>>61873599 Okay, well if you want the best "gangsta" album then nothing gets grittier or more cerebral than the no-holds-barred confessions of the real (both in reality and threat level) mastermind, Rick Ross, on his instant-classsic: Mastermind. See, the problem with most "gangsta" rap is there's too much lies and bullshit clouding up the game, too many phonies or wannabes that water down the game and give us tacky cash-grabs aimed at white suburban moms who want to have a little, safe, thrill from listening to dangerous negro music, like "classics" such as Illmatic, the Chronic, or even the largely and grossly falsified "Straight Outta Compton". See, where the other pseudo-gangsters fail is where Don Rozay truly, and even with the grit he brings a little glamour, shines. Don't just take my word for it, give the album a listen and don't be a busta!
>>61873989 I'm gunna guess and say that you're not a massive fan of hip-hop music. Because that's the only way you could not find something special in it. Temperature's Rising, Up North Trip, Cradle to the Grave and Shook Ones are incredible hip-hop songs.
it's the greatest fluke of all time. this album drags me back every other week. this is what happens when raw talent and timing come together. all they had was raw talent though, they never did anything else half as good. the bangers are the biggest bangers i know of.
>>61874477 I'm not who you're replying to, but Cradle to the Grave is in my top 5 hip-hop songs of all time.
To me, it's about the story telling. It's so grimy and gritty that it just gives you a feel for the entire atmosphere of NY at the time. It's such a raw song, it just sounds real. Very few songs in hip-hop have ever been able to convey that same level of feeling, for me.
>>61874623 The way the skit before leads into it as amazing too, the production on this album is seriously good. The way Prodigy and Havoc share verses is incredible, easily one of the best hip hop songs ever. I feel like Prodigy is a much stronger rapper and lyricist throughout this album (which is fair enough as Havoc is already fantastic producer) but Havoc really holds his own on this one.
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