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Westside Ridah Report 9.29 rage
The month of September has had so many great albums in hip hop history. The close of the month is no different. We are highlighting 4 massive releases in hip hop history this month.
Starts off in the Bay September 1993. Spice 1, had some previous underground songs, and coming from Hayward CA, the Haystack, he coined the phrase “East Bay Gangsta”. September 28th, 1993, his 2nd studio album on Jive dropped, 187 he Wrote. Born Robert Lee Green, Jr; Spice 1 – “Sex, Pistols, Indo, Cash and Entertainment,” has been a hip hop pioneer, G style, with lyricism and 1 of the first to incorporate raga style in hip hop. The album reached #1 on Billboard’s US Top R&B & Hip Hop Albums. A whose who of westcoast producers assisted, including Too Short, E-A-Ski, MC Eiht, Prodeje, and Mentally Blunted. Guest appearances by Prodeje From South Central Cartel, MC Eiht, E-40, Ant Banks, and Boss & Gnut (RIP) from 187 fac. The stand out cuts, 187 he wrote, Dumpin Em in Ditches, The Murda Show, Mo Mail, and Trigga Gots No Heart which was featured on Menace II Society Soundtrack.
The same day 187 He Wrote Dropped, Souls of Mischief released 93 Til Infinity. This album changed hip hop. Straight outta Oakland, The crews sounds featured jazz and funk samples, and lyrics upon lyrics, metaphors, and music to make your head bob and your brain to think. This style was eventually called “Backpack Hip Hop”, for during this time wearing a backpack filled with everything hip hop was in. The Hieroglyphics camp includes Del, Casual, Tajai, Opio, Phesto and A-Plus. The Album 93 Til, is looked at as a classic, banging and head nodding throughout the album. Of course the title cut, is a fan favorite, but with so many good songs, you just gotta take your pick. After this release, many artists came out with more of a jazzy style with lyrics than what we knew from the G-Funk Era.
We are also highlighting THUG LIFE. The Thug Life Album came out Sept 26, 1994. Tupac Shakur had been working on putting together a group, things got tough but this album dropped with Big Syke, Stretch, Mopreme and The Rated R. Story goes, Interscope scrapped the first version of the album, calling it controversial. Pac recorded 2 other versions of the album, with reportedly some of those songs STILL not released. Which version was the one that had Biggie on it, Notorious Big who used to live with Tupac a short time in NY, was to be in Thug LIFE, which is where the 2 songs with Pac come from. Runnin’ was never put on the album. Will we ever hear the original Thug Life album, that is not known, but what is that the album with 10 songs was solid. Stretch who is on the album, is the reported sellout of Pac’s camp.. when he got on trail differently than when Tupac was arranged for his charges in 1993. The Hate U Gave Little Infants Fucks Everybody is Thug Life, and this phrase would go on to be used in other songs, to hollywood comedies. In 2019, Universal Music Group dropped a video for the most popular track “How Long Will They Mourn Me”, what other parts of this historic album have not seen the light of day? RIP to the GOD Pac, THUG LIFE in the mix this week.
GEAH. The Last album we are featuring, Music to Driveby by Comptons Most Wanted, released September 29, 1992. This is the 3rd album by CMW. CMW is Mc Eiht, Tha Chill, Boom Bam, Dj Mike T, and DJ Slip. This album Tha Chill was in the hells of Amerikkka, prison and was not featured on the album. A classic Gangsta album, the hit on this album was “Hood Took Me Under”,” which has been featured on films, and GTA San Andreas the video game. The Cut N 2 Deep features Scarface from Geto Boys, and the album is filled with disses to Tim Dog and Quik (who Eiht was beefing with at the time). The dark sound of the album provided by Dj Slip, Eiht, Mike T, The Unknown DJ and Rick Rock. Nothing else to say, but lets bang dis…
Written by: rage