This was a fun listen. I like rap, but is not my forte. Still, I enjoyed the throwback to those 90s years. The lyrics were solid, even if I couldn't catch all of them, but I liked how they used their rhymes. I wasn't blown away, but I dug it.
I don't have an encyclopedic knowledge of "gangsta rap", but according to Wikipedia the first big hit album in the style was in 1988. The Notorious B.I.G. put out his first album in 1984. Before that happened, and the biggest incident in the whole east coast/west coast gangsta rap violence nonsense happened this album came out both satirizing and giving heft to the reality of what those others were glamorizing: killing random people, getting caught up in the violence yourself, getting thrown in jail - even HIV from (failed safe) sex - and that's all in one song.
It's a reminder that the period wasn't all anti-intellectual machismo and materialistic glorification of violence - there were people seeing the illusions of that world for what it was, telling intricate stories, and delivering it all with humor and putting it into a rhyme scheme. At the same time, they understood the temptations. That time wasn't the dark ages - but the bright lights didn't always sell. Unfortunately. The album also one of my favorite hip hop albums to listen to, lyrics aside - but part of that is because I don't cringe at the lyrics.
"Tell Me Who Profits"
The education will get you further
than murder and drugs, with thugs
you're better off being a nerd.
life don't mean nuthin' without phat pockets
that's the only way to get paid
you tell me who profits.