From Ice-T to Eazy-E, numerous gangster rappers have provided chilling narratives about the life of crime they put behind them. The members of the Lifers Group, however, didn't quit before it was too late -- they're real-life inmates at New Jersey's infamous Rahway State Penitentiary who recorded this album behind bars. One of the most unsettling recordings in the history of rap, this CD is the hip-hop equivalent of "Scared Straight" -- a no-holds-barred audio-documentary of the horrors of prison life. When these inmates (one of whom had been locked up 14 years in 1990) describe the hell of their day-to-day existences and what led to their incarceration, it's clear that they're actually living the nightmare they document. The Lifers' message to young felons on the outside it clear: change your ways before you end up like us.
AllMusic Review by Alex Henderson