#TBT Classic Review: Bloods & Crips – ‘Bangin’ On Wax’
By Prezidential Poe
March 1993…a weekend trip to Detroit turned into the day I discovered ‘Bangin’ On Wax’, the debut album from a group called Bloods & Crips – who were actual Bloods and Crips hailing from multiple gang sets organized by O.Y.G RedRum781 and Tweedy Bird Loc.
The album begins with the intro “Gangsta Talk” there’s a heated discussion over making an album together to prove they were able to come together and do something positive at a time it was unheard of.
After the intro they get right into things with a duet titled “Bangin On Wax”. They go back and forth killing each other to a head-nodding sample of Zapp & Roger’s “More Bounce To The Ounce” that was Co-Produced by west coast legend DJ Battlecat.
“Piru Love”, one of the singles from the album that samples Zapp & Roger’s “Computer Love”, features Bloody Mary aka Nini X (who tragically passed away in 2006), and gives us two of the most memorable verses from a female emcee in hip-hop history!
During the first verse she turns names of various Blood sets into a rhyme you will never forget. O.Y.G RedRum781 joins her with a real life vision of how much he despises Crips; Fo’ Clips (who also passed away) was actually a Crip, and sings the hook on “Piru Love”! This proved they could keep the beef on wax.
“Steady Dippin”, another single, features the Crips’ artist C-Note – another female emcee, Do or Die, and Genuine Draft (who later became Domino) riding over a smooth g-funk beat painting a visual of daily Crip life. Other standout songs on this classic are “C-Sick”, “C-K Ride”, “Mackin to Slob Bitches”, and “Crip, Crip,Crip”.
‘Bangin’ On Wax’ was, and still is, one of the most influential and overlooked albums when it comes to hip-hop history. A portion of its profits were donated to their community. If you haven’t heard this classic or haven’t listened to it in a while, I suggest you give it a listen now! | Edited by Mr. Joe Walker |
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