Various Artists - NWA Tribute      
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written by Hugo Lunny    
Very rarely do I give an album less than five. Usually an album isn't that bad, but i have been known to rate pure bullshit as bullshit. N.W.A. were one of the reasons I first realized that rap was dope. Well, they got me into it. I followed them since 'Straight Outta Compton' in '89 but for some reason I never copped 'NWA & The Posse' but anyway. As you can gather by what I've just said - I am a fan of the N.W.A. but this CD isn't anything near the level they did their album upon.

The album has a line up of rappers trying to recreate the rush you got from the earlier material. King T, MC Eiht and Dre'sta tried their hardest to recreate 'Straight Outta Compton,' but, they failed. I would have thought at least Dre'sta and King Tipsy would have let their memory live on without trying to tamper with it. Other feeble attempts include 'Gangsta Gangsta' with Snoop Dogg and C-Murder (the cut can also be found on Snoop's latest masterpiece?) '8 Ball' by Jayo Felony. In fact practically everything is a disappointment.

The album is saved slightly by 'Compton's N The House' (Live) which can also be found on 'NWA Greatest Hits' and Bone Thugs N' Harmony's rendition of 'F*ck Tha Police' in which they go back to their style first found on 'Faces Of Death' and slow down their rhyming. It ain't brilliant but they actually do the track justice.

Even Big Pun can't make the track he features on appealing. 'Quiet On The Set' is Big Pun, Fat Joe and Cuban Link trying to re-do what N.W.A. did in '89.

This may appeal to you, provided you haven't heard the earlier material. However, if you have heard the earlier material and loved it (like me) this will practically draw you to tears. N.W.A. were dope - this really isn't. I wouldn't have minded and still hope that I'll see an N.W.A. reunion with the four remaining members, I think that would be dope, but, it is just a dream. R.I.P. Eric 'Eazy-E' Wright.









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