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Written by: Robbie Ettelson
Yeah, I copped The Chronic tape when it dropped and liked most of it. If I’d been old enough to drive around with a ridiculously loud system I’m sure I would have appreciated it even more, but even on a Sony Megabass it sounded pretty good. The problem was, once everyone on the West Coast heard Dr. Dre‘s opus, they decided to throw out all their P-Funk and Zapp records and buy keyboards. Hell, even the previously awesome Rap-A-Lot production crew in Houston abandoned their church organ and harmonica beats for synths and live bands. Sure it was more ‘creative’ but it sounded like crap compared to the old shit. LA Rap had a great period in the late 80’s once they got off that Egyptian Lover tip, with the Rhyme Syndicate, King T‘s crew, NWA and others who brought their own take on hard beats, but as soon as they figured out that a combination of a soft drums, whining keyboards and some random guitar licks could knock out a hit less than ten minutes, it was over. Not convinced? Does the name Warren G mean anything to you? If you answered yes, kill yourself.
Compare anything from the first three Compton’s Most Wanted albums to the shit Eiht put out afterwards:
CMW ‘This Is Compton’ (1987) video:
MC Eiht ‘Thuggin’ It Up’ (1986) video:
ATL were another perfect example – their first album had classic production. After that? Not so much.
Above The Law ‘Untouchable’ (1990) video:
Above The Law ‘Black Supermen’ (1994) video:
The good news is that Havoc & Prodeje of the South Central Cartel actually stuck to their guns and continued to sport jerri curls and ‘Mo Bounce’ loops for longer than most. It wasn’t until 1997 that they were struck by the curse of G-Funk.
South Central Cartel ‘Ya Getz Clowned’ (1992) video:
South Central Cartel ‘Servin’ Em Heat’ (1994) video:
South Central Cartel ‘SCGz’ (1997) video:
Bonus: Bloods and Crips ‘Bangin’ On Wax’ video:
Rhyme Syndicate Comin’ Through > The Chronic 2000
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