off. For this one, you have a decent track for the reasons I've already outlined.
You have another high-quality Gangsta Rap track here,where the two are given a chance to get tinot 8Ball's southern style with bass-lead production, bringing a dark atmosphere to the thing as they do their work. here they simply assert their position in the game.
14. "Already" (Outro)
Since there was very little promotion over this album, I didn't expect much from it, but it surprisingly came out ith a few nice little Gangsta Rap cuts which you prehaps would never have come across (even to fans of the genre). If you aren't familiar with their work, then I wouldn't bother getting into this, however it does contain a nice selection of underground rap tunes.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Tha Business
2 F*cK N**as
3 It's Music
4 Super Bowl Big
6 Blow It Out
7 Real Down B*tCH
8 Don't Stop
9 All I Need
10 Real Quick
12 Puttin in Work
13 Ain't Gotta Tell Ya