Ed O.G. (With Da Bulldogs) - Roxbury 02119 (Chemistry)
Highlights: "Streets of the Ghetto," "Love Comes and Goes," "Skinny Dip (Got It Goin' On)," "Go Up And Up"
Ed O.G and Da Bulldogs. have been around for a minute. Younger fans might remember an album he did with Pete Rock around the early 2000's. He's a born and bred Bostonian, growing up in the town and zip code that this album is named after. He was rapping at the tender age of 15 as Edo Rock, and later met the Awesome 2 duo of Teddy Ted and Special K to form Da Bulldogs, Roxbury's most formidable rap crew. Their first album, Life of a Kid in the Ghetto, dropped in 1991 and had the single "Be a Father to Your Kid" get spins on the radio. Their second album, however, was met with a much colder reception, and Mercury ended up dropping the group after Roxbury 02119. Diamond D and Joe Mansfield roughly split production credits, with Diamond's cuts getting the slight advantage. The album is far too overlooked in the retinue of East Coast hip-hop, which might match Boston's understated M.O. but isn't justified by Ed O.G.'s dope early work.
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