The Day After Hell Broke Loose is a collective affair, bringing together the beats of producer Bigg Tyme and the raps of the Rap-a-Lot stable circa 2004. Neither Bigg Tyme nor the Rap-a-Lot rappers represented here are particularly well known outside of their region, which is that of Houston. Nonetheless, they no doubt warrant some merit for their efforts here, which are quite various yet thematically consistent. Bigg Tyme produces every track here, 14 of them in total (though a few are skits), and most nonskits are collabos including such rappers as Slim Thug, Mike Jones, Chamillionaire, Dolla aka da'Costa, and Z-Ro. A few big names do grace the album, namely Scarface, Lil' Flip, Bun B, and Devin the Dude, but they do so only passingly, as if their raps had been drawn from Rap-a-Lot's archive. While Bigg Tyme is no Dr. Dre, the end result of his copresentation is a sort of Houston-style Chronic, albeit one that isn't quite as well developed or thought out. Granted, comparing The Day After Hell Broke Loose to The Chronic may do both a disservice, but the touchstone is helpful, and if indeed the idea of such an album appeals to you, then you might want to check this one out, especially if you're a fan of Rap-a-Lot.
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AllMusic Review by Jason Birchmeier
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