Geto Boys

Grip It! On That Other Level

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A major leap from 1988's clunky and derivative Making Trouble, it was this record that gained the attention of Rick Rubin, who would swiftly sign the group to Def American and re-release slightly altered versions of many of these songs for the group's self-titled album. Since ten of the 12 tracks found here would be improved or simply lifted for The Geto Boys, there isn't much of a reason why anyone would need this, even though Rap-A-Lot continued to keep it in print. "Seek and Destroy" and "No Sellout" are the only two songs that aren't available elsewhere; the former is a decent, speedy Scarface track, while the latter is a pro-black cut headed by Willie D. The most significant difference between this and the self-titled album can be heard in the versions of "Mind of a Lunatic." The actual backing track was hardly adjusted -- if at all -- for the self-titled album, but the deliveries from Bushwick Bill, Scarface, and Willie D are much more horrifying and claustrophobic on that later version. Plus, it also sounds much more gut-kicking coming after "Size Ain't Shit." On this disc, it's the final track and seems sequentially out of place.

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