Music To Driveby (CD)

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There are West Coast classics, and then there is Music To Driveby, the third album from the group that birthed MC Eiht: Compton’s Most Wanted. Although the group started in the late ‘80s with multiple MCs (including Tha Chill and Boom Bam), by 1992 Eiht was pulling the group’s vocal weight – supported by DJ Mike T on turntables and production – and even producing and co-producing tracks.

Music To Driveby might lack beats-per-minute variety, but to fans that’s not a bad thing. Across the board, this is mid-tempo, super deep, funky hip-hop, made for cars creeping along boulevards across the West and South, and it’s about as good as it gets for such purposes. Just about filler-free, the album struts intensely and with purpose, as Eiht throws tales of Cali street life at fans for an hour straight, almost without a break.

This solo marathon is given a respite only once, with Scarface’s guest spot on “N 2 Deep,” an excellent hood roller supported by a soulful guitar lick sampled from Lyn Collins’ “Do Your Thing.” Elsewhere, Eiht rolls alone and intensely, on cuts like the classic smash single “Hood Took Me Under” which ended up in GTA San Andreas; the album’s second single and Tim Dog attack “Who’s Fu**ing Who?”; the hometown big-up “Compton 4 Life”; and hustle tales like “Jack Mode” and “I Gots To Get Over” and sequels for "Duck Sick" and the DJ Quik diss track "Def Wish II" complete with Ray Liotta's Goodfellas samples.

After this album, Eiht released more classics under his own name, and with similar fan worship. It was the continuation of a legendary career and Music To Driveby still ranks high on anyone’s “West Coast Legends” playlist. Gyeahhhhhh


1 Intro 
2 Hit The Floor 
3 Hood Took Me Under 
4 Jack Mode 
5 Compton 4 Life 
6 8 Iz Enough 
7 Duck Sick II 3
8 Dead Men Tell No Lies 
9 N 2 Deep
10 Who's Xxxxing Who? 
11 This Is A Gang 
12 Hoodrat 
13 Niggaz Strugglin
14 I Gots Ta Get Over 
15 U's A Bitch
16 Another Victim 
17 Def Wish II 
18 Music To Driveby


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