(Records on K Street, RIP... and PLEASE tell me everyone knows where this photo is from)
Wasnâ€™t really shit that dropped yesterday as far as new West Coast releases, save for a new one from Andre Nickatina, aka Dre Dog (Iâ€™ll burn it). But I did search through the used section at the record store, and I managed to dig up some heaters...
Just to put out the warning, these arenâ€™t all West Coast albums- in fact, only one of them is.
Some days you go digging through the used section at a record store with a pocket full of cash waiting to be spent, and you come up empty-handed. And some days, you go digging and you find every album that ever got lost, stolen or lended out indefinitely. Today was one of the latter days.
Besides a shitload of albums that Iâ€™ve always kind of thought about copping, or albums that I was interested in, but hadnâ€™t heard enough about yet, there was a pretty hefty inventory of albums that I had on a list in the back of my head, as well as a one or two that I had forgotten about.
First off, I found Mobb Deepâ€™s Hell On Earth, and now the Mobbâ€™s section in my M/N/O CD storage is complete (although itâ€™s been hard to keep from taking Infamy out and throwing it as far away as I can. One of my favorite hip hop groups on Godâ€™s green earth, which is a fact that will help me forgive them for making Blood Money over time.
Next up, Likwidation Tha Alkoholiks, which is a certified classic. While itâ€™s not as good 21 & Over or Coast To Coast, itâ€™s definitely not as bad as their last album. While just about any Liks album is worth buying just to hear Tash rip, â€œKillinâ€™ It,â€ â€œHip Hop Drunkiesâ€ and â€œLikwit Ridasâ€ definitely make this one worth keepinâ€™ around.
Right next to the Alkaholiks album, I found Between A Rock And A Hard Place from Artifacts. I donâ€™t even have to say anything about this one, other than that I wish Tame and El had never parted ways... If you donâ€™t know about this album, you suck at life.
Gang Starrâ€™s Hard To Earn, ditto. Every fucking song on this one is a classic.
Last but not least, I unearthed a gem: Witchdoctorâ€™s a s.w.a.t. healinâ€™ ritual. I lost this one after it got jacked in my senior year of high school, and I hadnâ€™t listened to it since. But as corny as it may sound, hearing this album again was like running into an old friend. This guyâ€™s album was criminally slept on, which is a shame, because itâ€™s one of the most perfect albums that Organized Noize ever laid their hands on. There are appearances from the whole Dungeon Family- and this is when they were in their prime -but dude can definitely hold his own. If you never heard this album, seek it out. It might be alittle hard to find, but youâ€™ll be so glad that you searched.
There were a few more albums that Iâ€™m going to go back on Friday to swoop up on. If I cop anything worth telling you all about, Iâ€™ll definitely fill you in.
On top of everything else, of course I bought that new Jeezy album, and I gotta say itâ€™s pretty fucking consistent. Of course heâ€™s not dropping crazy knowledge bombs or anything, but I donâ€™t think anyone would buy a Young Jeezy album expecting such. The production on the new joint is up to par with the Letâ€™s Get It, and itâ€™s nice that he eased up a little on all the coke rap and showed he at least had the versatility to talk about some other topics. Iâ€™m glad that Jeezy didnâ€™t fall into a sophomore slump; shitâ€™s definitely worth picking up if you didnâ€™t already.
And somebody please tell me if the new Project Patâ€™s worth copping... Iâ€™m a little hesitant.