Posts Tagged ‘Boyz In Tha Hood’

eazy eMy very first introduction to Hip Hop or Gangsta Rap as it was called back in the day was to Eazy-E and his group N.W.A. The mere fact that these guys were writing songs that were scaring the crap out of white suburban America was interesting to me. Grunge had crept it’s ugly head firmly into MTV and I wasn’t about to have it so naturally I became a fan of Gangsta Rap. Eric “Eazy-E” Wright was one of those rappers whose personality caught my attention and he would forever become immortalized. Unfortunately, Eazy-E would pass away from AIDS in 1995 before his second full length album ever saw the light of day, but I wanted to turn out attention over to Eazy’s second EP that he released called It’s On (Dr. Dre) 187um Killa that we are going to talk about today. In 1992, Dr. Dre had released his first solo record The Chronic which on a couple of tracks Eazy-E was dissed which later in court would cost Dr.Dre because of the infamous Dre Day video. To respond to the diss, Eazy-E teamed up with DJ Yella, Gangsta Dresta, B.G. Knocc Out, and many more to come up with this record. 

eazy e 2Exxtra Special Thankz is the intro track to the album where Eazy calls out all of Dre’s crew including Snoop Dogg. He also mentions the fact that Dre Day is making him money. Real Muthaphuckkin G’s is the next track on the record where Eazy continues to call them out to a cool bass riff. We also get introduced to B.G. Knocc Out and Gangsta Dresta on this track. They also try to call Dre out on his street credibility claiming that Dre shouldn’t rap about some of the things he was singing. Any Last Werdz is the next track and it has a cool funky R&B flow to it while Eazy raps with Above The Laws Cold 187um  and Kokane. The track was minorly successful as it hit number 69 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and it hit number 5 on the Hot Rap Singles chart. Still A Nigga is the next track on the record and it features Rhythum D on the track. It’s a track where Eazy-E boasts about all of his accomplishments to a dark and ominous beat.  Gimme That Nutt is the next track and it’s one of the dirtiest raps songs I believe Eazy ever did. Just look at the title and imagine what it’s about. Boyz In Tha Hood (GMix) is the next track and I believe it’s the third time that the song had been remixed. My personal favorite version of the track is on Eazy’s first solo record, this one was changed too much to fit the sound of the record. Down 2 Tha Last Roach samples N.W.A.’s Express Yourself  and A Bitch Iz A Bitch while Eazy starts the track off sounding like an Alien. Eazy uses a vocal effect on the track that predates autotune being used in rap and at one point they mention tons of facts about Marijuana. It was an album that hit number one on the Top R&B/Hip Hop albums chart while it peaked at 5 on the Billboard Top 200. Eazy mentions Dre in every track except for Boyz In Tha Hood and Gimmie That Nut. This was one of my favorite records from Eazy-E and it’s a shame that he is no longer with us. I am giving the EP four stars out of five.

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