Capital Punishment

Livin' on the Edge of a Razor

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Capital Punishment shouldn't be confused with the Capital Punishment Organization (CPO), which MC Ren of N.W.A. fame worked with. It would be easy to confuse them because both are gangsta rap groups that recorded in the early '90s. This Capital Punishment was an obscure act that came out of Dallas, where it recorded Livin' on the Edge of a Razor in 1991. If you're looking for originality, you won't find it here -- there's little or nothing to distinguish Capital Punishment from countless other groups that jumped on the gangsta rap bandwagon in the late '80s and '90s. Rapping in the first person about committing violent crimes and having promiscuous sex with women they call "bitches and hoes," Punishment members Lil' C, B-Insane and the Aggravated MC fail to bring any new or noteworthy insights to gangsta rap. A few of the tunes are kind of catchy, including "This Is How It Should Be Done" and "Aggravated MC." Nonetheless, the CD is faceless and quite unimaginative.

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