Big Mike – Somethin’ Serious (1994)Standouts: “Havin’ Thangs” “Playa, Playa” “World of Mine”
As Big Mike grew, his commanding gravity on the mic developed, and after becoming a Geto Boy for ‘Til Death Do Us Part a year earlier, Big Mike dropped one of the best Rap-A-Lot albums ever with Somethin’ Serious. Pimp C stops by to kick a verse on the classic “Havin’ Thangs” while his UGK partner Bun B shows up on the last track, “On da 1,” but it’s Big Mike who ushers us into his swampy world and surrounds us with it.
Many tended to focus on the shocking aspects of Rap-A-Lot’s music, but Big Mike was a regular old dude, riding through the hood and seeing things he wants to change. Thus, Somethin’ Serious is one of the more endearing entries in a gigantic catalog of classic records.