Album Review

Efil4zaggin Review

Time for a music history lesson for beginners. N.W.A. (Niggaz Wit Attitude) was a rap group straight out of Compton (pun intended) who were the pioneers of gangsta rap and have changed the soundscape of hip-hop music. Their record Straight Outta Compton showed middle class America what life in the hood was like and didn’t sugarcoat anything. It was raw and unapologetically in-your-face, which triggered a moral outrage in the country. But that’s nothing compared to when N.W.A. released Fuck Tha Police, which addressed racial profiling and police brutality. It was so controversial that the FBI actually wrote a letter to the group about the song. All of this helped make N.W.A. even more popular and pushed the Straight Outta Compton album to triple platinum status. But in 1989, Ice Cube left the group since he felt he wasn’t being properly compensated for writing the songs. A year later, he released his debut album AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted and that goes into another story. His old group, on the other hand, would release their second album in 1991 and without Ice Cube, songwriting duties went to MC Ren and Dr. Dre. So how is this second album? Well, we’re about to find out. This is Efil4zaggin or Niggaz4Life.

1. Prelude: We start off with Prelude, performed by MC Ren and Above The Law. As an intro, it doesn’t do a really good job of getting you prepared for the album and as a standalone track, it’s honestly forgettable. I give it a 2/5.

2. Real Niggaz Don’t Die: Something you will notice about this album is how much of an improvement the production is over Straight Outta Compton, which is anchored by the sounds of the 80s. This time around, Dre started experimenting with darker sounds and what would become the g-funk sound that would be perfected in The Chronic and Doggystyle. Anyways, Real Niggaz Don’t Die. This beat goes in, bruh, thanks to that electric guitar and those bells. It creates a real creepy atmosphere that’s perfect for a hardcore album. Plus, I really like the sample in the chorus, which came from this rock classic.

This is used in an ironic way since the song deals with death, a lot, and they use the phrase “we don’t die, we multiply,” a reference to Bebe’s Kids, which was a stand-up routine from the late Robin Harris. This feels more like an intro than Prelude, so I don’t know why they didn’t start the album with this. Also, it’s a really dope song. I would give it a 4/5.

3. Niggaz 4 Life: Well, I hope you like hearing the word nigga because there’s much more of it on this album. We’re now on the title track, which is addressed to anyone who criticized the over-usage of the word and they give out reasons why they call themselves niggas, whether it’s because they’re black or they came from the hood or because they want to use the word. They pretty much do the same thing that Eminem would later do when he blows up, double down on what the critics say about them. I must say, out of all of the songs on this album, this is one of the stronger tracks thanks to the beat and the tighter writing. Although, saying the word nigga a lot gets tiring real quick and we’re on the third track. That is some lazy writing right there. Despite that, I would still give this song a 4/5.

4. Protest (Interlude): I have a rule that I don’t rate interludes like this because they’re skits, not songs, so I can’t judge them like I would a song. But that doesn’t mean I won’t talk about it, so Protest. It’s a fictional news reel that depicts an N.W.A. concert going haywire with gunshots and rage and that’s about it. Seriously. There’s four more of these and they don’t connect to one another nor do they get any better.

5. Appetite For Destruction: After that we get one of two songs that was in a Grand Theft Auto game that just so happen to be singles for the album. Appetite For Destruction was on GTA V and is one of those songs that perfectly captures the feeling of chaos in the production. But lyrically, it’s nothing special as they’re talking about being gangstas and shooting people. Perfect for GTA, I guess? I give it a 3/5.

6. Don’t Drink That Wine (Interlude): Before we get to the next track, we have another interlude, Don’t Drink That Wine. You have this weird commercial that features doo-wop singing that shows up out of nowhere and Dr. Dre going…

The shit y'all listenin' to was sponsored by "M.A.D.D
Mothafuckas Against Drunk Drivin'!"

And that’s the punchline: Mothafuckas Against Drunk Driving. Did I ever mentioned that this has nothing to do with the two songs it was sandwiched between? I feel like there’s a pattern in there.

7. Alwayz Into Something: And we’ve now reached the other song that was in a GTA game, this time, San Andreas. Didn’t think I wasn’t going to miss out on that trivia, did you? Alwayz Into Something is the same as Appetite For Destruction content-wise. The only differences is the more g-funk production and it features a dancehall artist. Also, there’s an Ice Cube diss that comes straight out of nowhere.

1, 2, 3, then I seen a nigga
Hoppin' the fence and it was Ren on the mothafuckin' trigger
He got in the Benz and said
"Dre, I was speakin' to yo' bitch O'Shea”

This won’t be the last time N.W.A. disses their former member. As for the song itself, it’s a 3/5. It’s nothing special, but I like the beat.

