39. Straight Out The Gutta, U.N.L.V.
Purists often forget it’s okay to have a little fun mixed in with your rap music. Cash Money’s own U.N.L.V. were far from lyrical miracles, but their importance to the New Orleans rap scene can’t be overstated. As well as being one of the first locally distributed artists on Cash Money Records in the 90’s, the Uptown N*ggas Living Violent were also pioneers of the local bounce sound. Two of their songs, “Drag Em N Tha River” (a Mystikal diss) and “Go DJ,” would even lay the explicit groundwork for later hits by Juvenile and Lil’ Wayne.
Straight Out The Gutta finds Tec-9, Lil Ya and Yella Boy geeking out over Mannie Fresh production that pounds your face in. Early Cash Money acts like Gangsta Dee, Lil Slim and Mr. Ivan help out at certain points, making it something of a family affair. Ultimately, the album is a balanced mix of unmistakable homegrown cadences and ear-drumming beats that puts the spotlight on street raps about life in the N.O.