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Against tha Grain
     

Against tha Grain

by Kurupt
 
The 2005 release of Kurupt's Against tha Grain was surrounded by drama. It was promised in early 2004 and then delayed, and it's the reunion of the snarling rapper and Suge Knight's Death Row, a label suffering a decade-long dry spell after dominating the early '90s. The album itself is strong -- well rounded and slick but with sharp

Overview

The 2005 release of Kurupt's Against tha Grain was surrounded by drama. It was promised in early 2004 and then delayed, and it's the reunion of the snarling rapper and Suge Knight's Death Row, a label suffering a decade-long dry spell after dominating the early '90s. The album itself is strong -- well rounded and slick but with sharp teeth and a hard ghetto punch. When the album addresses the Death Row drama -- utilizing some old rhymes by the late 2Pac for "My Homeboys (Back to Back)," overusing up-and-comer, label signee Eastwood -- things slow down a bit. Front loading all your highlights isn't the greatest idea either, but they're slamming highlights and lead to the album's darker and still satisfying second half. "Throw Back Muzic '86" is the kind of ghetto-sentimental "back in the day" club banger that gets you on the radio and restores all your street-cred in one swoop. Less contrived are the venomous and completely aware "Speak on It," the bitter and tense "Anarchy '87," and the claustrophobic stomper "Deep Dishes," but "Stalkin'" takes the cake. On the track, West Coast producer Sir Jinx proves that he just isn't heralded enough by layering jump rope chanting teen girls over a loop by cult Krautrockers Can. It's a very non-Suge Knight moment, but the scrappy Kurupt might be showing him the way with this album. Against tha Grain recalls when gutter creativity and phat West Coast beats were the label's bread and butter and all the driven music steamrolled over the competition with little concern for what people -- or the boss for that matter -- were sayin'. Taking the label from here is up to Suge since there's plenty of evidence Kurupt is hungry enough to dominate with or without him and by any boot-to-the-head means necessary.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/23/2005
Label:
Death Row
UPC:
0728706305822
catalogNumber:
63058

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kurupt   Primary Artist,Rap
2Pac   Rap
Dave Hollister   Rap
Carl "Butch" Small   Percussion
Dayton Family   Rap
Mark Sparks   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Jinx   Keyboards
M.O.P.   Rap
Claudio Cueni   Keyboards
Eastwood   Rap,Track Performer
David E. Williams   Guitar
Young Tone Da Goombata   Track Performer
Spider   Rap
Potion   Rap
Darren Vegas   Keyboards
Doug Mayhem   scratching,Keyboards
Val C.   Background Vocals,Rap,Track Performer
Potion   Track Performer
Young Tone   Rap
Big Tri   Rap
Marks Sparks   Keyboards,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

K. Nix   Composer
Carl "Butch" Small   Production Director
Mark Sparks   Composer,Producer,drum programming
Jinx   Composer,Producer,drum programming
Rev. E.L. McKinney   Composer
R.F. Peterson   Composer
Suge Knight   Executive Producer,Audio Production
R. Lewis   Composer
N. Hale   Composer
Darren Vegas   drum programming
Doug Mayhem   Producer,drum programming
Baby C-Style   Producer
Marks Sparks   Composer,Producer,drum programming

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