8. Message To B.A. (Interlude): Speaking of Ice Cube, we have Message To B.A., a skit where a bunch of random people diss Ice Cube and all of the disses are bottom-of-the-barrel, low-hanging fruit with a fuckton of homophobia and threats of cutting off Cube’s hair and anally raping him with a broomstick. The broomstick comes back into a later song, by the way.

9. Real Niggaz: That last skit goes into Real Niggaz, which continues the Ice Cube disses while the group proclaim themselves as “real niggas.” Yeah, this song is weak as fuck.

We started out wit too much cargo
So I'm glad we got rid of Benedict Arnold

You listen to the song and look at the lyrics and you realize this isn’t a bunch of intimidating dudes showing off how cool they are, they sound insecure and mad that Ice Cube decided to go advance his own career. None of the bars really hit and all of the shots thrown are nothing more than aimless insults that have no point to them. Ice Cube would eventually respond back with No Vaseline and… well, I’ll let the song speak for itself.

Dude, Cube MURDERED N.W.A. on wax. He got them so badly that they didn’t even bother to do a response track. Anyways, Real Niggaz is wack as fuck, even the beat couldn’t save it. I’m giving it a 1/5.

10. To Kill A Hooker (Interlude): Well, with the number of dudes that N.W.A. supposedly killed in this album, the next logical step from that is to turn their attention to women. And thus, we’ve reached a trope too familiar with rap, good ol’ classic misogyny. So in To Kill A Hooker, N.W.A sees a prostitute and they want some action, but they don’t want to pay, so this woman attempts to get away, but they shoot her. Strap in, folks. This rollercoaster is going to take a massive nosedive from here on out.

11. One Less Bitch: We have now reached the most controversial part of the album. Building off the last skit, we get One Less Bitch. Here, we have MC Ren and Dr. Dre rapping about their women issues and each of their verses end with them shooting and killing said women. And they go into graphic detail about it, too.

Now listen up and lemme tell you how I did it
Yo, I tied her to the bed, I was thinking the worst
But yo, I had to let my niggas fuck her first yeah
Loaded up the forty-fo', yo
Then I straight smoked the ho
Yo Everything was cool but Vicky concerned me
Her husband was the District Attorney
So, before he found out he was crossed up
By his bitch I was fuckin' I had her tossed up
And put to sleep, so a nigga never forgets
A dead bitch can't tell a nigga shit
Loped and choked and smoked to the ho' like this:
"Bitch, it's all about Dre
The money, money, money and this all I gotta say"
Of course she came with me and remained with me
'Till the bitch felt lamed and ashamed to be
Workin' that trick shit
Cause niggas knew that she was short one
A little later though she caught one
In the chest and I knew that it was commin'
By who and how the all act would be done?

There’s also an outro from Eazy-E.

In reality, a fool is one who believes that all women are ladies
A nigga is one who believes that all ladies are bitches
And all bitches are created equal
To me, all bitches are the same
Money-hungry, scandalous groupie hoes
That's always ridin' on a nigga's dick, always in a nigga's pocket
And when the nigga runs out of money the bitch is gone in the wind
To me, ALL BITCHES AIN'T SHIT!

Classy. I give this a 1/5.

12. Findum, Fuckum, & Flee: We move on to Findum, Fuckum, & Flee, which is exactly about what the song title says. It’s N.W.A. having sex with numerous chicks and that’s it. I feel like that was the main thing that was motivating this group when making music, being surrounded by so much pussy that it becomes the only thing in their mind: pussy, pussy, pussy. I don’t have much to say about this one. Aside from the heavy-handed sex talk, it’s really mediocre as a song and it doesn’t have much replay value. It’s a 2/5.

13. Automobile: Next is Automobile, which might be one of the most hilarious tracks on the entire album. Don’t get me wrong, this song is terrible, reworking an old Parliament song where a dude doesn’t know the meaning of consent and it gets real rapey. We also have to hear Eazy-E and Dr. Dre sing horribly over a rinky-dink piano and I can’t stop laughing over how ridiculous this shit sounds. You can actually hear laughing in the background like they recorded this as a joke. The World’s Most Dangerous Group, ladies and gentlemen. They’ve become a parody of themselves. The only reason to even listen to this is for a laugh, but it’s still pretty bad and rapey. I give it a 1/5. It’s almost the worst song on the album, but the next track took that title. You though this was bad? You have no idea. This is nothing compared to the unholy Chernobyl disaster that is…

14. She Swallowed It: … She Swallowed It. SHE. SWALLOWED. IT. Words have failed me when describing this song. Guess what it’s about. If you said “sex,” congratulations. You’re a fucking genius. Instead of analysis, I’m just gonna let the lyrics speak for themselves.

