Al Kapone

Memphis Drama

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Like hundreds of other scene-oriented rap compilations, Memphis Drama takes several unknown and underground rappers and showcases their homegrown talents. The Memphis sound is very similar to most other gangsta rap sounds, taking the click and pop beats made popular by Miami rappers like Master P and combining them with the deep funk that the West Coast rappers are known for. The fast rhyming and angry yelling cover up some of the weaker rappers, but only a few songs really stick out. Kingpin Skinny Pimp's "Catch a Case" has a good haunting backbeat that is similar to Dr. Dre's work on Snoop Dogg's solo albums, while "I'm the Nigga" is a better-than-average boast that features Al Kapone's charismatic yelp. But overall, there are few true gems to be found on this album, and this will probably appeal to Memphis fans and hardcore hip-hop collectors only.

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