45. Like It Should Be, Extra Prolific
The Hieroglyphics crew was a breeding ground for rappers to establish solo careers, but Extra Prolific were never an integral part of that development process. Snupe and Mike G were the second group to split from Hiero, after Souls of Mischief, for a deal with Jive. Mike G would leave after Like It Should Be and Snupe took over Extra Prolific as a solo duo while clinging to Hiero, but he eventually got kicked out of the group. Noz floated some juicy rumors about why that might have happened right here.
As many have pointed out in the past, Snupe (the sole rapper) balanced a backpacker’s rubbery delivery with an eye towards pimping. It’s jarring to picture an underground rapper talk about the same shit Too Short exhorted, but that juxtaposition is exactly why it works so well. Mike G has some blunted beats to match (especially “One Motion”), making for a classic, albeit underrated West Coast album.