Seagram – Dark Roads (Rap-A-Lot)
I am way too tempted to write about this album in the -izzle style, but I’ll control myself. If you thought Snoop Dogg started all that fashizzle my nizzle stuff, you’re wrong. That was Seagram and Gangsta P, two West Coast rappers signed to Rap-A-Lot who freaked the slang on the opener to Dark Roads, “Straight Mobbin'.” This album wouldn’t be on this list if the whole album was rapped like that, though (the “izzle” link on Wikipedia will rightly redirect you to a page called “Gibberish”).
Oakland rapper Seagram didn’t live to see 27 after being tragically shot down, but at least he got to do two albums, Dark Roads and Reality Check (a third album, Souls On Ice, was released posthumously). The second track on his debut, "2 For 1,” sneaks in three beats over the span of five minutes and gets the album jumping, but by track four he’s praying to Satan, “the ruler of the earth,” and things get dark real quick. Label partners Scarface, Ganksta N-I-P and Willie D show up for a couple choice verses, but Seagram dominates the record with tales of drug dealing and gun violence. I doubt that J. Cole would visit “The Vill” mentioned on this album.
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