Illuminated by K-Def's slick production skills and with a little help from friend and big-time super producer Marley Marl, Turnaround: A Long Awaited Drama had a fresh sound and became an underground success. The album, recorded at Marley Marl's legendary House of Hits studio, was a showcase for amplified crime-rhyme. The hit single "Real Live S**t" benefited from a prodigious timpani drum track laid down by Marl, and the album also featured an all-star remix of the track with appearances from Ghostface Killah and Cappadonna from the Wu-Tang family. K-Def's production inflated the album with thick, heavy drum kicks and subtle strings, while Larry O's raw and unpretentious lyrics revolved around drug trafficking and its many perils.
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AllMusic Review by M.F. DiBella