5th Ward Boyz – Ghetto Dope (Rap-A-Lot)
Highlights: "Bringing Hats," "Studio Gangster," "5th of Ghetto"
If you can’t tell by now, Rap-A-Lot was on a fucking roll in 1993. J. Prince had cultivated a rock solid stable of artists, and the 5th Ward Boyz were at the top of the list. 007, E-Rock and Lo Life were animated, and with N.O. Joe’s masterful production, their debut Ghetto Dope was as potent as smack. You’ve got to really try to stink up beats like these to fail, but the 5th Ward Boyz hit each track with their own style, as bitches and studio gangsters are equal fodder for dismissal. The album is essentially fun, despite its disheartening content, and it’s that intangible quality that makes the LP so ripe for repeat listens.
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