Mack 10 has been one of the more fortunate artists in this generation of West Coast rappers. While many west coast greats have faded away due to their inabilities to maintain the changing times, Mack 10 has persevered with his craft. It’s nothing new that the west coast has developed a sound that can’t be matched anywhere else. Problem is, everything from the west has a tendency of sounding the same.
Spanning well over ten years, Mack 10 has released a steady stream of banging albums and hits. His latest effort, “Hustla’s Handbook”, is no exception. From opening with “Like This”, the album bangs heavy. The song pairs Mack 10 with fellow west coast rapper Nate Dogg. '10 tickles his switches and whistles at the bitches on “Da Bizness”, while he and protégé Red Café get the ladies to pop their “heat” on “Pop.” Production throughout the album is on point, especially on tracks like “Don’t Hate Me”, courtesy of budding producer Neff-U. The hot beat, paired with Mack 10’s signature flow, and lyrics, “Chrome on everything, chrome on everybody, f*ck these ni**as we reload on everybody / it’s Hoo-Bangin or nothing motherf**ker / you wanna die, get crutches motherf**ker." “Don’t Hate Me” would easily have any and everybody movin’ in the club, not to mention bumpin in everybody’s systems throughout the hood.
Other certified classics include ‘The Testimony”, “So Gangsta”, “I’m A Star”, and Ride Out, which features St. Louis rapper Chingy rapping probably one of his best verses of his short career.
As always, Mack 10 has put together a certified hood classic in “Hustla’s Handbook”. His talent is undeniable, and with work of this nature, he can easily last another 10 years in this rap game.