This is a bitch that did the whole crew
She get it so much we make bets on who the ho would love to go through
And for the shit that she does, give her a drum roll
Because the dumb bitch licks out the asshole
And she'll let you videotape her
And if you got a gang of niggas, the bitch would let you rape her
She likes suckin' on dicks, and lickin' up nut
And they even take the broomstick up the butt
Just to say that she did it with a rapper
But the pussy was more fishy than red snapper
"But how many licks would it take," she asks
"To make MC Ren start gooshin' up vanilla shakes?"
She took her tongue out her mouth, put it on top
Like a cherry, started movin' it like a snake and it was very irresistable
So fellas, next time they try to tell a lie
That they never suck a dick, punch a bitch in the eye
And then the ho' will fall to the ground
Then you'll open up her mouth
Put your dick in and move the shit around
And she'll catch on and start doin' it on her own
Actin' like she's tryin' to suck the meat off a chicken bone
And then she won't let go
Because bitches suck nut out of a dick just like Drano
Because she just can't quit
Cuz she's addicted, addicted, she's addicted, addicted
She's addicted to suck a good dick

Oh, but here’s where things get worse.

Peep over the seat, Oh shit! It's the preacher's daughter!
And she's only 14 and a ho'
But the bitch sucks dick like a specialized pro
She looked at me, I was surprised
But wasn't passin' up the chance of my dick gettin' baptized
I told the bitch to do it quick
You little ho' hurry up and suck my dick!
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14?!

FUCK THIS SONG!! No, seriously. Fuck this song. With all of the graphic sex going on and the constant slurping sounds that won’t stop, you’d had to throw pedophilia in the mix? This is bad porno music, the kind you would hear in the background of cheap porn videos. Who the fuck wants to listen to this? I can’t imagine anyone actively bumping this without feeling ashamed. It’s the Movie 43/Freddy Got Fingered of rap music. This is easily a 1/5.

15. I’d Rather Fuck You: After that… horrendous abomination, we get a slightly better song in I’d Rather Fuck You, which is more of Eazy-E singing and doing a cover of this Bootsy Collins track.

This is another one of those songs where the only entertainment factor you can gain out of it is unintentional hilarity because Eazy-E trying to sing and be seductive is just funny to me. Aside from that, you’re better off listening to the original Bootsy Collins song because this is still mediocre. I give it a 2/5.

16. Approach To Danger: Whew. We’re finally out of the misogyny and back into killing people with Approach To Danger. I like the creepy atmosphere of the production, this could fit into a horror movie soundtrack. It also fits with the lyrics, which are also haunting. The only real flaw of the track is Eazy-E’s verse. Rap Critic has a point; Eazy-E sounds more menacing talking than rapping. That nasally squeaky voice just doesn’t work at all. Overall, this is a good song, but it does not belong in this part of the album, especially compared to the last couple of tracks. This needs to be in the first half. I give this a 4/5.

17. 1-900-2-Compton (Interlude): Another skit that wastes time as it’s a PSA that depicts a dude (depicted by Warren G) getting arrested and sent to jail.

18. The Dayz Of Wayback: Oh, thank goodness. We’ve reached the final track, The Dayz Of Wayback. It’s about Compton and how it used to be a peaceful place before it became a real shithole and I’ve stopped caring at this point. I’ve gotten so numb to the other tracks depicting murder and rape that I just want this to be over. Anyways, the song is just okay. The beat is fine and the dancehall dude is back. I give it a 3/5.

BEST

Real Niggaz Don’t Die, Niggaz 4 Life, Approach To Danger

WORST

She Swallowed It, Automobile, Real Niggaz

I give Efil4zaggin/Niggaz4life a 1.5/5. My goodness, N.W.A. dropped the ball big time with this album and it’s their second one, too. That is mind-blowing. The beats are easily the best part of the album, you gotta hand it to Dr. Dre for giving this album a clean soundtrack that’s aged pretty well for the most part and is the only reason to listen to the album outside of some unintentional hilarity. But without Ice Cube, the content of the album just isn’t there and what you’re left with is a nonstop barrage of sex, murder, and gangsta posturing that wears thin pretty quickly. The violence and misogyny is so over-the-top that you’d think that it was a satire of gangsta rap albums. But no. This came from N.W.A., the World’s Most Dangerous Group. This puts a stain onto their legacy. After this album, Dr. Dre left the group, formed Death Row Records, released The Chronic, and the rest is history. With his departure, N.W.A. inevitably broke up. There were plans for an N.W.A. reunion, but then Eazy-E died of AIDS in 1995 and those plans were put on the shelf. Amazing that this group was so influential, yet half of their discography was stuff like this.

Peace!!

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