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You Don't Need A 'G' Ta Be O.G.
We Come Strapped - MC Eiht & CMW
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We Come Strapped - MC Eiht & CMW
Advantages: Lots of big tunes
Disadvantages: Lyrics aren't all that
Following success as part of the legendary West Coast Gangsta Rap crew Compton's Most Wanted, lead performer to the group MC Eiht stepped up to lead and take things a step further in 1994 with "We Come Strapped", the first time where the work of the artist would be credited as 'MC Eiht Featuring Comton's Most Wanted' as all of the other MCs took a step back, and allowed him to do things mostly on his own, but with DJ Slip of the group providing the G-Funk beats.
1. "N***az That Kill" (Intro)
2. "Def Wish III" (Lude)
3. "Def Wish III"
In order to do a straight banger to kick this album off and show exactly what the artist is about, you have a track which directs him right into the hardcore Gangsta Rap where he takes on those who he has a beef with (most significantly DJ Quik). It is a killer tune from him, and shows just how well he is able to do his work and direct it is specific places.
4. "Take 2 With Me"
Continuing it all through into this one you have a track which has him dealing with more of the same sort of expected thigns which you generally associate with the type of rap he performs and so in order to show that this release will get him playing right up to this type of thing, he does some basic gun raps where he tells what it is like out where he's living.
5. "All For The Money"
This is a track on the album which finds him showing exactly how much thought goes into his rhymes, as at times the standard of it all seems to abe fairly low in comparison to that of other artists who were around at the time as here he comes with more complex work with lots of conscious, ambiguities to keep you thinking.
6. "Compton Cyco"
Taking much of his background into account when focusing his rhymes, this one finds him describing himself as he would like to be known out where he is as he talks of how in Compton it's not enough to simply claim 'O.G.' and expect to be protected, you need to take things a step further into insanity in order to show people that you are down for anything when it comes to beef.
7. "N***az Make The Hood Go Round"
In quite a crude manner you find that MC Eiht gets into something quite dark here as he describes 'hood politics' and how exactly things differ from the general public. It is quite original for what is done with it, and the G-Funk beats which are used keep you interested throughout as he makeshis points clearly and shows that there's a lot more to him that what is expected.
8. "Nuthin' But High" (Lude)
9. "We Come Strapped"
The eponymous track from the album is just as good as it is supposed to be as you get the artist flowing in his unique manner and showing that even with the stop-start patterns he is able to make it flow effectively. With this, you get the inevitable repetition, which is bound to happen where the majority of the rhymes focus upon what guns he' using, he makes sure it's worth a listen just as others on the album are.
10. "Can I Still Kill It"
This is a fresh cut from the album and one which really lifts you as you see that he gets deep into the G-Funk style and shows that he can appeal to the club listeners too with the funky style whilst driving the rhymes. The flows take inspiration from other big West Coast names with Snoop Doggy Dogg and Too $hort getting mentions. It is right in with the swing of this type of work, and it is something you need to look out for.
11. "Goin' Out Like Geez"
Here you have him changing up his approach a little by taking an alternative angle on things by flowing out a cut which has it qall based on a typical day in the life of a South Central gangsta, and so here he describes what tends to happen as he rides with many others and blasts on anyone he has any sort of problem with. It is an expected one, and is done well.
12. "Nuthin' But The Gangsta"
This particular track stands out sigificnatly on the album as it is the only time on the thing where you get any guest vocals on it. Here you have each MC speaking of how the Gs of their region differ from what you get in Compton as The Bay Area's Spice 1, and New Jersey's Redman (of Def Squad) come to show what they are about on one of the best tracks from the album.
1. "Hard Times"
Here you get a track which finds the artist doing a track where he seems to lose his quality to some degree as he goes for one which doesn't really offer that much which stands out that more, and a lot of the rhymes are a little predictable. However he does excite people with a few subliminals directed to other West Coast names as he does his thing.
14. "Compton Bomb"
Here I would have to say that it was a relevant way in order to end the album off with, but I felt as though it didn't quite serve the album justice as much of what is done here takes from the quality of the rest of the record where each track shows just how strong his work can be. It is a darker and slower track without as much energy, but it's still not bad.
15. "2 Tha Westside" (Outro)
I saw this album as a pretty good one from MC Eiht (featuring Compton's Most Wanted) and there isn't really any particular track which pulls it down, however the general quality of it all isn't to a degree where you can say that it is flawless as his rhymes aren't rally all that, but the overall sound is impressive.
Summary: First MC Eiht Featuring Comton's Most Wanted' album