"Making Trouble" came in 1988 and was the debut album for the Houston Rap group the Geto Boys. A completely different act to what we would see in later years, here the group was comp[osed of Bushwic Bill (the only orginal member to be with the group for their full duration), DJ Ready Red, Prince Johnny C and Sire Jukebox. As compared to later releases, this an early example of southern Hip Hop, received nowhere near the amount of attention that later releases from this group would see (with Scarface and Willie D as part of the act).
1. "Making Trouble"
They set things off with this one as they show exactly what this crew represent as a Hip Hop act and come with a tune that shows their main influences. The roaring flows and Metal production affirms my suspicion that we would have some Run-D.M.C. imitators here and this is exactly what you get from this one as you get some tag team rhymes and such, but I still couldn't say I disliked it at all in spite of clear biting.
We see that they move things on a little here and although we get no develops, in terms of their approach to rhyming (as it still sounds like a straight take off Run-D.M.C., however the subject matter seems to have shifted towards things which support things which they know more about, however they are completely incapable of making it come together in a way that offered much to the listener.
3. "Balls & My Word" (Lude)
Following an instrumental track where you get their DJ doing his thing, we see that on this one we have a joint from them where they play the role of the bad guys an attempt to show that they are able to compete with the other major 'Gangsta Rap' album of this year (N.W.A's "Straight Outta Compton", but when you consider just how weak this one is put together and how over-the-top their ruthless imagery is, it's no use you won't have heard of this one.
5. "Why Do We Live This Way"
We get pretty funky beats out of this one and I felt that it was a nice way to get things live and show what they have to offer to the game 9as something that hte Hip Hop world was missing) however we find that on this one all they do is attempt to come out with something that has them trying to bit off another big name in the game. However it was a massive mistake to head to the Old School and attempt a '88 version of "The Message" Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five's with an attempt at doing Melle Mel tried out with this one.
6. "I Run This"
They switch things up again and come out with a joint that has them getting right back on that Run-D.M.C. tip with this one as they pick up the speed of things and get back to trying to impress us with rhymes which sound massively outdated by this point (when you consider that this dropped after the first albums from the likes of Eric B. & Rakim, Public Enemy and Big Daddy Kane). However, looking at it now, I can't say I didn't enjoy this throwback joint.
7. "No Curfew"
After a lengthy introduction, we see that they move their way into things by hitting out with a tune that seems to make DJ Ready Red's role in things much more prominent as he seems to have as big an influence upon the sound of the music (with all the cuts and scratches that he injects into the tracks) as the two MCs who work off each other's flows in just the way that DJ Run and D.M.C did.
8. "One Time Freestyle"
Here we see that you get yet more evidence of them straight biting by names in the game who they clearly hadn't heard to have become too commercialised, to the point where their music would never have been turned to over even the newest names in the game. The way that they rip the flows show that they seem to have worked with this approach since Run-D.M.C.'s debut and so with half a decade's worth of that style of rap in their head, they are unable to find their own style.
9. "Geto Boys Will Rock You"
Here you get some predictable material as they get back to the sort of thing that set the album off as you have them introducing more of the Metal into their music and do so whilst interpolating Queen's "We Will Rock You". Little of significance comes here and so I doubt that many will have really enjoyed much of it and although it may fit in here, it is completely irrelevant to the Hip Hop world at this time.
10. "You Ain't Nothin'"
This is the lowest of low for the act as they end the thing, and try to do something new on this one and attempt a little something that increases the pace in a way that really doesn't go well in with the mix of their East Coast beats. There's no syncopation with this one and having them introduce an obvious Elvis Presley sample into it really didn't help them out in any way at all as they show more how they don't know what they are doing.
11. "The Problem" (Outro)
This album shows just how isolated Houston's Hip Hop scene was at this time as the Geto Boys are stuck in the past with Grandmaster Melle Mell's and Run-D.M.C.'s styles of rhyming and the kind of stuff that was far outdated on both the East and the West Coasts by this point in time. Although I can say it enjoyed much of it, at the time they won't have been looked up to by many as they bring nothing original to the table at all and so can't be said to offer much here.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Making Trouble
3 Balls and My Word
5 Why Do We Live This Way
6 I Run This
7 No Curfew
8 One Time Freestyle
9 Geto Boys Will Rock You
10 You Ain't Nothin'