Ra Desperidos

Tired of Strugglin'

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Few knew who Ra Desperidos were when Koch Records released Tired of Strugglin' in 2002. The hardcore rap group's only claim to fame had been an appearance on the third Mo Thugs Family album, but that really wasn't much of a claim to fame since the Mo Thugs Family's albums had sold poorly. Furthermore, in 2002 no one cared about the Mo Thugs Family -- or, for that matter, Bone, the rap group at the core of the Mo Thugs Family. Bone's one-time success in the mid-'90s had long since dissipated, and every Bone-related album released in the early 2000s had proven disappointing. Thus, Ra Desperidos really don't have much of a claim to fame and, worse, their music isn't going to attract much notice. In general, Ra Desperidos are a standard hardcore rap trio; they follow the style's conventions and are run-of-the-mill at best. And while that's wonderful for followers of the style, the glut of hardcore rap albums flooding the streets in 2002 prevents this album from being anything more than "just another hardcore rap album." Notably, Ra Desperidos antagonize the Mo Thugs Family in the liner notes: "Mr. T N Tee would like to say f*ck Mo Thugs as a label comany [sic] and what it sands [sic] for f*ck Steven Layzie Bone Howse for being the fakest buster in the rap game. F*ck Bone as a whole for being stupid as f*ck and not business minded enough to get the f*ck away from Tomeka before yall carer [sic] went from sugar to sh*t." While it's always disheartening to witness such antagonistic claims, particularly in rap where these sort of squabbles often get out of hand, these ugly liner notes happen to be the most engaging aspect of this album. Without this sort of drama, Tired of Strugglin' really doesn't have much to offer.

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