Westside Connection

Terrorist Threats

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A long seven years after the gangsta rap supergroup Westside Connection released Bow Down, one of the definitive West Coast gangsta rap albums of the '90s, they reunited in 2003 for a second go-round, Terrorist Threats. The state of the rap union had changed a lot since 1996, which was the height of the original gangsta era, back when 2Pac and Biggie were still alive and in their prime. So it's a little unsettling to hear the trio of veteran gangstas in Westside Connection -- Ice Cube, WC, and Mack 10 -- still trying to rally the "Gangsta Nation" circa 2003, the year of young gunners like 50 Cent and pretty-boy skirt-chasers like Chingy. Yet the old-fashioned gangsta growl of Westside Connection seems all the more poignant as a result -- as if they were ghosts of gangsta past, back to haunt listeners -- especially on songs like "So Many Rappers in Love," where these O.G.s call out their much younger, "21 Questions"-asking contemporaries. Not everything on Terrorist Threats is gruff and bitter, though. Standout songs like "Gangsta Nation" and "Lights Out" have plenty of feel-good swerve, especially when the likes of Nate Dogg and Knoc-Turn'al grace the hooks.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
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1:14 SpotifyAmazon
2 3:43 SpotifyAmazon
3 3:01 SpotifyAmazon
4
feat: Nate Dogg
4:53 SpotifyAmazon
5 4:14 SpotifyAmazon
6 4:45 SpotifyAmazon
7 3:51 SpotifyAmazon
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4:04 SpotifyAmazon
9 4:13 SpotifyAmazon
10 3:42 SpotifyAmazon
11 3:11 SpotifyAmazon
12 3:51 SpotifyAmazon
13 2:28 SpotifyAmazon
14 4:14 SpotifyAmazon
15
feat: Nate Dogg
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