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Although not thought to be solely from the one city, during the early nineties it was generally thought that the Hip Hop sub-genre of G-Funk was only found in and around LA. This would change when Da Brat came out of Chicago, and with the help of Jermaine Dupri, she managed to drop a release to show how Dr. Dre's sounds had gone across to the Midwest and influenced her style with "Funkdafied". The record made her the first female rapper to go platinum, and so may have paved the way for the likes of Lil' Kim, Foxy Brown and Trina in the years that would follow.
1. Da S**t Ya Can't F*c' Wit'" (Intro)
2. "Fa' All Y'all"
After a track that sets things up and gives us an understanding of exactly what to expect here, we see that she comes out with a straight banger of a tune and one that carries through the sort of G-Funk heard on the album's introduction as she takes on all the sorts of things that the West Coast were doing at the time to great effect.
3. "Fire It Up"
She keeps that fire burning as she gets into this one. Here we find that we get a little something different as although we find that her delivery resembles the sort of thing that was extremely popular out of the Death Row camp at the time, the beats here are more East Coast-orientated and so reflects the fact that in the Mid-West they were yet to have a distinctive sound at this time.
Her debut single, this is a straight killer track from and one that has Jermaine Dupri coming out with some of the flyest production that he as ever been able to create and so while taking on elements of The Isley Brothers' "Between The Sheets" we find that Da Brat rips it like no others can and makes for a tune that really represents the album well when you consider that the majority of the album is just like this.
5. "May Da Funk Be Wit' Cha"
The winding synth returns for this one and so we get more West Coast connotations brought about from the get-go of the thing as she goes off once more. It's a killer tune and one that has her speaking on just how the sounds of that side of the US has had a massive impact upon the sort of music that she makes. There's a lot to like about this one and it keeps the album rolling well here.
6. "Ain't No Thang"
Although her rhymes may not sound all that special, what she comes out with was highly-popular during this period (especially since the hype of Dr. Dre's "Chronic" and Snoop Doggy Dogg's "Doggystyle" was in the air, we see that we get some more of that influence as she gets some guest toasts from a Dancehall musician to just add to the thing and make for another tune that goes hard here.
7. "Come and Get Some"
Another track rich with 'Tha Fonk', it's almost too much as we see just how well Jermaine Dupri is able to match the sort of things that were heard by many out in LA, Las Vegas and Oakland around this sort of time. The tune is a rough one and you really wouldn't expect to get out of here (never mind the guest appearance by one half of Kriss Kross) and so it makes for a nice addition to the record.
8. "Mind Blowin'"
She gets us moving once again here as you are forced into a funky sway as this one begins and then she comes out with some hype flows taken from the throwback days of this genre, and then she gives a G-Funk twist on it all in order to bring it towards a little something that she seems to connect much easier with. Jermaine Dupri offers a few added flows on this one to complete it and make for another killer.
9. "Give It To You"
Seeming to end quite abruptly, we see that the album ends on this one. Sampling The Mary Jane Girls' "All Night Long" we see that on this one we have her making for a little something that ensures that you are left impressed by the sort of things that have been heard through the album as she comes with more of her raw rhymes as she shows how she can compete with the other female rapper from out on the West Coast.
An album rich in Funk, it's almost too much and I felt that although it's not very original, the way she does it ensures that you can't complain that she's just jacking from the West Coast. There's a lot to like about the album and if you like one of the tracks from it then you are bound to be down with the rest that it offers.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Da Shit You Can't Fuck Wit
2 Fa All Y'all
3 Fire It Up
4 Celebration Time
6 May Da Funk Be Wit'cha
7 Ain't No Thang
8 Come And Get Some
9 Mind Blowin'
10 Give It To You