Mack 10

Ghetto, Gutter & Gangster

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Just in case you'd missed the point of his last eight albums, Mack 10 is here to represent the West Coast as the apex of all things gangsta, a mission he's pursued with single-minded devotion since his self-titled 1995 debut. Though he's paradoxically had quite a lot of help from the Dirty South courtesy of Cash Money Records over the years, here he's back on home turf, overseeing a set from the cream of his young proteges.

While there's no anthemic "L.A. For Ya" in evidence here, Mack 10's influence is in full effect throughout cuts such as the Hoo Bangin Gangstas' "Get Yo Ride On," Da Hood's "Promise To Be a Hustla," and Turk Talk's "In the Heart of the Ghetto." Guns, drugs, and general mayhem are of course the order of the day. A soundtrack to the everyday murders, addictions, and third-world living conditions of ghetto life.

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