For those who are unaware, I (somewhat ironically) found myself more influenced by artists such as Eazy-E and Ice-T than I did so-called “conscious backpack rappers” coming up. It’s ironic because some have tried to classify me as a throwback backpack rapper. But, that’s not to say that I’m out here slanging and banging anymore or anything. However, the approach these two artists took to music always was a marvel-worthy thing for me. Additionally, there’s just something about artists like the aforementioned that made me want to rap more than, say, Common when I first started rapping. So, it comes as no surprise that Eazy-Duz-It is one of my favorite albums.
Released about a month after N.W.A.’s Straight Outta Compton, Eazy-Duz-It But, does one of the quintessential gangsta rap albums hold up twenty-eight years later, or does it suffer from being a product of its time?